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Birth to 5 Years Development Timeline

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    Here’s a guide to the milestones in your child’s development from birth to five years old. The ages given are averages and a lot of children will gain one skill earlier than another. 

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    1 - 4 weeks
    • Loves looking at faces
    • Startled by sudden noises

    4 - 6 weeks
    • Starts to smile

    4 - 12 weeks
    • Lifts their head

    3 - 5 months
    • Reaches out for objects

    4 - 6 months
    • Starts making noises
    • Can hold objects up to suck them
    • Learns to pass things from one hand to the other

    6 months
    • Starts to eat solids

    6 - 8 months
    • Sits without support

    6 - 8 months
    • Teething starts

    6 - 9 months
    • Starts trying to crawl
    • Can pull themselves upright

    7 months
    • Responds to your voice

    9 - 11 months
    • Learns to drop things or hand an object to someone

    10 - 18 months
    • Walks alone - although a little unsteady

    11 - 12 months
    • Enjoys trying to feed themselves finger foods

    12 months
    • Responds to their own name
    • Can say words like mama and dada

    12 - 18 months
    • Starts to say words and understand them

    13 - 15 months
    • Gains more independence

    15 - 18 months
    • Begins to enjoy building with bricks

    1½ - 2 years
    • Learns to kick or throw a ball
    • Puts at least two words together

    1½ - 4 years
    • Your child may be ready for potty training

    1½ - 5 years
    • Learns to hold a crayon

    3 - 4 years
    • Starts free early years education
    • Talks well in sentences
    • Starts to draw people

    3 - 5 years
    • Starts to use a knife and fork

     

    Source: NHS Choices
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    Birth to 5 years Development