Stages of child development

There is a common pattern to the way a child develops physically, emotionally as it grows in age. Some children may skip some of the stages, some may come to the stage earlier than indicated and some may have delay in hitting the milestones. These are called normal milestones of development. Once the average or the norm is known then we can judge the development of a child.

  • At four months – smiles at others.
  • At four months – hold the head erect.
  • At four months – starts putting objects in the mouth.
  • At six months – rolls on to the stomach from the back.
  • At seven months – use the whole palm to grab on to objects.
  • At seven months – starts making sounds.
  • At eight months – sits without support.
  • At ten months – starts responding to its name.
  • At ten months – starts crawling on the floor.
  • At ten months – holds on to objects and stands.
  • At ten months – holds on to objects with finger and opposing thumb.
  • At ten months – stands without support.
  • At fifteen months – says meaningful few words for calling parents, siblings in the language used at home.
  • At eighteen months – is able to tell his/her name.
  • At twenty one months – is able to drink from a glass without adult assistance.
  • At twenty four months – shows body parts when named.
  • At twenty four months  – indicates the need to go for toilet.
  • At thirty months – speaks in short sentences
  • At thirty six months – can unbutton clothes
  • At thirty six months – gives coherent answers to simple questions.
  • At thirty six months – can differentiate comparative sizes
  • At thirty six months – can identify boys and girls
  • At forty months – can button clothes
  • At forty eight months – can comb hair on his/her own.