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"Developmental milestones" are skills or age-specific tasks that give parents and doctors insight into how a child is progressing -- physically, emotionally and socially. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave and move. Familiarity with milestones and community resources can help parents and care givers get assistance at the earliest possible point, if a child is behind in any particular area. Since early action is the key to good outcomes, knowing the milestones is very important.
There's a lot of milestone sources on the Internet, from the short listing offered by the Pretend City Children’s Museum, to the more in-depth information on week-by-week milestones up to age 3 served by the folks at the Baby Center, to the authoritative-but-user-friendly milestone tool on the American Academy of Pediatrics's Healthy Children site.
PBS Parents also does well with presenting information on milestones. And you might like this YouTube video by Dr. Lisa Shulman of the Einstein College of Medicine, which summarizes developmental milestones for infants to 2 years of age. And here's developmental information in chart form.
Meanwhile, we've also curated our own list of milestones, largely borrowing from the milestone information provided by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), which we think you will like for both its substance and simplicity. You can visit that site directly, or follow our links for milestones by age of our child.