Developmental milestones are clues that your child’s growth is on track. The way they listen, talk, move, behave and learn at certain ages are big milestones. Every parent should know, track, ask doctors and teachers and tell friends about developmental milestones. It’s the key to a healthy start in life.
It's simple. There are ways that children should speak, act and learn by certain ages. For example, most babies make a lot of sounds and say “mama” by age nine months. When your child is on track, it’s time to celebrate. The doctor can assess if this is a natural or typical delay in your child or a developmental delay. When they are not, it’s time to talk to the doctor.
Developmental screening is testing to see if a child’s development is on track. The doctor should screen your child at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months, and every year after that. To find a doctor that offers screening, use our locator.