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Though every child is different, childhood development tends to follow a pretty predictable path. Most children are crawling by nine months, walking by a year, speaking in short sentences by two, riding a tricycle by four and reciting name, address and phone number by five. Though you should avoid comparing your child’s development to that of another, you should keep track of when your child hits most of the big milestones. You should also keep an eye out for developmental delays so that you can discuss them with your doctor at your child’s next appointment.
Infants develop at a surprisingly quick rate. Though every infant will develop at his or her own pace, there are certain milestones you want to make sure that your baby meets. Below are a few milestones your infant should meet at one, three, four, seven, eight and 12 months:
Four to Seven Months:
Eight to 12 Months
Before you know it, your baby will be a rambunctious, playful toddler. At this stage, you will begin to notice your child’s unique personality shine through. There are important milestones that your toddler should meet at ages 18 months and two and three years old:
At this point, your child should demonstrate some level of independence and function without your help. Some things that your 4-to 5-year-old should be able to do include the following:
If you are concerned about your child’s development, share your concerns with your doctor. Though every child is different, your doctor can provide peace of mind or guidance on how to help your child succeed.
“Infant Milestones.” John Mersch, MD, FAAP, eMedicineHealth.
“Child Development: Know What’s Ahead.” Mayo Clinic.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.