Infant Developmental Milestones
As you care for your infant, you have the chance to watch your child develop new abilities in a short period of time. Commonly referred to as developmental milestones, these new skills help your infant learn, adapt, and establish bonds.
To track your baby's progress, your healthcare provider may use the widely regarded Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST). This test measures four major abilities:
- Gross motor skills, such as sitting up unassisted
- Language skills, such as turning the head toward a sound source
- Fine motor skills, such as grasping a rattle
- Personal/social skills, such as waving bye-bye.
Although each milestone has a general age range, the actual age when the average developing child reaches that milestone can vary quite a bit.
(For more information on tracking your infant's progress, click Developmental Milestones.)