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Development Milestones


Developmental Milestones


3 months


6 months


1 year

  • Turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • Recognize bottle or breast
  • Respond to their mother's voice
  • Make cooing sounds
  • 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
  • Follow moving objects with their eyes
  • Turn toward the source of normal sound
  • Reach for objects and pick them up
  • Play with their toes
  • Help hold the bottle during feeding
  • Recognize familiar faces
  • Imitate speech sounds
  • Roll over
  • 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


18 Months


2 Years


3 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
  • Use two-to-three-word sentences
  • Say about 50 words
  • Recognize familiar pictures
  • Kick a ball forward
  • Feed themselves with a spoon
  • Demand a lot of your attention
  • Turn two or three pages together
  • Identify hair, eyes, ears, and nose by pointing
  • Show affection
  • 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


4 Years



5 years



  • Use five to six word sentences
  • Go up and down stairs without support
  • Throw a ball overhand
  • 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" 
  • Use more than five words in a sentence
  • Like to sing dance and act
  • Aware of gender
  • Can count 10 or more objects
  • Tell longer stories
  • Say name and address
  • Hops, somersaults, swings, climbs
  • Draw people with bodies
  • Print some letters
  • Dress and undress without help
  • Use fork, spoon and (sometimes) a table knife


  • Babies develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when your child will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones here will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect, but don't be alarmed if your own baby's development takes a slightly different course.