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Thoughtful Parents: Monitoring Certain Milestones Can Help Track Your Child’s Development

Do you have a child 5 years old or younger? In February, the CDC updated milestones and guidance for parents.

Prior to updates, milestones represented what 50% of children were able to accomplish by a certain age. Today, they represent what 75% of children are able to do by a certain age.

This helps parents more accurately identify developmental delays and seek help sooner. Some common delays to watch out for include learning to crawl, walk, listen, talk, play, feed or if you find they have trouble self-soothing or expressing their feelings.

The CDC also added milestones for 15 months and 30 months. The full updated list is available at

These milestones are great ways to track your child’s development. If you see them struggling to learn certain skills at the majority age of their peers, don’t worry.

The recommended activities or finding more hands-on early intervention learning can help your child catch up and excel before they get to kindergarten. The earlier they start, the more likely they are not to fall behind in school.

It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with your child’s steps, but the free CDC Milestone Tracker App is a simple tool to help parents. It’s personalized to your child’s age and lists milestones you can check off and activities to help develop those skills.

If your child is falling behind, he will let you know if it’s time to see a pediatrician. Add as many kids as you want and help your kids grow. Just go to your app store and search for “CDC’s Milestone Tracker” under Health & Fitness. Available for Andriod and iOS in English and Spanish.

If you are concerned about the development of your child or that of another child, any member of the community can contact Michelle Hoza at 970-871-8558 to request early intervention services. You can also follow our new Instagram page @horizons_early_intervention for more life-saving tips and activities.

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