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In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revised their developmental milestone checklists for the first time since the originals were published in 2004. From the AAP website:

“Changes to the guidance include:

  • Adding checklists for ages 15 and 30 months; now there is a checklist for every well-child visit from 2 months to 5 years.
  • Identifying additional social and emotional milestones (e.g., Smiles on their own to get your attention, age 4 months).
  • Removing vague language like “may” or “begins” when referring to certain milestones.
  • Removing duplicate milestones.
  • Providing new, open-ended questions to use in discussion with families (e.g., Is there anything that your child does or does not do that concerns you?).
  • Revising and expanding tips and activities for developmental promotion and early relational health.”

To view the milestones, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html.

For more information about the process of revising the milestones, visit https://publications.aap.org/aapnews/news/19554/CDC-AAP-update-developmental-milestones-for.

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