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Child development milestones

child with painted handsHere's our child development calendar - designed to remind you about your grandchild's developmental steps and when they're supposed to happen. It's surprising how just a few years on, you can forget what goes on between birth and five years. 

You probably remember some of it but not all - and even when you think you’ve got the thing covered, you can still be caught unawares by a stray smile: joy at seeing you or imminent bowel movement?

Our developmental calendar will give you a hand with keeping up and give you insight into their innermost thoughts, and answer some of those perplexing questions, like: "Does my grandson recognise me?" and "Why does my granddaughter think there are monsters under the bed?" 

Your grandchild at six weeks | Your grandchild at three months | Your grandchild at six months | Your grandchild at nine months | Your grandchild at one year | Your grandchild at 18 months | Your grandchild at two years | Your grandchild at two and a half years | Your grandchild at three years | Your grandchild at four years | Your grandchild at five years 

A quick note on this calendar

Development isn’t an exact science, and will vary widely from child to child. It’s not unheard of for children to develop late in isolated areas, such as walking and talking; and much of the variation between how early different children get to different milestones is due to genetics – so try and keep your inner competitive granny under wraps.

Some babies will be slower to develop in certain areas because they were born prematurely or because they are twins or triplets. 

A small percentage of babies and children do develop later in ways that may need help from an expert. A doctor should help with any questions you might have in this area; they're trained to take any parent or carer’s concerns about their child seriously. No health professional should ever trivialise your concerns about a child.