Childhood Milestones: Healthy Development at Every Age

Watching your child grow before your eyes is a rewarding experience. Parents often have questions about what to expect from their growing children at each stage in their young lives.

In this post, we have highlighted the key milestones your child should ideally be reaching at every stage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source)

These milestones are all essential for growth and development.

Proper alignment of the spine and development of the spinal curves is often associated with these key milestones, said Dr. Lauren Palmer. If your child is not reaching these milestones at or near the recommended age, it could be time to take your child in for a chiropractic evaluation.

Two months

At this early stage, newborns should be able to: Turn head towards sounds, start to follow things with eyes and hold their head up and begin to push up while on tummy.

Four months

At four months old, babies should be able to: copy movements/facial expressions, reach for toys with one hand, use hands and eyes together, hold the head steady, push down on legs when on hard surface, bring hands to mouth, push up to elbows when lying on stomach, may be able to roll from tummy to back.

Six months

When a baby is six months old, ideally they will be able to: respond to their own name, look around at things nearby, try to get things out of reach, begin to pass things from one hand to another, roll over in both directions, begin to sit without support, support weight on legs and might bounce while standing.

Nine months

At nine months old, a baby should be able to: copy the sounds and gestures of others, use fingers to point at things, play peek-a-boo, move things smoothly from one hand to the other, pick up cereal between the thumb and index finger.

12 months

At the one year mark, a child should be able to: put out arm or leg to help with dressing, use simple gestures, like shaking head โ€œnoโ€ or waving goodbye, copy gestures, get to a sitting position without help, pull up to stand, walk holding onto furniture, may take a few steps without holding on, stand-alone.

18 months

After a year and a half, a child should be able to: walk alone, walk up steps/run, pull toys while walking, can help undress himself/herself, drink from a cup, eat with a spoon.

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14 thoughts on “Childhood Milestones: Healthy Development at Every Age

  1. yvyeechitsiga says:

    Very informative, I have fallen in love with your page there is so many articles which are so helpful, thank you @Natasha Stewart for introducing me to this platform .

  2. nolwazi says:

    I used too browse on milestones but all my kids they are too forward I’ll feel like the is something wrong with them๐Ÿ˜‚
    They site at 4months, 6months they are cowling 8months they are walking and talking Chinese ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  3. Natasha says:

    Even before my son was born I always enjoyed reading childhood milestones and still do today. Even though we understand that every child might not reach the milestones as stipulated, These are very informative and helpful. Awesome information to share as well. #Childhood Milestones: Healthy Development at Every Age

  4. DESIREE says:

    I Loved this article. Thank you for the information. I have shared it with other mums who have children in similar ages. Knowledge is power. Please also share milestones for older children.

  5. ceciliamdluli89 says:

    my baby girl is 3years now and I always browse through her first 24months pictures she was such a fast learner she reached all her major milestones earlier than expected because she started creche just at 3.5 months.