First Year Checklist

first year checklist

Every parent wants the best for their child. At TLC Schools, we do our best to help your child get their best start possible, even if your child is a newborn. Our youngest students receive special attention from our caregivers, because we understand that the first few years of your child’s life set up the foundation for the rest of their life.

Because of this, we wanted to put together a checklist of development milestones your child should reach by their first birthday. While other checklists have much more in-depth breakdown (some even going as far as monthly development goals), this is a broader checklist.

Please remember, though, that every child develops at different rates. If you are truly worried about something wrong with your child, you should talk to your pediatrician. Just remember that most milestones are measured by the earliest time a child will achieve them.

First Year Development Checklist:

Physical Development

  • Takes her first steps
  • May stand alone and attempt first steps alone
  • Sits down from standing position without help
  • Attempts to build two block tower but may fail
  • Turns pages in a book
  • Follows rapidly moving objects
  • Feeds herself

Intellectual Development

  • Says three or more words other than “mama” or “dada”
  • Comprehends the meaning of several words
  • Repeats the same words over & over again
  • Imitates sounds, such as the sounds dogs and cats make
  • Recognizes objects by name
  • Understands simple verbal commands

Emotional Development

  • Shows affection
  • Shows independence in familiar surrounding
  • Clings to parents in strange situation
  • Searches for object where it was last seen
  • Begins to pretend play

Parents, don’t forget to…

  • Take your child to the doctor regularly for checkups and vaccinations
  • Schedule a visit to the dentist (six months after the first tooth arrives)
  • Give your child plenty of attention by talking and touching
  • Find the right pre-school program for your child

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