Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Using words or actions to communicate such as waving or raising arms up to be lifted.
  • Wanting to move around.
  • Responding to others.
  • Seeking the attention of familiar people.
Developmental Milestones
Milestones are a guide to the skills that your child should be able to do at different ages. While all children are different and develop at their own pace, there are also blocks of time or windows when most children will meet a milestone (for example, most children walk between 9 and 15 months). If your child isn't meeting all the milestones for their age, it may be a good idea to chat to your GP or Child and Family Health Nurse to make sure there isn't a medical or developmental problem.

Between 1-2 years your child will :

  • Start to walk, climb and run.
  • Learn to kick and throw a ball and follow simple instructions.
  • Learn to feed themselves and drink from a cup held to their mouth by carer.
  • Say their first name.
  • Learn three to five words of vocabulary at 12-15 months, ten words of vocabulary at 15-18 months and combine two to three words by 18-24 months.
  • Point to objects when named and know some body parts.
  • Begin to cooperate when playing although he or she may also be anxious when separating from you.
  • Start to learn to dress and undress and wash and dry hands.
  • Start to ask for food or drink and indicate wet or soiled nappies.
  • Learn to scribble spontaneously with a crayon held in his or her fist.
  • Show interest in learning and likes listening to stories and books.