Babies develop at their own pace, so it is impossible to tell exactly when your child will learn a specific skill. The developmental milestones give you a general idea of the changes that are expected at each age, but don't be alarmed if your child's development differs.
Children learn, grow, and develop starting from birth. Some ways to recognize your babies development is through play, communication, behavior, and the way they learn. Many parents find themselves wondering if their child is growing and developing "normally" and may be frequently comparing their child to others. As a parent it is important to recognize that every child is unique in their development and will learn, grow, and develop at different times in many different ways.
As a parent, you are the most important doctor, teacher, and friend to your baby. Having a knowledge of developmental milestones for infants will aid you in providing opportunities for your infant to grow and develop into a healthy child. Being able to recognize abnormal development and being educated in developmental disorders will help you to be the first to detect early warning signs of a developmental delay. Most of the time, a child does not grow out of a developmental delay on their own, but you can help them reach their highest potential in order that they grow into healthy functioning adults!
A clear understanding of both normal and abnormal child development and behavior is needed to decide which problems your child may be having are likely to continue and which might by outgrown. Educate yourselves as parents and be the first to detect early warning signs of developmental delays in your children.