How do you know if your child is maturing properly?
It helps to know the developmental milestones and about when they typically occur.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says:
- By 2 months: Tries to look at a parent and pays attention to faces.
- By 4 months: Mimics facial movements such as smiling or frowning, and responds to affection.
- By 6 months: Likes to look in the mirror and brings objects to mouth.
- By 9 months: Has toy preferences and picks up small items between the thumb and forefinger.
- By 12 months: Puts out an arm or leg to help with dressing and follows basic directions.
- By 18 months: Points to a specific body part when asked.
- By 2 years: Gets excited to see other kids and starts to sort shapes and colors.
- By 3 years: Dresses by itself and completes puzzles with three or four pieces.
- By 4 years: Understands difference between real and make-believe, and predicts what happen next in a book.
- By 5 years: Wants to emulate friends and is able to draw a person with six body parts.
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