Developmental Milestones

YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

Hover over the interactive slider below to learn more about the skills your child should develop at each age
  • 3 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me interesting things to look at
    • sing and read to me
    • hold me to feed me
    • comfort me by talking in a soft and soothing voice
    3 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • follow movement by turning my head
    • coo and gurgle
    • cry when hungry or uncomfortable
    • smile back at people
  • 6 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • look at colorful books with me
    • talk and play with me
    • baby proof everything
    • let me sleep 2 to 3 times a day
    6 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • roll over
    • reach for and hold objects
    • coo, babble, squeal, laugh
    • be soothed and love to be touched and held close
  • 9 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • sing and read to me
    • put me to bed without a bottle
    • talk to me about what I am seeing or doing
    • give me a safe place to move around
    9 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • creep or crawl
    • respond to my name
    • say "mama" or "dada"
    • stand, holding onto a support
    • sit without help
  • 12 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • include me at family meal times
    • play with me, read to me, sing to me and talk to me
    • help me learn what I shouldn’t do by saying ”no” in a firm, quiet voice
    • stay within eyesight of me
    12 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • wave "bye-bye"
    • show many emotions such as happiness, sadness, discomfort, and anger
    • be interested in other children
    • feed myself with a spoon/finger/cup
  • 18 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me age appropriate toys
    • avoid giving me food as reward or punishment
    • hold me and read simple stories
    • teach me simple songs
    18 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • let you know what I want
    • point to familiar things when named
    • speak without help
    • speak 10-20 words
    • show emotions such as happiness, fear, sympathy, modesty, guilt, or embarrassment
  • 2 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • help me learn new words
    • tell or read me short stories
    • talk to me about things I do and see
    • be calm and comforting after my temper outbursts, I need to know that you love me
    2 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • jump, run, and climb stairs
    • sometimes use 2 word sentences
    • often do opposite of what’s asked
    • learn about rules but not able to remember the rules
  • 3 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • take me to the library and help me get my own library card
    • let me help with simple household chores
    • schedule a dental visit and ask about sealants, thumb sucking, or pacifier use
    • help me put my toys away
    • model when to say please, thank you, and sorry
    3 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • be toilet trained during the day, usually dry during the night
    • talk and usually be understood
    • use three word sentences
    • kick a ball
    • name 6 body parts
    • think about feelings of others
    • pay attention for longer
  • 4 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • read with me every day
    • let me make meaningful choices every day
    • respect my food dislikes
    • pay attention to me when I am talking
    • give me opportunities to play with other children
    4 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • ask questions
    • put together 7-12 piece puzzles
    • match or name some colors
    • begin to control frustration
    • start to understand danger
  • 5 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • feed me foods from the basic food groups
    • read to me
    • sort and count all kinds of household things with me
    • let me help plan activities and events
    5 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • play organized games
    • cut with scissors
    • draw a person with 6-8 body parts
    • catch a bounced ball
    • count to 10
    • can predict what might happen in books when you read to me
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