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Developmental Milestones




There are times when your baby’s brain is ready to develop certain skills.  Although every child grows differently, it is comforting to know that there are some general guidelines that can help you make sure your baby is on track.


Nipissing District Developmental Screen

To give you an idea about how your baby is developing, you can complete a Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) at each developmental stage. For a baby, the stages would be at 1 and  2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year.

The stage of your preschooler's (ages 1-3) growth and development influences parenting strategies. To better understand your preschooler's growth and development stage, complete a Nipisisng District Developmental Screen (NDDS). You can complete the NDDS at each developmental stage: 1 year, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months and 3 years.

NDDS is a simple tool that you can use to test your child’s developmental milestones in the areas of:

  • Language
  • Rolling, crawling, walking
  • Holding a rattle, a toy, a book
  • Thinking and figuring things out
  • Showing emotions by smiling, giggling, and laughing
  • Playing with others and sharing

18-month check point

An important check point is when your child is 18 months old because this is when key milestones like speech and language have developed. At this stage, it's time for your child’s enhanced 18-month well-baby visit. This check-up will give you a chance to see how your child’s development is coming along. It will also give you the opportunity to speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns that you may have. For more information, please review the sample Nipissing District Developmental Screen: 18 months (PDF 1MB).

A simple yes or no on the NDDS will inform you about your child’s abilities. Please note: It's important to follow-up with your healthcare practitioner about any “no” responses. If you still have questions or concerns about your child's development, call the Health Connection at 519-663-5317, ext. 2280 to speak to a Public Health Nurse.


Health Connection

Call Health Connection to speak with a Public Health Nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

  • 519-663-5317 ext. 2280
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Date of creation: February 24, 2015
Last modified on: July 5, 2017

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