7 Milestones to never forget in your child’s life: ages 1–5

After that whirlwind first year, the next four seem almost calm by comparison, though you’ll be amazed at how often you’re replacing your child’s wardrobe. 

So much happens during this time that whittling a list down to seven milestones was a struggle, but these are the big moments that you’ll never want to forget.

1. Starting preschool or daycare

When you first leave your child in daycare, or start the little tyke in preschool, it’s probably more traumatic for you than it is for your kid! But, when you see how much fun he has, you know you made the right choice.

2. The first sleepover

The first time she stays the night somewhere else, you’ll experience a load of conflicting emotions. You’ll want to remember that final call to say “night-night” forever.

3. Your child’s first friend

Watching your little one play with friends, sharing toys, and laughing, is like watching joy personified. When they have their first spat, you’re there to dry his tears, and laugh when 20 minutes later he wants little Johnny to spend the night.

4. Bedtime stories

Reading with your child is hugely impactful both in developing her love of reading and spending quiet, one-on-one time together each day. Even if she does want to hear “Green Eggs and Ham” every…single…night.

5. Learning your ABCs and 123s

Helping your child learn his ABCs and 123s is surprisingly challenging sometimes, but seeing the look of pride on his face when he finally gets it is incredibly rewarding.

6. Letting your little one dress themselves

Is there any other time in your life when you can wear anything you want, no matter how ridiculous it looks? My son’s favorite outfit when he was three was red sweatpants, a brown suede cowboy vest, and black cowboy boots. Stylin’.

7. First day of kindergarten

That first day of school. I don’t know if it’s more terrifying for the child or the parent. New teacher, new classmates, new friends.

These are just a sample. However, there will be many more moments you’ll want to keep. Savor these moments and get to know your growing child. You’ll be amazed of how surprising each step can be.