Child Developmental Milestones

Child developmental milestones and delay recognition in your grandchildren is a measure of a child's progress.  By monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act you can expose any developmental milestones or issues.  I would suggest that you discuss any concerns that you may notice with the parents. They probably have already discussed it with the pediatrician, but working together for the well-being of the child is always important.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) realized that all babies in the United States have developmental milestones and 17% have delays or disabilities and the impact that was shown on families made it important for the CDC to invest in a campaign called Learn the Signs. Act Early.

This program is a measure of a child's progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act at various ages and  developmental milestones and stages.

Please watch this video as it introduces the campaign and a few suggestions on what to look for at various ages levels.

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Through my extensive research, I have found that the CDC has been very helpful in presenting a checklist of milestones that babies should reach at various ages. I will include these in my discussion today and if you have any questions, please discuss with the child's parents.

Before we discuss all the child development milestones and stages, I want you to remember that your grandchild may show signs of developmental delays. If you have concerns, please discuss with the baby's parents. They have probably already noticed the same issues, but communication is very important during the baby's first year of development.

Child Developmental Milestones
Uniquely Yours

Have you found that your grandbaby is unique and you are right, there is no one like him! 


So as he or she progresses through the first year or so of birth, there are specific milestones that each will reach usually at their own rate.  

So, don't be too concerned if you don't see your grandchild who was sitting up much earlier than her peers takes the longest to learn how to crawl.  Even with twins, you will see a variation in each development. 

This is a list of child developmental milestones that are considered important in the overall growth of your grandbaby.  

So if you are keeping your grandchild and notice him "respond to his name" for the first time, then you can mention this to his parents.  

It is so much fun to be aware of the "firsts" that our grandbabies are accomplishing! 

You can print this list out and keep it as a checklist as you when you are babysitting!

Child Developmental Milestones

List of Milestones

Baby Block

  • Smiles (not gas)
  • Makes a fist
  • Grasps onto an object
  • Uses raking grasp
  • Uses pincer grasp
  • Transfers and object from one hand to other

Lifts head while on his stomach

Imitates facial expressions that you make

Recognizes Mom and Dad

Recognizes his Grandparents or other relatives

Recognizes caregivers

Responds to his name

Understands the word "no"

Push and Pull toys
  • Recognizes emotions (crying, laughing) by the tone of your voice
  • Imitates sounds or actions
  • Uses his voice to express his feelings and emotions
  • Babbles or baby talk
  • Says first recognizable word (what is it?)
  • Responds to simple commands
  • Finds an object that you have hidden
  • Understands names of objects

Child Developmental Milestones
Baby Sign Language

Cute signing baby! sign language

As our grandbabies continue to develop, I have found that the babies are both less frustrated and seem to understand more by using baby sign language.  

One of the therapists that my grandson uses suggested that it is best for twins and parents to reduce frustration levels prior to developing speech patterns.  In the above video, you can see how happy she seems and is communicating with Mom too!  

Our grandsons use so many of the words that she is using!   This video made me smile!  They first started with "more", "milk", "eat" and  a few others.   It is difficulat for me since they seem to add more each week! 

Happy Signing!

Crab crawl
  • First tooth
  • Rolls over
  • Sits on his own
  • Crawls
  • Pulls up to stand
  • Stands on his own
  • Crab crawls
  • Takes first steps with help from parent
  • Walks on his own

Recognizing Child Developmental Milestones and delays in your grandchildren is important.  Contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC for additional information on developmental delays.

Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials

Have I forgotten anything?

Yes, then please list any information on these child developmental milestones below.  

Grandbaby Developmental Milestones

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