Development Chart

Keep Track of Your Child’s Growth

Is Your Child Reaching Crucial Milestones?

Childhood is filled with many exciting and important milestones. As a parent or caregiver, you may often wonder if your child is reaching these goals at the appropriate age. In reality, each child is different. However, although there isn’t a set rule for each milestone, you can have an idea of what to expect at each age.

Some questions or concerns might be:

  • At what age should my child walk?
  • When should my child start to talk?

Milestone Tracker

Our Milestone Tracker provides clear information in a variety of categories based on age, including:

Milestones By Age

2 MONTHS

Social-Emotional

Smiles in response to attention; can briefly calm themselves.

Self-Help

Responds by soothing; shows excitement with sight of bottle or breast.

Motor Skills

Brings hands to mouth; can lift head while lying on tummy; turns head from side to side when held.

Language

Responds to loud sounds; coos; turns head to sources of sound.

Cognitive Development

Watches things as they move; looks at faces of adults; begins to enjoy “change of scenery.”

6 MONTHS

Social-Emotional

Begins to differentiate between familiar and unfamiliar people; enjoys interacting with others, especially parents.

Self-Help

Enjoys seeing themselves in the mirror; shows interest in objects; attempts to reach items in view.

Motor Skills

Rolls back to front and front to back; sits without support for a few seconds; supports self on “all fours” as if to crawl; may rock back and forth.

Language

Makes sounds in response to other sounds; often takes turns making sounds with parents; responds to name; passes things from one hand to the other.

Cognitive Development

Is curious and attempts to reach things; looks around to show interest in their surroundings.

1 YEAR

Social-Emotional

Clear distinction in behavior toward familiar and unfamiliar people; demonstrates separation anxiety from parents.

Self-Help

Holds arms or legs out to cooperate with dressing; passes adult a book for a story or a toy to activate.

Motor Skills

Pulls to standing without help; may take independent steps; moves around the room by holding on to objects.

Language

Responds to simple spoken requests or directions; uses gestures; waves hand for “bye- bye”; shakes head for “no.”

Cognitive Development

Follows simple directions “look at me” or “pick up the toy”; looks at picture or object that is named; puts things “in” and “out” of a container.

18 MONTHS

Social-Emotional

Shows affection to familiar people; pretends to feed doll or stuffed animal.

Self-Help

May have temper tantrums; might be “clingy” with caregivers in new situations.

Motor Skills

Walks up steps with hand being held; eats with a spoon; can carry a large object (ex. ball) while walking.

Language

Says 10-15 single words; shakes head or says “no” and “yes” meaningfully.

Cognitive Development

Follows one-step instructions with no gestures; scribbles on paper; points to 1-3 body parts.

2 YEARS

Social-Emotional

Imitates other children and adults; shows excitement when seeing other children; spontaneously greets familiar people.

Self-Help

Demonstrates defiant behavior as a show of independence; feeds himself most foods independently; drinks from an open cup while seated; is aware of the need for a diaper change.

Motor Skills

Builds a tower of 4 or more blocks; kicks a ball; climbs up and down furniture independently; gait is steady; runs with both feet off the floor.

Language

Uses two-word phrases to describe concepts or ideas; identifies objects by pointing; names familiar objects.

Cognitive Development

Plays make-believe games; pretend play includes more complex ideas; follows two-step instructions; sorts most shapes and colors correctly.

3 YEARS

Social-Emotional

Knows if he/ she is a boy or girl; understands “mine”, “his”, “hers”; shows concern for someone who is hurt or sad.

Self-Help

Can transition from one activity to another but may get upset with major routine changes; feeds self with a spoon and a fork; drinks from an open cup without support or spilling; cooperates in dressing and toileting.

Motor Skills

Screws & unscrews jar lids; can turn a doorknob; walks up and down stairs placing one foot on each step; builds a six-block tower; can copy a circle drawn on paper; kicks a ball.

Language

Tells name and age correctly; speaks in full sentences and carries on a conversation; speaks clearly and should be understood by unfamiliar people most of the time.

Cognitive Development

Understands the meaning of “in”, “on”, “under”; understands number concepts “give me one”, and “give me three”; can tell names of favorite friends.

4 YEARS

Social-Emotional

Prefers to play with others; enjoys role-playing; cooperates with other children.

Self-Help

Is able to dress themselves; is mostly independent with toileting needs; remembers the location of items left behind.

Motor Skills

Copies letters and numbers; draws shapes on paper; catches a ball; hops on one foot; stands on one foot without support.

Language

Tells stories; tells first and last names; can tell you what objects are used for; uses correct grammar; uses plurals and words like “he” “she” correctly.

Cognitive Development

Understands concepts like same/ different or short/tall; is able to name and identify body parts; can draw a person with 2-4 body parts.

5 YEARS

Social-Emotional

Tries to please friends; wants to be like their friends; follows rules; can differentiate between real and make-believe.

Self-Help

Is independent in dressing, undressing, hand washing, blowing nose, etc.

Motor Skills

Stands on one foot for 10 or more seconds; is able to hop and may skip; swings and climbs; has a mature grasp of pencil or crayons.

Language

Speaks very clearly; can convey clear ideas when telling a story or sharing an experience; can follow multi-step instructions.

Cognitive Development

Recognizes their own printed name; attempts to write name; draws pictures and tells the story of what is happening in the drawing.

Got Any Questions About the Development Chart?

If you have questions or concerns about whether or not your child is reaching the milestones above, please reach out!

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