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Developmental Milestones


Do you know the typical milestones for development?

While each child develops in their own way, use these as a guide for milestones to watch for.

1 Month

  • Briefly lifts and turns head when on belly
  • Can bring hands to mouth when on side and on belly 
  • Can coordinate suck, swallow, breathe for efficient feeding 
  • Hands are fisted
  • Baby becomes relaxed when held

2 Months

  • Baby becomes less flexed and more extended. Baby seems “floppy” 
  • Baby can briefly hold his/her head up when supported at trunk  
  • Hands are less fisted
  • Cooing sounds
  • Baby demonstrates social smile  

3 Months

  • Slight head lag (head hangs back) when pulled to sit from hands
  • Baby develops strength to actively bring to hands to mouth
  • Makes noises in response to conversation
  • Infant can swat at toys that are presented above him/her when laying on back
  • Baby has independent head control when supported at trunk
  • Baby is able to lift head when on tummy at least 45 degrees and is able to hold for 3 minutes at a time

4-5 Months

  • Actively reaches hands to knees and hands to feet when on back
  • Can roll from back to side
  • Baby reaches for objects with accuracy when presented in front of him/her when on back
  • Can be on belly with arms extended under body
  • Able to sit with arms extended to the floor
  • When pulled to sit from arms the head should not fall back at all
  • Puts toys in mouth
  • Shows interest in mirrors

6-7 Months

  • Purposely rolls from back to belly and belly to back
  • Sits without support
  • Moves objects from one hand to the other
  • May belly crawl
  • Pivots on belly
  • Pulls to stand with assistance
  • Says “ma, da, ba”

8 Months

  • Pushes onto hands and knees
  • Can pull to kneeling position at a bench
  • Removes objects from a container
  • Claps
  • Babbles “mama” and “dada” without intent
  • Likes picture books
  • Feeds self crackers/cookies

9-10 Months

  • Holds bottle
  • Crawls on hands and knees
  • Cruises along furniture
  • Can go from standing to squatting
  • Plays Peek-A-Boo
  • Grasps large crayons
  • Begins to imitate non-speech sounds

11-12 Months

  • Stands alone
  • Walks with hands held
  • Plays with a purpose
  • Removes own socks
  • Picks up Cheerios
  • Puts objects into a container
  • Repeats laughing sounds
  • Says “Uh oh” when appropriate
  • Says "mama" and "dada" with intent
  • Imitates name of familiar object
  • Identifies 1-2 body parts