Developmental Milestones

What are developmental milestones?

Developmental milestones are physical or behavioral signs of development of infants and children. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are considered developmental milestones and provide important information regarding your child's early development.

The milestones are different for each age range. These milestones are behaviors that emerge over time, forming the building blocks for growth and continued learning. Some of the categories of behavior include:

  • Cognition: Thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, understanding
  • Motor coordination: Gross/fine motor skills, jumping, hopping, throwing/catching, drawing, stacking
  • Social interaction: Initiating peer contact, group play
  • Adaptive: Dressing, eating, washing

You child's doctor will address all milestones during well-child visits; however, if you have any developmental concerns at any point, you should contact your child's physician to discuss your concerns.

Milestones between 2 months and 5 years

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website for a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child gets older. 

Children develop at their own pace, so don't be alarmed if your child takes a slightly different course.

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