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There is more to watching your baby’s development than monitoring height and weight. There are many other milestones to watch for.  You can begin to look for signs of emerging motor and language skills as early as the first month of your baby’s life. It is a very good idea to watch for these milestones, but be very careful not to compare your baby with other babies, even siblings.  Remember that each child is an individual and there is a wide range for children to achieve a particular milestone. It is best to discuss any concerns with your baby’s physician. We have compiled a listing of various milestones to look for as your infant grows.

Your Child's First Five Years  

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  • Birth to 1 month
  • Feeding 5-8 times per day
  • Sleeps 20 hours per day
  • Makes basic distinctions in vision, hearing, smelling, tasting, touch, temperature, and perception of pain
  • 1 year to 1 1/2 years
  • Creeps up stairs
  • Walks for 10 - 20 steps
  • Can make lines on paper with crayon
  • Dependent behavior - gets very upset when separated from mother
  • 2 months to 3 months
  • Color perception
  • Visual exploration
  • Cries, coos and grunts
  • Control of eye muscles
  • Lifts head when on stomach
  • Shows delight
  • 1 1/2 years to 2 years
  • Able to run, kick a ball and build a cube tower
  • Capable of bowel and bladder control
  • Vocabulary of more than 200 words
  • Sleeps 12 hours at night and takes a 1-2 hour nap
  • 4 months to 6 months
  • Localizes sounds
  • Babbling, makes most vowels and about half of the consonants
  • Feeding 3-5 times per day
  • Control of head and arm movements
  • Intentional grasping
  • Rolls over
  • 2 years to 3 years
  • Can jump from steps
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Uses crayons and can build a 9-10 cube tower
  • Starting to use short sentences
  • Very curious and exploratory
  • Fear of separation
  • 7 months to 9 months
  • Control of trunk and hands
  • Sits without support
  • Crawls
  • 3 years to 4 years
  • Can stand on one leg
  • Can jump up and down
  • Can draw circles and a cross
  • 10 months to 12 months
  • Control of legs and feet
  • Able to stand and creep
  • Able to grab with thumb and forefinger
  • Says one or two words together
  • Understands simple commands
  • Eats 3 meals with 2 snacks
  • Can express anger
  • 4 years to 5 years
  • Mature motor skills
  • Skips and broad jumps
  • Can dress themselves
  • Can copy a square and triangle
  • Talks clearly
  • Mastered basic grammar
  • Knows over 2,000 words
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