The Journey Through Childhood: Milestones at Every Stage

Watching your child grow before your eyes is a rewarding experience. Parents often have questions of what to expect from their growing children at each stage in their young life. In this post, we have highlighted the key milestones your child should ideally be reaching at every stage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These milestones are all essential for growth and development. Proper alignment of the spine and development of the spinal curves is often associated with these key milestones, said Dr. Lauren Palmer. If your child is not reaching these milestones at or near the recommended age, it could be time to take your child in for a chiropractic evaluation.

Childhood Physical Milestones

Two months- At this early stage, newborns should be able to: Turn head towards sounds, start to follow things with eyes and hold their head up and begin to push up while on tummy.  

Four months- At four months old, babies should be able to: copy movements/facial expressions, reach for toys with one hand, use hands and eyes together, hold head steady, push down on legs when on hard surface, bring hands to mouth, push up to elbows when lying on stomach, may be able to roll from tummy to back.

Six months- When a baby is six months old, ideally they will be able to: respond to own name, look around at things nearby, try to get things out of reach, begin to pass things from one hand to another, roll over in both directions, begin to sit without support, support weight on legs and might bounce while standing.     

Nine months-At nine months old, a baby should be able to: copy sounds and gestures of others, use fingers to point at things, play peek-a-boo, move things smoothly from one hand to the other, pick up cereal between the thumb and index finger.

12 months- At the one year mark, a child should be able to: put out arm or leg to help with dressing, use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving goodbye, copy gestures, get to a sitting position without help, pull up to stand, walk holding onto furniture, may take a few steps without holding on, stand alone.

18 months- After a year and a half, a child should be able to: walk alone, walk up steps/run, pulls toys while walking, can help undress himself/herself, drink from a cup, eat with a spoon.

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Lauren Palmer