From the moment the child is born, they start learning and developing. A child’s mind is like a sponge, they soak up loads of information from the environment around them. Through these pieces of information, a child becomes able to do more complex activities and function. As a kid develops, they acquire a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks. These functional skills are what you call developmental milestones. These milestones can serve as a reference in order to track your child’s progress. Here are a few of the developmental milestones.
At 2 months old, the child begins to recognize the parents and starts to pay attention to faces. They also start to make gurgling sounds and coos and turn their heads towards sounds. Physically, they start to hold their heads up and push their bodies up. At this stage, parents can start cuddling, playing, and talking to their babies.
At 1 year old, the child begins to respond to simple requests, start to have favorite things and people, and may stand alone. The child can also copy words that they hear and start to explore their environment. At this age, a good thing for parents to do is start teaching the children good behavior, introduce them to reading, teach them to label things, and let them explore.
At 2 years old, children start enjoying the company of other children, start copying others, start saying simple sentences, and begin to run. At this age, encouraging your child to help with simple chores will be both fun and beneficial for both the child and parent.
At our preschool and daycare in Astoria, New York, we help your children meet their developmental milestones. We also offer programs for universal Pre-K in New York.