Developmental milestones happen all throughout our children’s lives. From the time they are babies throughout childhood, they are constantly doing things to show they are growing and learning. As parents, we cheer them on and hug them when they do something new. They are proud of their new skill and so are we. While there are many things kids do to show us they’re growing up, there are some that really stand out.
Developmental Milestones: 6 months
Responds to his/her own name
You’ve called him by his name since birth, but now he’s actually answering to it! Although babies are taking in words and sounds before they are actually born, understanding what they mean is an entirely new world. This is one of those developmental milestones that is huge for both parents and baby.
Developmental Milestones: 1 year-old
Says Mama or Dada
Babies’ first words are another one of those milestones you never forget. Many times those first words are “mama” and “dada”. That’s usually the case because both words have a repetitive sound that’s easy for babies to say. It’s been my experience that kids say “dada” first. Whatever the case, it’s awesome to hear that little voice call your name.
Developmental Milestones: 1 ½ years-old
Put up the baby gates, junior is on the move! It’s one of the most amazing things to watch a baby realize he can move on his own by putting one foot in front of the other. Although this is great, when it comes to developmental milestones, this will one will impact you a lot. This one usually means you’ll be darting after your little one just about everywhere, so get ready!
Developmental Milestones: 2 years-old
Uses 2-4 Word Sentences
No more pointing and making sounds, your child may now be able to put together mini-sentences to get his point across. We all know language is a big part of a child’s development. The fact that he or she can put a noun and verb together is huge. “I go” or “I want” are small sentences, but they are the start of a whole new world of speaking.
Developmental Milestones: 3 years-old
Gets Dressed Alone
By age 3, many kids can get dressed by themselves. This can be a real time-saver when it comes to getting out the door in the morning. By this age, many kids can also pick out their own clothes. They can be pretty vocal about what they do and don’t want to wear. This level of sassiness is one of those developmental milestones we’d like to avoid as parents! But, it’s all part of growing up.
From learning to walk to doing everyday things on their own, kids grow up fast. While these are all benchmarks for assessing your child’s growth, remember kids advance at different stages and ages. So, if your friend’s baby is doing something yours is not, don’t panic. Keep an eye on it. If it’s something that you’re still worried about, talk to your pediatrician. Never doubt your instincts. Moms are usually right!