Baby's Developmental Milestones

Baby's Developmental Milestones

Every pregnancy is unique—with no “right way” to make the journey to parenthood. Lamaze serves as a trusted resource. We welcome and respect all individuals and families from every corner of the world. Our goal is simple: We want you to feel confident, supported and powerful as you ask questions, make decisions, and navigate your path through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

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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