Ages & Stages: Developmental Milestones
 

By 3 months of age

  • Does your baby hold her head steady when placed in a supported sitting positing?
  • Does your baby lift her head off the floor when placed on her tummy?
  • Did your baby keep her hands open rather than fisted when they were first born?
  • Does your baby make sounds when looking at people or at toys?
  • Does your baby hold a toy if placed in her hand?
  • Does your baby watch her hands?

By 6 months of age

  • Does your baby roll from his back to his tummy?
  • Does your baby sit independently by leaning on his hands for a minute?
  • Does your baby reach and grasp toys?
  • Does your baby pass a toy from one hand to the other?
  • Does your baby make sounds like "da", "ba" and "ga"?
  • Does your baby place toys in his mouth?

By 9 months of age

  • Does your baby get into a crawling position and start to crawl?
  • Does your baby sit independently for several minutes without using her hands for support?
  • Does your baby respond to her name by turning her head, smiling or looking for you?
  • Does your baby respond to the tone of your voice or when you say "no-no?"
  • Does your baby bang toys up and down on the table or floor?
  • Does your baby pick up small toys with only one hand?

By 12 months of age

  • Does your baby stand alone and start to take a few independent steps?
  • Does your baby take a few steps with you holding his hand?
  • Does your baby follow simple commands such as "Come here", "Give it to me" or "Give me a kiss"?
  • Does your baby say a few words like "Mama", "Dada" or "baba" (bottle)?
  • Does your baby bang 2 toys together?
  • Does your baby use his thumb and forefinger to pick or pinch small objects like Cheerios?

By 15 months of age

  • Does your child move around the house by walking rather than crawling?
  • Does your child crawl up the stairs?
  • Does your child point to what he wants?
  • Does your child have 5 words in addition to "Mama" and "Dada"?
  • Does your child throw a small ball?
  • Does your child drop small toys into a container (such as a box or bowl)?

By 19 months of age

  • Does your child walk down the stairs if you hold onto one of her hands?
  • Does your child run?
  • Does your child point to her body parts when asked?
  • Does your child say 2 words that mean different ideas such as "Mommy go" or "baby night-night"?
  • Does your child scribble on a piece of paper when given a crayon or pen?

By 24 months of age

  • Does your child walk up at least 2 stairs by himself?
  • Does your child jump?
  • Does your child name pictures in a book when asked?
  • Does your child speak 50 or more words?
  • Does your child put things away where they belong?
  • Does your child pretend that objects such as blocks or boxes are something else?

By 30 months of age

  • Does your child kick a ball without hold on to something?
  • Does your child run well without falling or bumping into things?
  • Does your child speak sentences 3-4 words long?
  • Does your child know the prepositions of "on" and "under"?
  • Does your child turn doorknobs, twist tops or screw off lids?
  • Does your child get a chair or box to stand on if something is out of her reach?

By 36 months

  • Does your child go up the stairs alternating feet (right foot then left foot)?
  • Does your child stand on one foot without holding onto something?
  • Does your child tell you what is happening in a storybook?
  • Does your child hold a crayon or pencil like an adult?
  • Does your child dress himself?
  • Does your child use a fork and spoon with little or no spilling?