Baby's Developmental Milestones

Developmental Milestones

Baby's Developmental Milestones

Child development expert Dr. Dorothy Singer from Yale University offers these key developmental milestones to look for and encourage in your interaction with your baby. All infants develop at their own unique pace, but these milestones provide some general guidance.

Birth to Three Months
Birth to 3 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

3 to 6 Months
  • Discovers feet and hands and is fascinated by them
  • Grasps objects
  • Rolls on to 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

6 to 9 Months
  • Rolls over to back and front 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

9 to 12 Months
  • Picks up objects with thumb and forefinger
  • May begin to creep, to crawl and also tries to kneel and stand
  • Seeks to understand cause of actions and consequences of such actions
  • Plays "peek-a-boo"; begins to understand object permanency (out of sight is not out of mind)

12 to 18 Months

12 to 18 Months
  • Begins to stand, 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

18 to 24 Months
  • Engages in simple make-believe, 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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