Development Checkups - Stages of Baby's Development


Recommended ages for check ups

The best way to ensure that your baby is doing well is by having him/her checked at regular doctor visits. Most newborn and infant wellness checks will be conducted at the times listed below. However, your physician may choose a different schedule than that listed below and that is the schedule you should follow.

●     Six weeks to eight weeks

●     Six to nine months

●     18 to 24 months

●     36 to 48 months

●     54 to 66 months

Many parents would benefit from even more frequent checkups, if you would like more visits, ask for them. At these checkups the doctor will ask questions about how the baby is developing and what milestones he/she has accomplished so far. They will also weigh and measure baby to see how growth is going and give immunizations if any are needed at that time. Regular visits are vital to keep abreast of your baby's development and to reassure parents about their newborns growth.

Stages of Baby's Development

During your baby's routine checkups the physician will also measure your child's skills or developmental progress. All children develop at their own pace, but the majority will have acquired certain skills by the time they reach a certain age. By helping to monitor your baby's developmental progress, and detect any abnormalities, you can ensure that your child grows up as healthy as possible.
We have charted below the variety of steps your baby will most likely have achieved by the age listed. If your baby has not reached a developmental stage by a certain age, it does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. So try not to compare your childs development to that of others. Children are often slow in some stages of development, but advanced in others. Remember, these are only guidelines and always talk to your physician if you are concerned about your baby's development. If your baby was born premature, development is assessed from the expected due date and not the actual birth date.

Development at 3-4 months

●     Grasps objects placed in hand, Smiles spontaneously and begins to laugh
●     Makes cooing noises and starts to babble
●     Kicks actively
●     Excites easily
●     Holds head up well

Development at 6 months

●     Grasps and holds objects placed in hand
●     Transfers objects from one hand to another
●     Rolls over and back
●     Plays with feet
●     Bears weight when held in a standing position
●     Drinks from a cup held to the lips and holds a bottle
●     Finger feeds and begins to chew
●     Imitates a cough
●     Laughs and squeals
●     Turns to sound of parents voice
●     Sits propped up
●     Starts to creep on tummy

Development at 9 months

●     Crawls or attempts to crawl
●     Sits alone on floor
●     Says Mama or Dada
●     Understands no
●     Claps hands and plays pat a cake
●     Looks for fallen toys
●     Pulls up to standing position in crib or playpen

Development at 12 months

●     Sits for an indefinite time without support
●     Crawls on hands and knees
●     Stands alone
●     Walks holding on to furniture or alone
●     Picks up small objects such as crumbs
●     Understands several words
●     Waves bye-bye
●     Points to what is wanted and pulls

Development at 18 months

●     Walks steadily May have started running
●     Climbs on furniture
●     Points to nose, eyes, and mouth
●     Recognizes many objects
●     Carries toys when walking
●     May have started to join words
●     Enjoys copying household tasks such as dusting
●     Understands simple requests