The milestones as your child develops…

What can I expect when my child turns (his or her age here)? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the answer, from the time your baby is two months old up to her fifth year.

The CDC offers an easy-to-follow, one-page checklist of typical milestones for ten different ages. For example, a 2-month-old begins to smile at people and can briefly calm himself (social/emotional). He coos and turns his head turns sounds (language/communications). She pays attention to faces and gets fussy if activities don’t change (learning/thinking). She can hold her head up and begins to push up when on her tummy (movement/physical development).

Your child not reaching a milestone? It’s not uncommon. The CDC suggests you talk with your health care professional.

What is a “milestone”? The CDC says, “Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).”

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Take this special “passport” to your child’s pediatrician visits

A good way to record the milestones in your young child’s unfolding life is with this special “passport” co-designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. You or your doctor can fill it out at the end of each visit, and you can compare changes from visit to visit.

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