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Milestones of Mental Development

By Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. The Whole Baby Guide

You can observe and measure concrete changes in your child’s physical development, and her emotional expression has landmarks that you can quantify fairly easily. Changes in cognitive development, however, are more qualitative than quantitative. Even after your child learns to talk, you may wonder what is going on in her mind and how she processes information.

A basic understanding of stages and milestones in your child’s cognitive development can help you support her current skills and prepare her for her next stage. Keeping in mind that each child moves at her own rate, these markers can also be useful in helping you determine whether your child is on track developmentally and alerting you to any signs that you may wish to discuss with your health care provider.

Here are some of the general developmental stages in your child’s cognitive growth:

Birth-3 months
  • She pays attention to things that interest her
  • She focuses on toys, pictures, and engages with people
  • She anticipates everyday routines
  • She is stimulated by a new toy and bored by an old one
  • She recognizes the difference between new and familiar
3-6 months
  • She touches and feels different textures
  • She reaches for and grasps things
  • She drops objects on purpose to see your reaction
6-12 months
  • She plays with toys and household items
  • She investigates
  • She looks at objects and people in her environment
  • She listens to instructions
12-18 months
  • She begins to use objects or utensils properly
  • She makes “yes” and “no” gestures
  • She can sort shapes and blocks
  • She wants to do everything herself
18-24 months
  • She categorizes and sorts objects by colors and shapes
  • She has her own interests
  • She starts to understand time concepts
  • She asserts herself in accomplishing tasks, but may be frustrated if she is not successful
24-36 months
  • She can draw a circle
  • She enjoys simple puzzles
  • She shows an interest in counting
  • She can say her name

Earlier and faster mental development is not necessarily better. Each stage builds on the last, and in order to attain certain cognitive skills your child’s brain needs time to mature physically. Monitor your child for indications of delayed development, seek guidance if needed, provide love and security, and trust her brain to develop at its own pace.

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