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Has your child reached these milestones?

The child development card would give you an idea as to what to expect as the child grows up. If your child is not meeting these milestones then you must consult a doctor Click Here

Child Development Card
Age of your child What can your child do? What you should do to help your child develop?
2 months
(6 weeks)
Does your baby smile back at you?
Does your baby alert to new sounds?
Talk and smile at the baby even if he/she does not respond, hold and cuddle him/her
4 months
(10 weeks)
Does your baby recognise you at a distance?
Does your baby smile, quieten or become alert on hearing your voice even if she can't see you?
When you are supporting her can she hold her head straight?
Does she follow you and interesting objects when they are moved around?
Does your baby look at her hands?
Does your baby wiggle and kick her legs?
Provide opportunities for your child to see, feel, hear and move by providing colourful and sound producing toys and objects
6 months Does your baby laugh, gurgle and coo when happy?
Does your baby cry when unhappy?
Does your baby have conversations with you using sounds and gurgles?
Picks up things and puts them in her mouth
Requests for attention
Have interesting objects for your child to see and reach for Have to and for conversation with her mirroring her sounds
9 months Does your baby turn from her back to her front?
Does your baby try and get objects out of reach?
Does your baby transfer objects from one hand to another?
Do you think your baby can hear you?
Can your baby sit un-supported?
Does your baby make happy or angry sounds?
Does your baby use her voice to get your attention?
Give clean items to handle and make sounds with Play social games like peek-a -boo Name things and people, continue to do so, whenever possible even if the baby does not respond, however, do not stress the child
12 months Does your child creep on his/her stomach or crawl?
Does he/she make sounds like 'ma-ma' or 'da-da'?
Does he/she point to things that she likes?
Does he/she look at something that you point out for her?
Does he/she respond to simple verbal request' ('give it to mama')?
Can he/she pull herself to standing and take a few steps with support?
Does your child looks for hidden objects?
Does your child get upset when you leave him/her?
Make the environment safe for your child to explore
Give simple toys
18 months Does your child walk well?
Can he/she say 6-20 recognizable words?
Does he/she use a lot of gestures, to show, tell you or ask you for things?
Does your child point to object or picture when it is named?
Does he/she try to join in simple songs?
Does he/she try and imitate household tasks?
Is he/she interested in what other children are doing?
Give stacking toys
Things which can be filled and emptied
Ask simple questions
Respond to all attempts at talking
2 years Can he/she put two words together ('give water') which make sense?
Does he/she enjoy simple pretend play like feeding a doll?
Can he/she climb stairs?
Can he/she point to three parts of his/her body?
Does he/she enjoy the company of other children?
Does he/he/she asks for help?
Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?
Does he/she look at your face to check your reaction when faced with something unfamiliar?
Help child count and compare
Teach simple songs
Allow the child to explore new things in safe environment
3 years Can he/she copy and draw a straight line?
Does he/she wash hands by herself?
Does your child go up stairs one foot per step and down the stairs two feet per step?
Can he/she jump on both feet?
Can he/she name 3 of 4 objects?
Can he/she say her own name?
Does he/she sing simple songs and ask 'what-why-when' questions?
Does she play cooperative games with other children?
Give crayons or pencils for your child to use
Encourage independence in simple self help skills
Answer all questions patiently and encourage curiosity
4 years Can he/she climb and come down the stairs with confidence?
Can he/she hop on one foot?
Does he/she use a large vocabulary which everyone understands?
Can he/she answer simple questions?
Does he/she narrate simple stories?
Does he/she play simple turn taking games with others?
Does he/she create imaginary play scenes?
Encourage your child's independence
Show him/her simple books
Encourage play in small groups
Teach songs and rhymes
5 years Can he/she count five to ten objects?
Can he/she copy a circle square and triangle?
Can he/she name three colours?
Does he/she speak clearly?
Can he/she dress herself?
Is he/she interested in playing with other children?
Can he/she confidently run with balance?
Encourage outdoor activities
Set limits
Promote sharing

  • Mother Child Protection Card Training Guide: Ministry of Women and Child, Government of India
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences Immunization Card
  • Personal Child Health Record: Royal College of Paediatrics' and Child Health, UK
  • Milestones Moments: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
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