Importance of Cognitive Milestones in Early Childhood

Is your baby achieving cognitive milestones?

Hi guys, today I want to take up another important topic related to babies i.e Cognitive Milestones in Early Childhood. 

In simple words, cognitive development is the brain’s ability to act and think. And cognitive milestones help keep a check on baby’s brain and intellectual development.

Just like any other new mom, I was also obsessed with the term ‘milestones’, when Nemit was a little baby. I used to keep a check on his physical growth every month and sometimes even every week since babies grow really fast.

For the first 30 days after birth, my complete focus was only on his physical growth. At that time I was not aware that there are cognitive milestones as well. And came to know about their importance only at a later stage.

At around 2 months, when a baby smiles for the first time, it is a growth milestone. And around 3-4 months, when the baby responds to our facial expressions with a smile, it is a cognitive milestone.

Importance of Cognitive milestones in early childhood

Keeping a track of cognitive milestones is as important as other developmental milestones.

Many parents are not aware of the different categories of developmental milestones. These are basically a bundle of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and communication milestones. And each one of these plays an equally important role in a child’s overall growth and development.

Physical milestones involve the development of gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, sitting, standing and fine motor skills like mastering pincer grip, drawing, writing, eating etc.

With cognitive milestones, the focus is more on thinking, learning, exploring and problem-solving skills.

There are many ways in which a mother can assist her baby in achieving cognitive milestones. And further helping in infant cognition.

One of the best ways is through nutrition!

Importance of Cognitive milestones in early childhood

Source – Gooey Brains

You will be amazed to know that a baby’s cognitive development starts from the time of conception. And that is why during pregnancy, mothers are advised to take proper care of their health and nutrition intake. DHA and Natural Vitamin E are the most important brain-building nutrients responsible for baby’s cognitive development.

Many studies and research conducted by Abbott, reinforce nutrition’s impact on cognition.

Only a mother can provide these essential nutrients to the baby during pregnancy and later through breastfeeding.

I always say that each baby is unique and they achieve their milestones at their own pace. However, this is also true that parents play an important role in their baby’s growth and development. Cognitive development is directly influenced by the quality of time parents spent with their babies. Cognition is the most important part of a child’s development as it lays the foundation for lifelong progress.

Another best way to help your baby achieve cognitive milestones is through stimulation!

Importance of Cognitive milestones in early childhood

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It’s important that parents provide the right environment and stimulation activities right from the birth. There are many benefits of stimulation for the development of baby’s thinking and intelligence, auditory and visual senses and also helps in improving their social and emotional skills.

To know more about the age-appropriate (0-2 years) stimulation activities check out this post here!

A baby’s brain doubles in size in the first yearAnd by the age of two, the brain has up to twice as many nerve connections as it will have in adulthood.

Babies are way smarter than we think. For the first 2 years after birth, they use their senses to learn about the world around them. They are constantly learning, thinking and exploring their surroundings. And working towards developing remarkable intellectual skills.

Hence, it becomes crucial for parents to keep a watch on their cognitive milestones. And take immediate action if they notice any red flags. As early intervention always help!

Check out the below chart for an age-wise list of cognitive milestones 

Importance of Cognitive milestones in early childhood



I hope you find this post informative and helpful. Do share your experience with me related to developmental milestones in the comment below. And don’t forget to share this post!


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    Tamanna September 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Well said Neha. Not everyone is aware of cognitive milestones. The basic milestones that you have pointed out are very helpful.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thanks Tamanna 🙂

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    Dipika Singh September 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    All the developmental milestones show us the clear picture of the baby’s growth. In sheer ignorance, we sometimes miss out on most easy to gauge variances. It’s important to understand which age indicates what in terms of growth perspective.
    Very detailed post Neha.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Dipika!

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    Deepa September 6, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    An informative post for new parents about Cognitive development. Somehow parents just focus on weight gain or physical development but its important to look at cognitive development too.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Yes, chubby baby is not necessarily a healthy baby.

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    Prerna Wahi September 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Nice detailed post. Good information. I feel we should not obsess over milestones and let the babies grow at their own pace.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Akshata September 7, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    That chart was the most helpful- it clearly illustrates the milestones . Thanks for sharing this informative post

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Akshata!

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    Dr.Amrita September 7, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Cognitive development is indeed multi-faceted. A very good idea to raise awareness about the topic.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you, Dr. Amrita!

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    Mahak September 7, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    You rightly said, we are more focused on physical milestones such as standing, crawling, walking, etc. and I think the reason is that we don’t have much information about cognitive ones or that physical ones are more easy to spot. This post will surely help a lot of new moms.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Exactly, people think in terms of the growth which is visible & easily noticeable. And forget about the most important part i.e baby’s cognitive development. Thanks for your valuable comment, Mahak!

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    Alpana Deo September 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Cognitive development is very important. And as you said babies are way smarter than what we think. If they get the appropriate environment, they reach their milestones in time. In the end, every child is different. So is their pace and growth. R every parent should understand this.
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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Totally agree with you, each child is unique. It’s important to look out for various milestones so that parents can take immediate action if they notice any red flags.

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    Veena Haridas September 7, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    This is such an informative post all in all. I wish more k parents read this and realize about cognitive development

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Thank you for reading!

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    Deepali Soam September 8, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Informative post.
    Stimulation works really well.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Gunjan September 8, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Very informative post. I wish, I knew it before. It is very important to have a look on baby’s development.

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      Neha Sharma September 8, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Yes, that’s true, we often forget to watch for cognitive milestones. It’s important to look out for all the developmental milestones to keep a track on baby’s growth & development.

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    pooja budhiraja September 8, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Thats a wonderful post on baby’s cognitive development. keep reading the good stuff.

    pooja budhiraja
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    Shamik September 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Very informative post Neha. I loved reading this. This post will help a lot of parents. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sabeeka Lambe September 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Love the details in this post… this is something that all parents to be should be made aware of.. unfortunately I was not as aware of all details during my first pregnancy but was lucky since my doctor did stress a lot on my nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding and playing with grandparents and their different activities took care of the stimulation part.

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    Tina September 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    people tend to give importance to physical milestones only and pretty less on cognitive development. you have mentioned very good pointers

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    Monalisa September 8, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Very informative article. I used to read a lot when I conceived and it helped me a lot.

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    Rashi Mital September 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    thanks for differentiating between growth n cognitive milestone. this post is really helpful, esp the chart, as my baby is only 2 months old. thanks again. #LiveItYoungReads

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      Neha Sharma September 9, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply

      I am really glad that you find this post helpful. Thanks for your valuable comment 🙂

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    Roshan Radhakrishnan September 9, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Good to see these charts and milestone lists again 🙂 had studied these a long time ago… Still relevant and important and young parents be aware too

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    Sashwata Roy September 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Such an informative and we’ll researched post

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    Ishieta September 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    helpful post.. so important to understand the different milestones and then keep a check on those too. A complete development needs to be the focus ,

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    Bikramjit September 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Cognitive development is very much needed from childhood, Awareness is much needed. Very good information.

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    Roma Gupta SInha September 9, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Bangon Girl! Cognitive Milestones hold a lot of significance and I gauged my son’s growth by them too 🙂

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    Humaira September 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Amazing and informative post. Cognitive Development is very necessary for the substantial development of the kids.

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    Rashmi September 9, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Your post covers a lot of information on cognitive milestones for new moms. Nice!

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    Shalu Sharma September 10, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Very informative article. I have always been a fan of your Instagram feed… And now I am in love with your blog too!

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    Ila Varma September 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Very useful n informative for New Parents and would be parents

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