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What are the different child developmental Stages and why Are they important

You’ve probably heard the phrase “448cc engine… in a 348cc car.” It means that you are going to run into problems soon if you don’t improve something.

This applies to your child as well, particularly if he or she is in the first four developmental stages of child development. These stages represent a time period of about 18 months for children and the first four are referred to as the infancy stage because it occurs during the first year of life.

You might be wondering what these different stages entail but rest assured they all have their positive aspects and that’s what we are here to talk about today.

As your child moves through these different stages, you will notice a lot of changes in his or her behavior, interests, abilities and abilities with other people as well. This is why it is important to understand how these different stages affect your child so that you can plan accordingly throughout the process.

What are the Early stages of child development?

The first stage: From birth to 12 months

The first stage of child development, infancy, is from birth to 12 months.

At this stage, your child can’t do anything on his or her own yet but they are still very aware of what is going on around them. This means they will start to understand the world around them and how they fit into that world. Their motor skills are not developed yet so this is why they will spend a lot of time exploring their surroundings and playing with other objects. They might also start to explore their interests as well, which is important because it helps them develop their passions later on in life.

It is characterized by the infant being unable to maintain balance, crawl and walk, or make eye contact. While these abilities are still developing, your infant will be able to smile, coo and respond to his or her name.

Many children learn how to eat solid foods and they typically start talking between 6-8 months. This is a time when they develop their motor skills as well as developing their vision and hearing. This means that activities like playing with toys are important in this stage so that your child can develop those skills.

The second stage: From 12 to 24 months

The next developmental stage is referred to as the toddler stage which lasts from 12-24 months old. In this second stage of development, your child starts learning how to walk, talk more words and improves their motor skills even more than before.

Once your child starts to hit the toddlerhood stage at one year old, you will start to notice a change in his or her behavior, interest and ability levels.

For example, your child may become more interested in holding toys that aren’t typically related to each other because he or she has learned through trial and error where these toys might be located in the environment. Your child will also begin to develop a wider range of emotions like fear and happiness now so you should pay attention to what triggers these emotions and how you can help your child cope with them better. It’s also during this time that your child starts developing new language skills which will eventually lead them into school readiness activities like reading and writing.

There are also a lot of changes in your child’s personality during this period as well such as becoming more assertive and self-centered.

It is important because you will start to see your child’s personality becoming more defined and they will also start to develop motor skills like sitting up, crawling, walking and cruising around the house.

These milestones are crucial in helping your child learn about themselves, their environment and the world around them. However, these stages also bring a lot of challenges for both parents and children alike.

For parents, these developmental changes might cause anxiety because at this point your toddler may no longer be capable of being picked up or held. Your infant is beginning to try new things which means that you need to let go and just enjoy watching them grow.

You’ll also start to notice that your toddler will use language more often as well as understand concepts like opposites, tastes and time.

These developments are key but they can create anxiety as well if they seem too fast for your little one. For children, these developmental changes come with a lot of energy which can make it difficult for them to fall asleep at bedtime or nap during the day time. They will also have separation anxiety when you leave them with babysitters or family members which can lead to tantrums and meltdowns at times when they feel abandoned by their primary caregiver.

The Third Stage: From 24 To 48 Months

The next developmental stage is the preschooler stage which lasts from 24-48 months old. Your preschooler learns a lot during this time period including how to read, write and count numbers up to five digits along with other skills related to school such as understanding shapes and colors or knowing what something looks like without looking at it directly.

The third stage of child development is the beginning of what is called the middle childhood stage. This stage begins when your child turns 24 months old and ends at 36 months.

During this time, your child will continue to grow and develop physically and cognitively. Your child will enjoy activities such as playing with toys that he or she has never seen before, interacting with others, being able to follow simple instructions, being able to be more independent and even doing things like household chores.

The development during this stage is key because it provides the foundation for everything that comes after it. With that said, if you don’t take proper care of your baby during this time, they are in danger of developing some issues later on in life. They may not be able to develop or learn completely without help from a professional.

The fourth stage: From 38 months to 5 years old

This is were your child’s cognitive development takes place. This stage subdivides into three phases: first year, second year, and third year. The first phase involves the transition of your child from infancy to a toddler.

During this time, they are going to learn basic motor skills, social interactions, language skills, and curiosity.

This is just a brief overview of what happens during the fourth stage but there is so much more that goes on throughout these different stages!

The fifth stage: From 5 to 7 years old

The fifth stage is where your child begins to transition from being a young child to an active, curious and mobile school-aged child.

This is the stage when your child starts to interact more with other children and adults during this time as well as starting to learn how to share and take turns in addition to their age-appropriate activities.

In particular, they start developing a sense of fairness, which means that they need less help with that now because they want things to be fair for themselves.

These are all good signs for parents because it means your child is starting to become more independent but it’s still important for you not to back down too much. This stage lasts until about the age of 7 years old or so depending on your child’s development as well as cultural background.

The sixth stage: 7 to 11 years old

The sixth stage begins at approximately 7 years old and ends when your child is around 11.

This is the time period in which your child will learn to share with other people and will learn to be more independent. It is also a time period where they are learning to communicate effectively with others through the use of language, body language and gestures.

This stage is often called the middle childhood stage because it falls between the end of infancy and beginning of adolescence. Your child might still have some characteristics from their first six stages but they are also developing new skills as well, making this stage one that can be difficult for parents to navigate.

The seventh stage: 11 to 13 years old

The seventh stage of childhood development is between 11 and 13 years old. This period is referred to as the pre-adolescence or pre-teen stage.

This transition involves a lot of changes in your child, though some may be more intense than others. Your child will begin to develop more independence, which means that he or she will want to do things on their own without needing any assistance from you or anyone else.

Additionally, your child will start to explore his or her sexuality and identity during this age period. These are just a few examples of what you might expect during this time but by understanding these stages and how they affect your child’s development, you can help them feel less anxious about it all.


Successful parenting requires a thorough understanding of the developmental stages of childhood. These stages are not just a checklist to be completed but give parents guidance on how to foster their child’s growth and development. Understanding these stages will help you to identify the appropriate developmental activities for your child, and it will also help you to understand when you should seek professional help from a child development specialist or social worker.

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