Nov 9, 2010
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Baby Milestones



Tracking a baby development involves more than just logging the height and weight of the baby. There are many childhood milestones that parents should lookout for.

Michelle Bailey, who is an MD and medical director of Duke Health Center located at Southpoint, has stated that even during the first few months of a baby’s life, a number of motor and language skills can be observed.

Bailey has gone on record to say that babies tend to vocalize during the first month of their lives. At three months of age, they tend to push their head up while they lie on their stomach. By the age of four months they respond by chattering and shriek with laughter.

Bailey suggests that it would be good for parents to keep an eye for these milestones that occur during childhood. Significant developments such as walking and talking cannot be missed by parents. Parents should never draw comparisons between their children and their peers or elder siblings. Always keep in mind that every child is an individual. The age range for when particular children attain particular milestones varies. For instance, some children walk when they are just nine months of age, whereas some walk at 14 months of age.

Delays in Development

It is quite difficult to point out the difference when a child is biding his or her own time or when there is a real delay in development. Marat Zeltsman, DO, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, is of the opinion that a development delay occurs when a child fails to reach a milestone in the upper range of normal. Individual babies take their own time to develop. However, each child must perform certain tasks by a specific age. These tasks can be categorized into five primary ones:

  • Gross motor skills, including crawling and walking
  • Fine motor skills, including placing blocks and coloring
  • Language, including comprehension and speech
  • Thought processes
  • Interaction with other kids and society

Mentioned below is a brief timeline of baby milestones, taking inputs from CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics. In some cases, children may extend the timeline and yet be normal. Consult a pediatrician to know more.

2 months:
a gentle smile at the sound of the parent’s voice

3 months:
ability to raise the head and chest while lying on the stomach. Ability to grasp objects.

4 months:
Babbling and laughing. Imitation of sounds

6 months:
Rolling over from back to stomach and vice versa. Moving objects from one hand to the other.

7 months:
A good response to his or her own name. Ability to find partially-hidden materials.

9 months:
Sitting without support. Crawling

12 months:
Ability to walk without support. Use of one word. Imitation of familiar people.

18 months:
Walking independently. Ability to drink from the cup and speak nearly 15 words.

2 years:
Running. Speaking sentences comprised of two words. Ability to follow basic instructions.

3 years: Climbing. Speaking sentences comprised of many words. Sorting out of objects on the basis of shape and color.

4 years:
Drawing of circles and squares. Interacting with people. Riding a bicycle.

5 years:
Is able to reply with his/her own name and address. Ability to jump, hop and skip. Ability to dress independently.

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