Developmental milestones for Infants Checklist : Social Development

Developmental milestones for Infants Checklist


Developmental milestones track a child's transformation as he or she grows from infancy through adolescence. From the time a baby wiggles and squirms to when they smile for the first time, each day brings new developments.

Identifying developmental delays

For new parents, understanding what developmental milestones they should be looking for at various stages of their infant or baby's growth is crucial. While all children grow at their own pace, there are milestones to be met. If a developmental delay is identified early on in a child's life, then early intervention services may be recommended. Statistics show that one million, or almost 20% of children under the age of 5, do not receive developmental screenings (2007 Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health).

The is a free screening tool that takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Questionnaires are segmented by age from one month to five years old. Parents are asked 5-6 questions about their child's development and they are encouraged to try each activity with their child before entering a response.

The checklist - a few questions from the Ages & Stages Questionnaire

Does your baby make cooing sounds such as "ooo, " "gah, " and "aah?" (Communication, 2 months)

When your baby is on her back, does she kick her legs? (Gross Motor, 2 months)

While your baby is on his back, does he move his head from side to side? (Gross Motor, 4 months)

Does your baby pick up a toy and put it in his mouth? (Problem Solving, 6 months)

Does your baby follow one simple command, such as "Come here, " "Give it to me, " or
"Put it back, " without your using gestures? (Communication, 9 months)

If you hold both hands just to balance your baby, does she support her own weight while standing? (Gross Motor, 10 months)

When your baby wants something, does he tell you by pointing to it? (Communication, 12 months)

When you dress your baby, does she push her arm through a sleeve once her arm is started in the hole of the sleeve? (Personal-social, 12 months)

Parents will respond to each question with "yes, " "sometimes, " or "not yet." Approximately two weeks after completing the questionnaire, parents will receive a letter explaining the results. If a developmental delay was identified, parents will be provided with information to contact their local Easter Seals and learn about physical, occupational and speech-language therapies that may be beneficial to their child.

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Of course you should talk to your OB first, but

by onepointfive

I too had a complicated pregnancy (because of ruptured membranes). I was on bed rest and actually induced at 34 weeks. My situation was totally different from yours because ruptured membranes increases the risk for infection but by 34 weeks the risk of prematurity is outweighed by the risk of infection.
Now, since you have preterm labor and not preterm premature rupture, you are not at risk for infection.
My baby was born at 34 weeks 4 days and is now 4 months old. He is very healthy, spunky, and charming and is making his developmental milestones on time. Now having said that, he did spend 5 days in the NICU (4 with external respiratory support - called CPAP) and a total of three weeks in the hospital

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Their aim is to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child. The focus is to reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school drop-out.