Developmental Milestones

From birth to age 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. The CDC provides comprehensive tools to help you understand each stage of your child's growth. Here is a checklist to view and print which will help you to know what to expect and look for. Or you can use the Milestone Tracker app.

As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones or you think there could be a problem, talk with your child's doctor and share your concerns. Acting early can make a real difference!

Earlier is better! Acting early if your child has developmental delays is important because intervention is more likely to be effective when it is provided earlier in life rather than later. The connections in a baby's brain are most adaptable in the first three years of life.