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When Should Preemies Meet Developmental Milestones?


Updated October 25, 2010

Although parents often worry about whether their preemies are meeting developmental milestones on time, most premature babies meet developmental milestones within normal ranges for their corrected ages. Learn when your baby should meet specific milestones, what babies might meet milestones later than others, when to worry, and what you can do to help your baby.

1. When Should Preemies Learn to Sit Up?

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Say goodbye to stacking pillows around your baby to cushion falls. Learning to sit up is one of the first developmental milestones that preemies meet. Most preemies will learn to sit up during the middle of the first year, but babies with many health problems of prematurity may sit up later than their peers.

2. When Should Preemies Learn to Walk?

A baby learning to walk.
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Get your cameras ready! During the first half of the second year of life, your preemie should learn to walk. Some parents of preemies may have to wait longer for this preemie developmental milestone, and some preemies may need extra help when learning to walk.

3. When Should Preemies Learn to Talk?

Talking to your baby will help him learn to talk.
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From "babababa" to calling Mom or Dad by name, it's fun to listen as babies learn to talk. This is one developmental milestone that preemies may meet a little bit before their full term peers, since they've been exposed to language for longer. Other preemies may need a little help learning to communicate well.

4. Share Your Story: When Did Your Preemie Meet Developmental Milestones?

If you want to share your baby's successes or hear from other parents that you're not alone, this is the place. Read stories of preemies meeting developmental milestones, and add your story for others to enjoy.

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