Track Your Baby’s Milestones with the New CDC App
From 2 months to 5 years of age, children develop in predictable ways. Physically, for example, most babies can sit up unassisted by 6 months. By 12 months, they can pull up to standing. By 18 months, they can walk alone. By 2 years, they can kick a ball. Overall, babies and toddlers have lots of new physical, social, cognitive and language skills to learn by the time they enter kindergarten.
Of course, no two children are exactly same. Even twins can progress at a slightly different pace. But milestones matter. Is your child on track?
To help you know if your child is meeting important benchmarks for his/her age and stage, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) free Milestone Tracker app. At your fingertips, the milestone tracker app gives you easy have access to:
Illustrated milestone checklists targeted to your child’s age, from 2 months through 5 years
A summary of your child’s milestones to share with your pediatrician at well-child visits
Suggestions for activities you can do at hone to help your child gain age-appropraite skills
Tips for what to do if you’re concerned
Reminders for appointments and developmental screening
Monitoring your child’s development at home can help your pediatrician determine if your child is on target or experiencing a delay or setback. Acting quickly can make a big difference. Early intervention can help children who need to catch up meet developmental milestones through a wide range of services.
The CDC’s milestone tracker app is available at the Apple AppStore on Google Play.