How young is too young to start monitoring your child’s development?

How young is too young to start monitoring our children’s developmental milestones?   To answer this question, we must first know what a developmental milestone is.   Developmental milestones are actually the things that your child should be doing at certain ages. There are actually many websites that talk about developmental milestones and you can find a checklist for your child at any age.  One of my favorite sites is  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/).  They actually have great checklists and a wonderful road map that you can follow as your child grows.

It is important to know these milestones so that if your child is not meeting them you may need to talk to your pediatrician.  My new grandson is only one month old. One of the earliest milestones is to maintain eye contact.  Infants as young as two months old should be at this milestone. If your child is unable to do this, this could be a sign of a developmental delay or autism.  In the below photo, I am having fun playing  with my new one month old grandson while checking out his development.  He’s got the maintaining eye contact down!

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Maintaining Eye Contact

The above website also gives you ideas to work with your infant/child if they are not meeting their milestones.  Other early milestones that infants meet by the time they are 2 months include cooing and mimicking facial expressions. During my recent play session, I decided to see if he could mimic and coo with me.  He mimicked me by sticking his tongue out and also curling up his lips.

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Mimicking his Nana

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Mimicking his Nana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is not cooing yet, but I have confidence he will by next month.  All of this is a good sign that he is going to meet his developmental milestones.   It will be important that we monitor his milestones throughout his preschool years to ensure that he is right on target with his development. If at any time we notice that he is not reaching a milestone, we would talk with his pediatrician and seek early intervention services. It is well documented through research that earlier intervention works!

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