How your baby interacts with their environment, plays, learns, talks and moves can shed light on their development and if they are hitting certain milestones. In your baby’s first year of life, everything is so new. The first time they follow you with their eyes, their first smile, the first time they sit up by themselves or pick up food by themselves, how they react to their name, all of these show important steps in your child's development. This chart from the team at AAA State of Play shows a timeline of baby development milestones from the age of 2 months to 5 years.
The chart is broken down into 4 different categories that include: Social and Emotional, Language and Communication, Learning, Thinking and Problem-Solving and Movement and Physical Development. The chart also highlights concerns you should bring up with your child's doctor. If your baby isn't smiling at people by 2 months or if your baby doesn't make sounds by 4 months, it could mean they have a developmental delay, or it could be early signs of autism. Knowing the signs as early as possible can do wonders for babies because they can be started in therapy designed for their specific special needs to help them hit milestones on their own path.