Every child develops at their own pace, achieving developmental milestones when they are ready. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a role to play. Parents can support their child’s growth and development in many ways. Well-rounded brain development is based on two key foundations: nutrition and stimulation. Find out how to utilize both to help your child reach their developmental milestones.

Nutrition to Support Developmental Milestones

During this period, your child’s brain continues to develop rapidly. In order to help him reach his full potential, you will need to incorporate the right nutrients into your child’s diet, as good nutrition lays the groundwork for well-rounded development.

It begins with identifying key nutrients for your child. Supporting brain development, providing nutrition for growth, and building immunity are all possible. 

Developmental milestones in kids

DHA is found abundantly in the brain, making it a crucial nutrient for your child’s brain development.

Zinc is essential for growth. It aids cell division and immune function1.

  Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and it also boosts the immune system by helping to fight bacteria and viruses3.

  This mineral plays an important role in red blood cell formation.

This vitamin has many important functions. Aside from strengthening immunity, it also contributes to the absorption of iron from non-meat products.

  Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) are prebiotics that stimulate the growth of intestinal Bifidobacteria. They are a great source of dietary fibre2.

  Vitamin A aids in maintaining the health of the skin and mucous membranes and helps the functioning of the eyes.


The Role of Stimulation in Child Development

Stimulation works together with proper nutrition for your child’s overall development. In general, it refers to a child’s active interaction with not only their parents but also with their environment. Stimulation helps to strengthen connections within a child’s brain. 

The goal is to provide 360° development for your child. This means helping your child learn in every aspect of their being. The four aspects of development are:

  Cognitive Skills - This involves thought processing. They are the core skills your child’s brain uses to think, remember, identify, and reason.

  Motor Skills - These skills are used for body coordination and movement.

  Communication Skills - Language and interaction are at the core of these skills.

  Emotional Skills - Your child will be able to recognise and control their emotions and behaviours when they develop these skills.

Stimulation can help the 360° development of your child’s exceptional learning. And by understanding the developmental milestones that signal growth, you will be able to measure and track your child’s progress.

How to Encourage Your Child’s Developmental Milestones


 1 Year

  • Flip through the pages of a book and have your child look at each page. As intellectual development continues, they may even point to a picture of a cat when you ask where it is.
  • To help your child achieve their physical milestones at year 1, have a race with your child. Stepping up their speed will help improve their physical condition.


 2 Years

  • To encourage communication skills, play back-and-forth games with your child. Try rolling a ball to them, for example, and asking them to roll it back.

  • Stimulating toys can also be beneficial for your child’s physical development milestones at year 2. Provide playthings that help develop fine motor skills, such as large beads to string or chalk to draw with.

 3 Years

  • Speaking to and responding to your child is one of the best things you can do to boost their communication skills and intelligence.
  • Offer guidance when needed. Say, “Use your words,” for example, if your child gets angry, or “Give your friend a turn.”

  • To achieve intellectual milestones at year 3, provide your child with jigsaw puzzles of up to 5 large pieces and encourage them as they try to place the pieces correctly.

 4 - 5 Years

  • To achieve intellectual developmental milestones between 4-5 years, count objects during everyday activities, such as counting how many items are in your grocery shopping cart.

  • For motor skills development, show your child how to write their name. Don’t expect perfection -- even “errors” count as attempts and are common at this age.

  • Find new, interesting books to read together, and your child will likely ask you to point out individual words as you read them.

  • Give your child more opportunities for independence, such as going to birthday parties. The more involved they are, the more they will boost their social development.

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Expert Resource:
Dr. Raymond Choy Wai Mun
(MCR 18097A)
MBChB (UK), Aviation Medicine (Singapore)


  1. Zinc in diet, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002416.htm#:~:text=Function&text=Zi...., Accessed 16 November 2020
  2. Inulin and Oligofructose: What Are They?, https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/129/7/1402S/4722577, Accessed 16 November 2020
  3. Vitamin E, https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-Consumer/, Accessed 16 November 2020