Growth Spurts: Development in the First Two Years

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Going to the pediatrician’s office with a small infant or toddler can be an adventure in itself. It’s even harder if you’re faced with unexpected questions or concerns. Here’s a short list of age-appropriate skills your pediatrician will probably ask you about.

Remember that each child is different. If you have a concern, talk to your pediatrician.

Gross Motor Development

  • Lifts up head (1 to 4 months)
  • Rolls front to back (3 to 6 months)
  • Rolls back to front (4 to 7 months)
  • Sits with support (4 to 7 months)
  • Sits without support (5 to 9 months)
  • Creeps (5 to 10 months)
  • Crawls (6 to 11 months)
  • Pulls up to stand (6 to 12 months)
  • Cruises (9 to 14 months)
  • Walks (9 to 17 months)
  • Runs (13 to 20 months)

Fine Motor Development

  • Bats at objects (2 to 5 months)
  • Discovers hands and feet (3 to 5 months)
  • Transfers objects from one hand to the other hand (4 to 7 months)
  • Finger feeds (5 to 10 months)

Social/Emotional Development

  • Social smiles (1 to 3 months)
  • Learns object permanence (6 to 12 months)
  • Goes through stranger anxiety (6 to 12 months)

Language Development

  • Coos (1 to 4 months)
  • Laughs (3 to 6 months)
  • Turns to voice (3 to 6 months)
  • Blows raspberries (3 to 6 months)
  • Jabbers (5 to 9 months)
  • Says “mama” and “dada” specifically (9 to 14 months)

Have you ever been concerned about one of your child’s development skills? I was convinced at 18 months that my daughter was never going to really talk. At 25 months, that seems laughable. She never STOPS talking now. I think sometimes we create things to worry about, don’t you? –Jessie, Resident ParentLife Blogger

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