Birth to Three Months
- Turns head, lifts chin, and, by three months, lifts head.
- Large motor movement of arms and legs.
- Stares at bright objects and follows them with eyes.
- Prefers to gaze at patterns rather than plain surfaces.
- Turns head towards source of sound.
- Smiles at faces and at objects that resemble faces.
Three to Six Months
- Discovers feet and hands and is fascinated by them.
- Grasps objects.
- Rolls onto back.
- Begins to sit with support.
- Vision fixates on small objects.
- Responds to high-pitched sounds and begins to make babble sounds.
- Recognizes consistent caretakers.
Six to Nine Months
- Rolls over with ease.
- Sits unaided for brief periods of time.
- Recognizes familiar people and likes attention.
- Reaches for objects with both hands.
- Plays with sounds and responds to noises and speech.
Nine to 12 Months
- Picks up objects with thumb and forefinger.
- May begin to creep, crawl and attempt to kneel and stand.
- Seeks to understand cause and consequences of actions.
- Plays "peek-a-boo"; begins to understand object permanency (out of sight is not out of mind.)
12 to 18 Months
- Begins to stand and to climb onto furniture and onto stairs.
- Favors use of one hand and tries to feed self.
- Understands words in context and starts to use one or two words.
- Responds to own name.
- Imitates actions of others; uses gestures to convey language.
- Enjoys picture books and plays with simple toys.
18 to 24 Months
- Engages in simple make-believe and imitative play.
- Fine motor skills developing.
- Becoming more aware of and curious about the world around them.
- Uses simple words; may link two words together.
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