Through the Years

Growth and development can vary somewhat from child to child, but there are certain milestones you can and should expect. Learn more about them here, and raise any concerns to your pediatrician.
An Asian infant holds a clear sippy cup with two hands in a high chair.
Decisions, Decisions! How to Choose a Sippy Cup For Your Child
Baby sleeping with pacifier
Ask Dr. Mom: How Long Is It OK for My Child to Use a Pacifier?
Girl eating a sandwich
The 6 Most Common Food Allergies in Children
A little girl sleeping in a bed with blanket and pillows askew
What Does It Mean If My Child Moves Around A Lot While They Sleep?
Baby Sleeping in Crib
Do Babies Dream?
baby tummy time
When Do Babies Roll Over?
teen boy
When Do Boys Stop Growing?
how to make babies laugh
When Do Babies Laugh?
Sad BIPOC child talking to her mom
How to Deal With Your Child's Emotional Behavior by Age Group
child at pool
How to Get Your Child Over Their Fear of Water
Anxiously attached kids may exhibit separation anxiety.
How to Help Anxiously Attached Kids Feel More Secure
mother with baby
Get Involved With Advocacy Groups for Women and Children's Health
Imaginary friends come in many forms.
How Parents Should Respond to Their Child's Imaginary Friend
Little girl playing with playground equipment
Why Risk-Taking Is Healthier Than Playing It Safe
11 year old child development milestones
11-Year-Old Child Development Milestones
Daughter kissing mother outdoors
8 Magical Words Your Children Need to Hear
Six boys jump on playground structure.
Could Your Child Have Gross Motor Skill Delays?
A mother measuring her daughter's height against a wall
What Developmental Milestones Do Children Experience?
Teacher helping a group of students with a project
Why Verbal Intelligence Is Important for Success in Life
China, Guangxi Province, girl (6-9) looking at globe in class
Your Child's Nonverbal IQ and Hands-On Learning
Pediatrician checking height of girl
Growth Charts: What Those Height and Weight Percentiles Mean
A young boy draws in a book.
Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers and Preschoolers
a child running down a walkway
Parents Should Watch out for Any Sudden Changes in a Child's Behavior
A pediatrician measures a child's height.
Find Out the Normal Growth Rate for Young Children
daughter and father
How Parent-Child Relationships Can Affect Kids' Immunity
Children Playing with Clay
How Does Sensory Play Help With a Child's Development?
Father reading to son.
How Children Learn Language
three little children running in play room
How to Help Kids Develop Locomotor Skills
Kids playing a game with balloons
How Kids Master Manipulative Motor Skills
Boy playing in the garden
Why Kids Making a Mess Has Surprising Benefits
mother sternly talking to young son on couch
3 Common Reasons Why Kids Lie (and How You Should Respond)
Father and son at hardware store
Does a Parent's Age Have an Effect on the Child's Well-Being?
How You Can Deal With Selective Hearing Within Your Family
Boy stands next to ruler on wall to measure height
Is Adding an Inch to Your Kid's Height With Growth Hormones Worth It?
Little girl looking at injured knee in classroom
How to Know If Your Kid's Leg Pains Are From Growing
Child with fingers stuck in his ears
What It Means if Your Child Can't Distinguish Between Sounds
Motor planning definition: Young girl catching ball
How the Brain Makes Movements Happen With Motor Planning
3 brothers on a sofa
How to Understand and Support Children With Their Temperaments
Sisters lined up to take their height
Can You Predict How Tall Your Kids Will Be?
Girl enjoying herself and spending leisure time at home. She is reading book with her teddy bear in a tent at home
Best Book Subscriptions for Kids of 2022
Best Kids Meal Delivery Services
The Best Kids Meal Delivery Services in 2022
history tutors
The 7 Best Online History Tutoring Services of 2022
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The 6 Best Online Dyslexia Tutoring Services of 2022
Teenage girl with headphones having online school class at home
The 7 Best Online Chinese Tutoring Services in 2022
Verywell Family's Child Development Journey
What to Expect From Your Child at Every Developmental Age and Stage
1 year old development milestones
Everything You Need to Know About Your 1-Year-Old
2 year old development milestones
Common Milestones Seen in 2-Year-Olds
Positive attention reduces a lot of behavior problems in 2-year-olds.
The Most Effective Ways to Discipline a Toddler
These parenting tips will help you raise a healthy toddler.
How to Raise Happy, Healthy Toddlers
3 year old development milestones
What to Expect When Parenting Your 3-Year-Old
4 year old development milestones
4-Year-Old Child Development Milestones
5 year old development milestones
What You Need to Know About Your 5-Year-Old's Development
Unhappy Caucasian boy looking at dinner.
The Best Ways to Get a Preschooler to Behave
Young boy eating dinner in kitchen
Parenting Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Preschoolers
6 year old development milestones
Everything You Need to Know About Your 6-Year-Old's Development
7 year old development milestones
The Developmental Milestones You Can Expect From Your 7-Year-Old
8 year old child development milestones
How Children Grow and Develop at Age 8
9 year old child development milestones
Growth and Developmental Milestones for a 9-Year-Old Boy or Girl
A young boy jumping from one sofa to another A young boy in wrestling mask jumping on one sofa to the other
Most Effective Ways to Discipline a 6-Year-Old Child
Kids doing dishes
The Best Parenting Strategies for Raising Happy, Healthy School-Age Kids