The parenting information industry is massive, and so many folks seem to have opinions and recommendations on child development. Some tools (like the Digital Online Checklist put together by the CDC) can be very useful, but when combined with countless books, articles and podcasts, it’s easy for parents to stress over what their child can and can’t do at a certain age.
Watching out for milestones and tracking progress is certainly beneficial, but there is no exact handbook nor precise timeline for the way kids learn and grow. As pediatricians, we look for trends and ongoing progress. With that in mind, here are 14 things that we commonly see in children by the time they are four years old. This is by no means a prescriptive or alarmist list of requirements for toddlers; rather, think of the below as guidelines for these general trends.
1. Run, Jump and Climb
By age four, children are able to run, jump, climb simple structures, balance on one foot and walk backwards.