Developmental Milestones Matter!
Skills, such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye,” are called developmental milestones. From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves.
Parents and caregivers can use CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” tools to track developmental milestones from as early as 2 months to help better understand children’s abilities and stay in tune with their developmental health.
CDC’s Milestone Tracker App
Track your child’s milestones with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker mobile app, now available for iOS and Android in both English and Spanish. Interactive checklists with photos and videos of developmental milestones help you know what to look for in your child. Use the app to complete a checklist for your child’s age, share a summary with your child’s healthcare provider, and get tips for encouraging your child’s development. The app has many easy-to-use features, including
- Illustrated milestone checklists for 2 months through 5 years of age;
- Summary of your child’s milestones to share;
- Activities to help your child’s development;
- Tips for what to do if you become concerned; and
- Reminders for appointments and developmental screening.
Print or Order Free Resources
CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program offers many free, parent-friendly tools to help track milestones from age 2 months to 5 years!
- Milestone Checklists– Regularly complete a milestone checklist for your child’s age to track and celebrate the milestones that he or she is reaching. Print a checklist today! [3.96 MB]
- Milestone Moments Booklet [5.09 MB]– This booklet helps parents keep track of their child’s development from 2 months to 5 years of age. Helpful tips and activities to help parents support their child’s development are also included. Order a booklet today!
- Milestones in Action – This image library features photo and video examples of children reaching developmental milestones from 2 months to 5 years of age. Use it to help you know what developmental milestones your child should be reaching.
- Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3! [28.7 MB]– Parents, this book for children ages 2-4 years tells the story of an amazing 3-year-old kangaroo, and also shows you what milestones to look for as your child grows and develops. Download or order a free book today!
Visit “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” to learn more and view other free materials.
Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
Missing Milestones? Time to Act Early
Making sure all children have the help and support they need to overcome challenges, find their strengths, and reach their full potential starts early. You know your child best. If your child is missing milestones for his or her age or you have concerns about your child’s development,
- Talk with your child’s doctor (find tips for this conversation here [214 KB]);
- Share your concerns (use the Milestone Tracker app summary to point out areas of concern); and
- Ask about developmental screening.
If you or the doctor is still concerned,
- Ask the doctor for a referral to a specialist ; and
- Call for a free evaluation to find out if your child can get services to help.
- If your child is under 3 years old, call your local early intervention program.
- If your child is 3 years old or older, call any local public elementary school.
Don’t wait. Acting early can make a real difference!
- Page last reviewed: October 22, 2018
- Page last updated: October 22, 2018
- Content source:
- National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs