What Is A Developmental Milestones Checklist?
New parents are often advised that the early months and years fly by in the blink of an eye, and looking in retrospect- it will often feel that way. However, a baby will undergo big changes in their first 12 months and every few months will bring new milestones for them.
Monitoring the progress of these developments is very important in ensuring they are developing properly, and that you can catch any early signs of developmental impairment early. While this brief checklist is not a substitute for the more comprehensive developmental screenings babies will have throughout their development, the first signs of any issues may be caught using this simple tool and, as is often the case, the earlier the intervention, the better.
To help monitor the development of the littlest patients in your practice, we have created a for their first 12 months. The items on this checklist are from the CDC Developmental Milestones Checklist but presented in a concise checklist format for use in short check-ups.
How To Use This Checklist For Developmental Milestones
To start using this Developmental Milestones Checklist in your practice, just follow these simple steps.
Step One: Download the Checklist
The first step is to get your hands on a physical or digital copy of this checklist. Our PDF version is fully interactive, so you can complete the checklist digitally, or print it out if you prefer. It is up to you whether you use one checklist for each of the baby’s visits with you, or use a new checklist each time- either way, only fill out the section that is applicable for the date of the baby’s visit with you.
Step Two: Fill out the Parent and Baby details
At the top of the form, don’t forget to add in the parent and baby’s details so you know where to store the checklist later.
Step Three: Complete the applicable section of the checklist
The checklist is divided into five sections: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. Depending on the baby’s age at the time of their visit, fill in the section that applies by discussing the baby’s development with their parent or caregiver present at the visit. Don’t forget to add the date and baby’s age to the section you are completing.
Step Four: Store the checklist securely
The last step is to store the completed checklist securely. It may be necessary to refer back to this checklist in the future should any issues arise in developmental screening, or others in the baby’s care team may also wish to have access to this document. As such, it is crucial you store this document somewhere secure but accessible.
Developmental Milestones Checklist Example (Sample)
To get an idea of how you can complete this Developmental Milestone Checklist, we have created an example checklist for you to take a look at. This sample was written as though the same checklist was used at each visit, and each section was completed on a different date- as you can see from the Date above each section.
Who Can Use this Printable Developmental Milestones Checklist (PDF)?
As this checklist is not a formal developmental screening tool, it can be used by any practitioner who wishes to monitor the developmental progress of their infant patients in their first twelve months. These practitioners may include:
- Midwives and Nurse Midwives
- Nurses or Nurse Practitioners
- Early years practitioners
- Community Health Workers
Additionally, physicians specializing in infant health and development may also find incorporating this checklist alongside other screening and monitoring tools useful. These specialists may include:
- Family doctors.
Finally, this checklist provides a useful tool for new parents to monitor their baby’s development, however, if you do choose to provide this tool to a patient, ensure they understand that there is a wide range of what is considered normal in babys’ development and that they know how to contact you if they have any concerns.
Why Is This Form Useful For Nurse Midwives
Don’t Rely on Memory
Our checklist includes developmental milestones for each age so you don’t have to commit them all to memory! Having a checklist with you at your visit can improve your confidence in the advice you give your patients about their child’s development.
Use as Structure for Check-Up
While this checklist can’t replace the comprehensive developmental screening, it can be a great tool for check-ups and monitoring a baby’s development over time. You may also choose to use the checklist items as a structure for your conversation in your visit, working through each item and
One Checklist for all Under-12 Months
This checklist can be used right up until the baby turns one, and if you want to really save time- just use the same checklist at each visit, filling out each section as you go.
Why Use Carepatron For Developmental Milestones Checklists?
Carepatron is a state-of-the-art suite of practice management solutions beautifully designed to save you time and automate your practice’s administration.
This Developmental Milestone Checklist, and many other templates, are available within Carepatron’s community template library where you can make your own frequently used templates and share them with members of your team. Your documents will always be easily accessible from our mobile or desktop platforms, and Carepatron offers HIPAA-compliant, digitally encrypted information storage so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are meeting your security requirements. You can utilize Carepatron’s medical coding, tagging, and smart voice-to-text dictation software to streamline your note-taking processes, while your clients can enjoy our dedicated patient portal to receive correspondence from you, and book their own appointments.
Carepatron also offers secure video consultation software, along with a whole range of other useful, digital solutions such as calendar integration, client lists, and payment management, to take your practice to the next level.