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Cognitive Development

Your little one loves watching a particular toy or is particularly scared of someone in the family and maybe even smiles every time they see you. These behaviour patterns of your infant are obviously not random. It’s how they are starting to understand the world around them. It’s their development of cognition.

Cognitive development in simpler terms is the shaping up of thought processes and perceptions. It includes skills like remembering, understanding, problem solving and decision making.

Babies begin to understand the world and communicate with it long before they have even learnt a language, and mind it babies are over curious, because they have a lot to discover.

Milestones are no hard and fast rules. Each child takes their own sweet time to blossom. Being aware of the milestones is more about having a grid to track your child’s progress from one stage to other stage of understanding. Here’s a cognitive milestones chart for your reference.


Cognitive milestones for your kid
0-3Months
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  • Your baby can recognize your loud, high-pitched voice.
  • Your baby is not afraid of strangers.
  • If you move toys, your baby will follow the movement.
  • Your baby tries to act bored.
  • Your baby tries to imitate you.
3-6Months
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  • By now your baby might reach, grab, hold, and put the objects close to the mouth.
  • Your baby passes things from one hand to the other.
  • At this age, the ability to recognize develops. You can sit along with your baby in front of the mirror.
  • You would be surprised to see that your baby can recognize you.
7-9Months
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  • Your baby can recognize his or her name.
  • Your baby starts to behave weird with strangers.
  • Your baby can remember something you did yesterday and tries to imitate it today.
  • Your baby tries to do all naughty stuff by dropping his or her toys from the bed or chair.
  • Your baby starts banging two things together and pokes with an index finger.
9-12Months
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  • Your baby cannot recognize his or her reflections in the mirror but, he or she can recognize you even without looking at you.
  • You can recognize few meaningful words in your baby’s speech.
  • Your baby will follow simple instructions.
12-18Months
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  • If you hide something intentionally, your baby will reach for it.
  • Your kid will communicate through actions and words.
  • Your kid’s memory has improved, and he or she can imitate any actions that you did a week ago.
  • Your kid scribbles on the paper and can pinpoint body parts or objects if you say the name.
18-24Months
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  • Your kid can now speak in few words that make sense.
  • The ability to solve a problem develops. Your baby adapts trial and error methods to solve a puzzle.
  • Your baby will not be keen to play with his or her peers and will snatch toys from peers.
  • Your baby can build towers up to 6 or more blocks. Can now screw and unscrew bottle caps.
24Months
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  • Name familiar colors correctly.
  • Remember parts of a story.
  • Has a better understanding of different times of the day.
  • Has clear concepts of counting.
  • Identify familiar pictures and objects.
Your child understands the world better every day and you understand your child a bit more each day. You are the best to guide your kid through the development of learning and thinking skills, and being aware of these check points in their growth will only help you in the process.