Developmental Milestones

Children typically develop certain skills at certain ages. These milestones give you an idea of general development for gross motor, fine motor, and speech-language skills. If you are concerned that your child has not met these developmental milestones at the appropriate ages, please contact your child's physician.

0 - 3 MONTHS
  • Turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • Recognize bottle or breast
  • Respond to their mother's voice
  • Bring their hands together
  • Wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • Lift head when on stomach
  • Become quiet in response to sound, especially to speech
  • Brings hands within range of eyes and mouth
  • Make cooing sounds
  • Grasps and shakes hand toys
  • Attempts to imitate sounds
3 - 6 MONTHS
  • Reach and grasp for objects
  • Play with toes
  • Roll over
  • Sit with only a little support
  • Bounce when held in a standing position
  • Move toys from one hand to another
  • Laugh and squeal in delight
  • Smile at themselves in a mirror
6 - 9 MONTHS
  • Supports all weight on their legs
  • Finds partially hidden object
  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)
  • Responds to own name
  • Responds to sound by making sounds
  • Reaches with one hand
  • Sits with, and then without, support of their hands
  • Explores with hands and mouth
9 - 12 MONTHS
  • Get to a sitting position
  • Stand briefly without support
  • Crawl
  • Imitate adults using a cup or telephone
  • Play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • Wave bye-bye
  • Put objects in a container
  • Make "ma-ma" or "da-da" sounds
  • Drink from a cup with help
  • Grasp small objects using thumb and index/forefinger
  • Pull themselves to stand or takes steps by holding onto furniture
  • Put small blocks in and take them out of a container
  • Feed themselves finger foods like raisins
  • Copy sounds and actions you make
1 - 2 YEARS
  • Like to push and pull objects
  • Say at least six words
  • Follow simple directions
  • Pull off shoes, socks, and mittens
  • Can point to a picture that you name in a book
  • Feed themselves
  • Make marks on paper with crayons
  • Walk without help
  • Walk backwards
  • Point, make sounds and try to use words to ask for things
  • Stack two blocks
  • Says 8-10 words you can understand
  • Ask for something by pointing or using one word
  • Drink from straw
  • Feed themselves with a spoon
  • Toss or roll a ball
2 - 3 YEARS
  • Use two-to-three-word sentences
  • Say about 50 words
  • Recognize familiar pictures
  • Kick a ball forward
  • Feed themselves with a spoon
  • Demands a lot of your attention
  • Turn two or three pages together
  • Identify hair, eyes, ears, and nose by pointing
  • Shows affection
  • Hum or try to sing
  • Imitates others
  • Apply pretend actions on others
  • Refer to self by name or use "me" and "mine"
  • Verbalize desires and feelings
  • Enjoys looking at one book repeatedly
3 - 4 YEARS
  • Throw a ball overhand
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Put on their shoes
  • Open the door
  • Turn one page at a time
  • Play with other children for a few minutes
  • Repeat common rhymes
  • Use three -to-five-word sentences
  • Name at least one color correctly
  • Dresses and undresses themselves
  • Draws circles and squares
  • Kick ball forward
  • Hops and stands on one foot up to five seconds
  • Follows a three-part command
  • Understands the concept of counting
4 - 5 YEARS
  • Use five to six word sentences
  • Go up and down stairs without support
  • Understand the concept of counting and may know a few numbers
  • Draw a person with two to four body parts
  • Recall parts of a story
  • Begin to have a clearer sense of time
  • Understand the concepts of "same" and "different"
  • Imagine that many unfamiliar images may be "monsters"
  • Stands on one foot for ten seconds or longer
  • Swings, climbs
  • Cares for own toilet needs
  • Uses future tense
  • Understands the concept of time
  • Prints some letters
  • Build a tower of six to eight blocks
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