DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

Developmental milestones will be checked at the following clinic visits, to check if your child is developing normally. And remember – giving your children plenty of chances to play and communicate will help them meet their developmental milestones.

14 Weeks


At 14 weeks, your baby should:

  • follow close objects with the eyes
  • respond to sound by stopping sucking, blinking or turning
  • lift the head when held against your shoulder.

6 MONTHS


At 6 months, your baby should:

  • recognise familiar faces
  • turn the head to look for sound
  • hold a toy in each hand.

9 MONTHS


At 9 months, your baby should:

  • focus the eyes on far objects, and move the eyes well together without squinting
  • turn when called
  • sit and play without support.

18 MONTHS


At 18 months, your child should:

  • look at small things and pictures
  • point to simple objects
  • use at least 3 words other than names
  • understand simple commands
  • walk well
  • use fingers to feed.

3 YEARS


At 3 years, your child should:

  • see small shapes clearly at 6 metres
  • speak in simple 3-word sentences
  • run well and climb on things.

5 YEARS


At 5 years, your child should:

  • speak in full sentences and interact with children and adults
  • hop on one foot
  • draw a stick person.

Your child should be ready to go to school by the time he/she is 5–6 years old.


PLAY AND COMMUNICATE

0–6 MONTHS

  • Encourage your baby to see, hear, feel and move.
  • Let your baby see and touch colourful things.
  • Look into your baby’s eyes and smile.
  • Talk to your baby and get a conversation going with sounds or gestures.

6–12 MONTHS

  • Give your baby clean household things to handle, bang and drop.
  • Respond to your baby’s sounds and interests.
  • Tell your baby the names of things and people.
  • Start reading  stories to your baby.

1–2 YEARS

  • Encourage your child to be active every day.
  • Give your child things to stack up, and to put into containers and take out.
  • Ask your child simple questions.
  • Respond to your child’s attempts to talk.
  • Play games like “bye-bye, hello” (wave and say “goodbye”, hide behind something, pop out and say “hello”).
  • Read stories to your child.

2–5 YEARS

  • Help your child count, name and compare things.
  • Make simple toys for your child to play with.
  • Encourage your child to talk and answer your child’s questions.
  • Teach your child stories, songs and games.
  • Read stories to your child.

GROWTH CALCULATORS

Use our handy growth calculators to measure your childs growth.

GROWTH CALCULATORS