Has Your Child Met His Milestones?

Find out if your child is developing properly.

Introduction

Although no two children develop at the same rate, most children should be able to do certain things at certain ages. Talk with your pediatrician during your next office visit if you note major differences between your child's development and his appropriate age milestones. Here are some general guidelines for judging if your child is developing at a healthy pace.

    2-Year-Olds

    A 2-year-old should be able to:

      • Say at least three specific words, other than "da-da" and "ma-ma"
      • Take off clothes such as pajamas (tops or bottoms) or pants (diapers, hats, and socks do not count)
      • Run without falling
      • Look at pictures in a picture book
      • Tell you what she wants
      • Repeat words others say
      • Point to at least one named body part

        3- and 4-Year-Olds

        A 3-year-old should be able to:

          • Name at least one picture when you look at animal books together
          • Throw a ball overhand (not sidearm or underhand) toward your stomach or chest from a distance of five feet
          • Help put things away
          • Answer simple questions, such as, "Are you a boy or girl?"
          • Name at least one color

            A 4-year-old should be able to:

              • Pedal a tricycle at least 10 feet forward
              • Play hide-and-seek, cops-and-robbers, or other games where he takes turns and follows rules
              • Name pictures in books or magazines
              • Tell you what action is taking place in a picture
              • Use action words (verbs)
              • Play pretend games, such as with toys, dolls, animals, or even an imaginary friend

                5- and 6-Year-Olds

                A 5-year-old should be able to:

                  • Button some of his clothing or his doll's clothes (snaps don't count)
                  • React well when you leave him with a friend or sitter
                  • Name at least three colors
                  • Walk down stairs, alternating her feet
                  • Jump with her feet apart (broad jump)
                  • Point while counting at least three different objects
                  • Name a coin correctly

                    A 6-year-old should be able to:

                      • Tie his shoes
                      • Dress herself completely without help
                      • Catch a small bouncing ball, such as a tennis ball, using only her hands
                      • Copy a circle
                      • Tell his age correctly
                      • Repeat at least four numbers in the proper sequence
                      • Skip with both feet

                        Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

                        The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.