The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her healthy development.

Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential.

Milford Thrives Child Development website helps parents and caregivers learn more about developmental milestones and provides tips on how to best support each stage of development.

How a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about how they are developing. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Every child is different, of course, but health experts have a clear idea about the range of typical development.  

Click on your child’s age below to view typical milestones for communications, social and emotional, cognitive and physical development by age and stage.


The “world looks a little different right now, and that may have you questioning whether what you are doing is enough in helping your son or daughter develop the skills they need.”

If you have questions about your child’s development, Milford Thrives is happy to provide resources on child development and age-appropriate games and activities. We can also refer you to free developmental screening.  Feel free to reach out with any questions. 

Tracking A Child’s Development

Birth-3 mos* 3-6 mos

  • The first 3 months are all about babies learning to feel comfortable, safe, and secure in the world.
  • Most babies 3-6 months are eating and sleeping more regularly. They are also responding more actively to parents and caregivers.

6-9 mos * 9-12 mos

  • 6-9 months is a time of great fun for parents as they watch their babies become eager explorers who are thrilled to discover that they can make things happen.
  • Between 9 and 12 months , babies take action with a goal in mind. These purposeful actions also show that babies have developed a better memory.

18 mos  *  2 years

  • 12-18 months is a really fun time for parents. Young toddlers begin to explore the world in new ways and are eager to do things “all by myself!”
  • At 18 months – two years , toddlers are also starting to pretend and use their imagination.

3 years * 4 years * 5 years

  • At   30-36 months, older toddlers are full of personality and energy. They want to know the reason for everything. You will probably hear your child ask “Why?” a lot!

Your Child’s Development

      • As we’ve been discussing on our Parenting Corner page, young children learn through imitation. They love to watch you and try to imitate what you are doing. Here’s a link to an article from Parenting magazine on the power of imitation.  “By copying adults during this crucial year of growth, 1-year-olds learn a vast array of skills. Imitation is vital to the development of abilities ranging from language to social skills…”
      • Healthy development means that children of all abilities , including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. 
      • Toddlers use a lot of energy to grow and play, and their little stomachs can’t hold enough food to keep them from getting hungry between meals.Toddlers need both a morning and an afternoon snack…here is a good article on healthy snack ideas.
      • It’s also important for parents to help their child learn how to cope with their feelings. Learn how parents are their child’s guide in sharing the joys and coping with the challenges, starting on day one
      • Did you know that “make believe” play can help your young child’s executive functioning?

        Questions about your child’s development?  Milford Thrives is happy to provide resources on child development and age-appropriate games and activities; we can also refer you to free developmental screening.  Feel free to reach out with any questions.   Or, call Gateways Community Services directly 603-459-2775 to schedule your child’s free developmental screening.

        There are several child development apps available for parents:

      • VROOM is a free and parent-friendly app that gives you daily tips to help support your child’s healthy development. 
      • Text4Baby provides expectant and new parents with free text messages three times per week timed to your due date (or your baby’s birth date), through pregnancy and up until your baby’s first birthday.
      • The CDC has an app to help parents track their child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years.  The app includes easy-to-use illustrated checklists and includes questions to ask the pediatrician. 


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