But what if you suspect a problem? Trust your instincts. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else and are therefore more likely to notice something out of the ordinary.
Certain red flags are absolute indicators that a child's development should be evaluated. If your child doesn't attempt to communicate on an age-appropriate level—smiles, facial expressions, and babbling for infants, or words and meaningful phrases for children over 24 months—or is having difficulty meeting motor milestones such as walking, running or jumping, a developmental evaluation is in order.
The following guidelines are a general indicator of expected child development between ages one through two. Guidelines are variable and do not, on their own, indicate a developmental delay or lack thereof. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's development, see your pediatrician.
Age 12 Months
- Waves bye-bye
- Plays peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, or other social games
- Walks with assistance
- Finger feeds self
- Can say two words in addition to Mama" and "Dada"
Age 15 Months
- Walks independently
- Gestures and points at objects of interest
- Begins to scribble
- Uses spoon
- Assists with dressing