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Developmental

Milestones

Chart

1-2 months

  • Sucks and/or swallows easily
  • Turns head from side to side when lying on tummy
  • Startles easily in response to loud noises
  • Turns head in direction that cheek is touched

3-4 months

  • Holds a rattle and smiles
  • Makes cooing sounds like “ooh” or “aah”
  • Rolls from tummy to back
  • Plays with hands by touching them together or putting them in the mouth

4-6 months

  • Sits up without falling
  • Crawls or creeps forward on tummy by moving arms and legs
  • Holds something in each hand at the same time
  • Pulls up to stand by holding on to furniture
  • Shakes head to say “no”

6-9 months

  • Sits up without falling
  • Crawls or creeps forward on tummy by moving arms and legs
  • Holds something in each hand at the same time
  • Pulls up to stand by holding on to furniture
  • Shakes head to say “no”

9-12 months

  • Takes steps by holding on to furniture
  • Picks up small objects, toys and finger foods
  • Waves “bye-bye”
  • Says “Mama” or “Dada” to the right person
  • Looks at pictures in a book

12-15 months

  • Walks without help
  • Drinks from a cup without help
  • Picks up small objects and drops into a container
  • Points and asks for things
  • Scribbles on paper using crayon

15-18 months

  • Points to body parts—eyes, nose, mouth—when you name them
  • Shows emotions—happy or sad
  • Tries to talk and repeats words
  • Feeds self with spoon but spills
  • Looks at picture books and turns pages

18-24 months

  • Follows simple two-step directions like, “Go to your room and bring me a diaper.”
  • Uses 4 to 5 word sentences
  • Plays make-believe with dolls, stuffed animals, and people
  • Shows affection for playmates
  • Jumps up and down

24-36 months

  • Points to pictures in a book when you name them
  • Puts words together like “mommy shoes,”“see car,” “go bye-bye”
  • Shows affection—offers hugs and kisses
  • Plays actively with toys—kicks large ball, stacks things, etc.
  • Takes off clothes on their own like hat, shoes, socks