Child development occurs in spurts and lulls, with peaks and plateaus. These will be influenced by child-related factors such as illness and environmental factors such as family dysfunction and the quality of caregiving. Development in different areas will proceed at different rates. Normal development will vary significantly from one individual to the next. However these variations will all occur within the normal range.

Refer to the Well Child / Tamariki Ora Health Book for a brief summary of normal child development at each age band. Your Well Child checks from 3–4 months will include a simple questionnaire (PEDS—Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status) about your baby’s development.

For information about early intervention services, see: