This list includes milestones for which we have product reviews available. The list is organized by Physical, Cognitive, Social & Emotional, and Communication & Language milestone. This list is based on milestones developed by pediatricians worldwide.
After the umbilical cord stump dries up, falls off, and the area heals, you can start giving your newborn a tub bath every few days. It’s easiest to use the kitchen sink or a small plastic baby tub filled with warm water instead of a standard tub.
Your baby will likely start crawling soon after he’s able to sit well without support (by the time he’s 8 months old). After this point, he can hold his head up to look around, and his arm, leg, and back muscles are strong enough to keep him from falling on the floor when he gets up on his hands and knees.
Drawing starts as scribbling and slowly develops as the child grows. By preschool kids are able to draw recognizable pictures and, eventually, put a few letters down on paper.
It is important for your baby to get used to the process of eating—sitting up, taking food from a spoon, resting between bites, and stopping when full. These early experiences will help your child learn good eating habits throughout life.
Newborns have an innate ability to grasp objects, but it takes them at least a year to develop the co-ordination to pick up and hold things securely in their hands. They start working intensively at this skill at three months and make leaps with each passing month.
Require whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. It also includes eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking).
Keeping the house clean is an important milestone for the parents. Whether it is the changing table, the high chair or any other objects it must be constantly cleaned. Once the child is old enough they can participate in achieving this important stepping stone.
Between 9 and 12 months, your baby will start pulling herself up on anything she can get a good grip on, from the couch to your legs. Now is a good time to bring your baby’s crib mattress down to its lowest height, since if she can pull herself up on her crib rail, she’s probably just a short step away from being able to pull herself over it.
Most babies’ teeth begin to erupt between the ages of 4 to 6 months.Typically, the two bottom front teeth (central incisors) are the first to erupt, followed by the four upper front teeth (central and lateral incisors).
The best way to tell if your baby is ready for the bottle is to give them the bottle and watch how they handle it. If the baby puts the bottle in the mouth and is able to remove it when full, you can slowly begin to introduce bottle feeding.
One of the most important milestones in your child’s life, learning to walk is a huge step towards independence. As he moves from standing propped up against the couch to tottering hesitantly to your waiting arms to running, skipping, and jumping confidently, he’ll be leaving babyhood behind.
Curiosity and exploration help prepare the brain for learning. Babies trying to get things that are out of reach and put anything and everything into their mouths, you know that their curiosity about the world around them is in full swing! They’re busy absorbing everything and making connections based on what they see and hear.
As infants become toddlers, their understanding of number and quantity continues to improve. It is at this time that children learn how to count.
Actively sort objects into a single category (e.g., same colour or same shape) Complete a simple shape-matching puzzle
Recite the alphabet, begin to sing the alphabet song with prompting and cues, make continuous symbols that resemble writing
Able to point to an object. Answer questions about and identify objects in books — such as “Where’s the cow?” or “What does the cow say?”