If some mums and dads are to be believed, their babies came strolling out of the womb doing stand-up and writing their first novel. But with so many exaggerating parents around it can be hard to know exactly what your little ones should be capable of and when. That’s why we’ve put together this nifty little guide to all the things you need to look out for to make sure your child’s on track.

flying baby

Foreword: Your baby should not be able to fly, at any age. Please seek medical advice.

2-4 months:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the world around them (looking towards the source of sounds, reaching for toys)
  • Begin their first attempts at communication (gurgling, babbling, copying, smiling)
  • Recognising faces and people

6-9 months:

  • Show you whether they are happy or upset
  • Respond to their own name
  • Make vowel sounds and start making consonant sounds
  • Develop physical skills (bringing objects to mouth, rolling over, sitting without support)

One year:

  • First word!
  • Responds to requests and plays games
  • Makes simple gestures (waving, shaking head, drinking from cup)
  • Pull self up to standing, first steps!

18 months to two years:

  • Knows several words and gestures to go with them (yes, no, etc)
  • Knows the names of basic objects
  • Pointing
  • Walking, running and beginning to climb
  • Drinking and eating using cups and cutlery
  • Helps with dressing
  • Scribbling and drawing shapes

Three to four years:

  • Developed speech and grammar (if your friends can understand your toddler this is good sign!)
  • Understands simple puzzles and numbers
  • Climbing stairs
  • Dressing self
  • Able to copy letters
  • First tricycle!

Five to six years:

  • Tying shoelaces
  • Remembering songs or poems
  • Counting to ten or more
  • Writing letters and numbers
  • Using a fork, spoon and maybe knife
  • Putting their clothes and toys away
  • Going to the toilet by themselves

Seven to 10 years:

  • Riding a bike and swimming
  • Tidying up, vacuuming and chores (like pet care)
  • Serving themselves simple meals like sandwiches or cereal
  • Learning basic supervised cooking skills like baking
  • Getting themselves ready to go out
  • Knowing how to answer the phone or dial 999 in an emergency

So there you have it. Making sure your little one is on track for each developmental milestone will help them become fully-fledged little people, ready to face the big wide world! Eek!

We’re not crying, we just have imaginary butterflies in our eyes…

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