Mamatoyz: What are the child development stages by age?

We love our children more than anything else in this world. We watch them grow, nurture them and help them develop into wonderful human beings. At Mamatoyz, we’ve always created designs that encourage healthy development with a guide of what ages can use them. We all need to remind ourselves that our little ones can not be compared to these ages as each individual grows very differently, but they can be used as a guideline to help us help our little ones stay on track.

Child development experts have created many different checklists and charts that we can look at to help us better understand how our children are developing their skills along with helping to ensure that we’re moving in a healthy direction. It is of course important to note that these are just guidelines and all children grow and develop skills at different paces. The support of our doctors and specialists ensure that our children are happy and healthy and this is the best help and advice we can receive!

Here is a guideline of developmental milestones by age:

Birth - 18 months

All of these times are very exciting, but in this specific time frame, your little one is growing and changing rapidly! Cognitively they learn to recognise faces, bring their hands to their mouths, pass things between their hands, watch things, point to things and learn to use basic instruments like spoons. Socially, they try to look at others, begin to smile, respond to other's facial expressions, can determine when a stranger is around them, show familiarity to people and cry at unfamiliar people. We’re encouraged to speak around our children and they begin to respond with noises and different cries when they want something. From here their language turns to babbles and then onto more constant sounds, they also learn the word no. Their physical movement starts with them turning towards sounds, reaching for things they want, learning to roll over before they start to be able to sit without support, bouncing in their standing position and rolling in different directions. They’ll also learn to stand alone, walk holding onto surfaces and drink from a cup in this time frame too!

The Loop Large Baby Nest is a great help at this age and will become a favourite developmental help as they grow!

18 - 2 years

As they exceed the 18 month age, there are lots of skills to be refined and new ones to learn. In their cognitive development, they'll begin to be able to identify familiar pictures in books understand what common objects do, be creatin scribble all over the place and be able to follow simple, one-step directions. They’ll also be able to build with blocks as they reach 24 months along with being able to complete two-step instructions, group together shapes and colours and have fun playing pretend games. Socially they can help with tasks like putting away toys, understanding the feeling of accomplishment, recognising themself in the mirror and begin being inquisitive of their surroundings. They’ll enjoy play dates, play near others and might even start choosing not to follow instructions! Their language will include several words along with having enjoyment when listening to short stories or songs. They’ll also begin asking simple questions, be able to name many things, start constructing two words together and use names of people they are familiar with as they reach 2 years. Their physical movement development will allow them to help get dressed, start running, drink from cups, eat with spoons, walk and pull objects along at the same time, dance and get themselves sitting down in a chair. They’ll also be able to jump up and down, stand on tiptoes, draw around shapes, throw a ball and potentially be able to climb the stairs whilst holding on.

Don’t forget your Medium Masa Desk & Bench for all those practice drawings!

3 to 5 years old

These years are set to be incredible too. Cognitively they’ll be able to put together puzzle pieces, use toys with moving parts, turn books pages and doorknobs too. They’ll be starting to count, drawing stick figures, guessing where the story is going, play a simple board game and name colours, numbers and recognising capital letters. As they grow, they’ll be able to extend their drawings to more complex as well as copy numbers and letters, understand the order of simple processes and say name and addresses. Socially they’ll begin to understand and feel empathy for other children when hurt, show affection, understand what belongs to who and can show signs of upset when routines are changed. They’ll be playing games that have rolled, play with other children, be able to talk about their likes and dislikes. They’ll show signs that they like to play with others, sing, dance, act and learn the difference between made-up and real life. Their language will progress to two or three sentences at a time, be able to tell a parent what happened in their day and tell stories too. Their word repertoire will have grown to many daily used words and their family will be able to understand them. They’ll be able to recognise rhymes and even recite them along with being able to answer simple questions. Their physical ability will amaze you. They’ll be walking up and down stairs, running, jumping, catching, sliding, walking backwards, hopping and swinging. Their confidence will have them putting things in allocated spaces, pouring liquids effectively and even using scissors. They’ll be using the bathroom and some can even somersault too!

The Balance Bike is a great choice from 2 years to support healthy skill development!

No matter where you and your child are at, its a magical time and there is nothing more precious than seeing such an incredible human grow and develop!