Milestones Matter

Milestones Matter

Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940-455-7200.

While most children meet milestones around a certain age, some may take longer to reach them. If you ever have any questions about your child’s development, it is always good to talk to your pediatrician. Trust your instincts and ask questions. Talk with a professional and do not compare your children to other children. There is a ‘range’ of ‘normal’ development and then there are times to be concerned. Establish a good relationship with your pediatrician and their staff and always ask questions and address concerns. Well child checks are frequent from birth to 5 years and yearly beyond that. Maintain these regular visits and please schedule visits any time there is something that seems abnormal, delayed, or odd to you as a parent.

10 Abbreviated Physical, Social, Emotional & Cognitive Milestones to Watch for as Your Child Grows:

  • By 2 months: Tries to look at his or her parent and pays attention to faces. Makes eye contact.
  • By 4 months: Copies facial movements, such as smiling or frowning, and responds to affection. Coos and maybe laughs.
  • By 6 months: Likes to look at themselves in the mirror and brings objects to mouth. Making more vowel sounds.
  • By 9 months: Has favorite toys and picks up small items between the thumb and forefinger. Has a few consonant sounds.
  • Around 12 months: Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing and follows simple directions. Has mama and dada and maybe 1-2 other words.
  • At 18 months: Explores alone if a parent is nearby and points to a body part when asked. Rapidly gaining words and mimicking activities and sounds.
  • By 2 years: Gets excited to see other children and begins sorting shapes and colors. Combines 2 words.
  • By 3 years: Is able to dress themselves and completes puzzles with three or four pieces. Speech is understood by 75% of strangers.
  • By 4 years: Is able to tell the difference between real and make-believe and predicts what is going to happen next in a book. Speech is understood by 100% of strangers.
  • By 5 years: Wants to be like his or her friends and is able to draw a person with six body parts.

Enjoy watching your children learn and grow and do not wait to address problems in development or behavior


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