Developmental Milestones

Children grow in unique ways. How do you know what to expect as your child grows? What should you look for? Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age, such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye.”

Early Milestones Learn about your child’s development from birth to 5. Identify and celebrate early milestone achievements. Learn what exciting new things to expect. Support healthy development and learning.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A resource to encourage healthy child development, developmental and behavioral screening, and support for families and providers who care for them.

Milestone Tracker Mobile App. Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Your Baby’s Milestones. Explore this site to find developmental milestones, learn fun games to play with your child. Watch videos and download material to track your child’s development.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Taking a first step, smiling for the first time and waving “bye-bye” are developmental milestones. What should you expect from your child? This site helps you track development and act early if you have a concern.

Videos and Podcasts

Short video overview of a child’s development:

It’s Better to Know This website can help parents learn more about physical developmental delays for children ages 5 and under.

Child Development for Multiple Ages Videos to help you learn about your baby’s motor, sensory and language development and why Tummy Time is so important. 

Understand your child’s unique temperament

Daily Routines That Support Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development Flyers and posters with suggestions of how to support development of your child’s social skills and emotional development during daily routines.

Child Development Tracker: Social and Emotional Growth Track your child’s social and emotional growth by learning the social-emotional milestones for each year of your child’s life (from age 1 to 9). There are tips for building learning skills.