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NCLEX Developmental Milestones

Austin Robertson Nursing Content, Test Tips

While we often focus on testing skills and learning how to “Think NCLEX”, content mastery is still an important factor in passing the NCLEX. One have the hardest set of facts to remember are the various developmental milestones.  While the actual list of milestones can be quite extensive, this article will help you focus on the most common nursing milestones on the NCLEX. If you are struggling to master these an NCLEX Tutor can certainly help!  

Nutrition Milestones

  • 4-6 Months Old: Can Begin Solid Foods
  • Up to 1 Year Old: Avoid Honey
  • 1-2 Years Old: Can Tolerate Whole Milk


  • By The Second Month the Posterior Fontanel Closes
  • By 12 - 18 Months The Anterior Fontanel Closes

Birth Weight

  • Birth Weight Should Double by 6 Months
  • Birth Weight Should Triple by 12 Months
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Fetal Development Milestones

  • Weeks 10-12: Sex of fetus can be determined
  • Week 12: Fetus heartbeat can be detected with doppler
  • Week 20: Fetus has detectable heartbeat with fetoscope

Infant Milestones

  • 2-3 Months Old: Infant Can Turn Head Side-To-Side
  • 4-5 Months Old: Infant Can Grasp, Switch Hands, and Roll
  • 4-5 Months Old: Infant Can Sit Up Unsupported
  • 8-9 Months Old: Infant Can Stand Up Straight
  • 12-13 Months Old: Infant Can Begin To Drink From A Cup

Activities and Toys

  • 3-6 Months: Rattles, Stuffed Animals, Large Picture Books
  • 6-9 Months: Peek-A-Boo, Large Plastic Rings, Large Balls
  • 9-12 Months: Building Blocks, Stackable Toys
  • 9-12 Months: Building Blocks, Stackable Toys

Gross Motor Skills

  • 1-3 Year Old: Push-Pull Toys, Wagons
  • 3-6 Year Old: Dress-Up, Puppets, Coloring Books, Large Puzzles, Dancing

Fine Motor Skills

  • 6-12 Year Old: Collecting, Creative Crafts, Small Building Blocks

Psycosocial Development

  • 0 – 1 Year Old: Concerned With Self
  • 2 – 4 Years Old: Poor Understanding Of Right vs. Wrong
  • 4 – 7 Years Old: Prefer Defined Boundaries and Structure
  • 7 – 10 Years Old: Conforms To Peers In Order To Be Accepted
  • 10 – 12 Years Old: Capable of Logical And Abstract Thought
Remember that when it comes to the NCLEX, it is essential to understand normal development as well as acceptable variations. As I mentioned earlier if this is a topic that you struggle with a qualified NCLEX Tutor can help you with tips and tricks to recall Developmental Milestone information. Not sure if you are ready for pediatrics? Take a free practice test HERE
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