Developmental Milestones Matter!
Download CDC’s Milestone Tracker app for a fun and easy way to track and celebrate your child’s developmental milestones!
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.
Track Your Child’s Development
with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker App!
Track your child’s milestones with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker mobile app, available for iOSexternal icon and Androidexternal icon in 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 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! pdf icon[2 MB, 20 Pages, 508]
- Milestone Moments Booklet pdf icon[5 MB, 24 Pages, 508]– 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. Print 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.
Visit www.cdc.gov/ActEarly/Materials to learn more and view other free materials.
Missing Milestones? Time to Act Early.
Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
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 pdf icon[406 KB, 2 Pages, 508]);
- Share your concerns (use a milestone checklist 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.