Child development calendar

four-week-old baby

Our developmental calendar charts your child's progress from birth to five years old. It will help you to understand what your child understands and answer questions like “How far can my newborn see?” and “When does my toddler understand the concept of others people's feelings?”

There are few things in life more gripping than your child's development. From their earliest moments, we parents obsess about what our children are thinking, seeing, hearing and feeling, marking the milestones with a combination of fascination, uncertainty and delight. After all, what parent has not agonised over whether an early smile was a sign of genuine contentment or the result of some digestive process?

Here's what to expect at each stage of your child's development:

Your child at three weeks
Your child at four weeks
Your child at five weeks
Your child at six weeks
Your child at seven weeks
Your child at eight weeks
Your child at two months
Your child at nine weeks
Your child at 10 weeks
Your child at 11 weeks
Your child at 12 weeks
Your child at three months
Your child at four months
Your child at five months
Your child at six months
Your child at seven months
Your child at eight months
Your child at nine months
Your child at 10 months
Your child at 11 months
Your child at 12 months
Your child at 18 months
Your child at 2 years
Your child at 2-and-a-half years
Your child at 3 years
Your child at 4 years
Your child at 5 years

Baby milestones
Baby walking milestones

A word about our development calendar

Please remember, not all babies and children develop at the same time and in the same way, so our development calendar may not always match your child. Development milestones vary widely. It's not uncommon to have isolated pockets of late development, such as late walkers and talkers, and some babies are slower to develop because they were born prematurely or because they're twins (or triplets). But a minority of babies and children do have delays in development that may need specialist help. If you are at all concerned, go and see your GP. No health professional should ever trivialise a worry you have about your child.

If your child has special needs, you can get advice from other parents in our special needs Talk boards. We've also got advice about diagnosis, support and benefits, plus our special needs webguide.