The CDC’s milestone checklist provides parents and clinicians with a valuable tool for measuring development as a child grows to help prevent a child from missing out on services that could be helpful early in life. .
Here are some examples of developmental milestones that most children (75 percent or more) can do by a certain age under the CDC’s updated guidelines:
- At six months, most babies know familiar people, like to look at themselves in a mirror, laugh, make sounds with you, blow raspberries (stick out their tongue and blow), squeal, reach for toys, roll from tummy to back and use their hands to support themselves when sitting.
- At 1, most infants play games like pat-a-cake, wave bye-bye, can say “mama” or “dada,” understand “no,” can pull up to stand, can walk holding on to furniture (also called grazing) and can pick things up between the thumb and index finger.
- At 2, most children notice when others are hurt or upset, can point to things in a book when you ask them, can say at least two words together like “more milk,” employ more gestures such as blowing a kiss, can manipulate buttons or knobs, can kick a ball, run, walk and eat with a spoon.
- At 3, most children notice other children and want to play, ask more questions, can identify what’s happening in a picture or book, can say their first name when asked, can draw a circle when you show them how, can string beads, can put on clothes and use a fork.
For a full list of the milestones through age 5, please click here.
“If you have a concern with your child, bring it up with your pediatrician so we can address it and determine if your child needs some external developmental services,” Dr. Carter says. “Every child has his or her own pace, but if you have any questions, we are here to help you find answers and support.”