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A Guide to Your Child's Development

By 3 Months: 

  • Lift head and chest when laying on his/her stomach
  • Follow a moving object or person with his/her eyes
  • Grasp a rattle or finger
  • Wiggle and kick my legs
  • Smile back at people
  • Make cooing or babbling sounds
  • Cry in different ways to tell you what he/she needs

By 6 Months:

  • Hold his/her head up and look all around
  • Recognize familiar faces and smile at you
  • Coo, giggle and make lots of sounds
  • Push up on his/her hands and knees
  • Roll from his/her back to stomach and from his/her stomach to back
  • Love to be held and cuddled
  • Search (looks) for sounds, turn head towards sound

By 9 Months:

  • Sit up without much help
  • Begin to pull himself/herself up and stand with help
  • Crawl or scoot by himself/herself
  • Use thumb and finger together to pick up little things
  • Recognize and look for familiar people
  • Start to imitate and make sounds like real word  (Momma, Dada)
  • Love to dump toys and things out of containers

By 12 Months: 

  • Stand alone holding on to furniture
  • "Cruise" around holding on
  • Take beginning steps towards walking alone
  • Say a few meaningful words
  • Point to a few objects when asked to find
  • Dance or bounce to music
  • Respond to own name
  • Want parents or care-givers to always be where he/she can see them
  • Show fear and anxiety of someone he/she doesn't know

By 18 Months:

  • Walk without help
  • Climb up and down on things
  • Stand up and sit down without holding on
  • Like to push, pull, and take things apart 
  • Begin to show a "temper" when he/she can't do something he/she wants
  • Understand simple one step directions
  • Use meaningful single words, gesture, and use words together
  • "Cling" to caregivers in new situations

By 2 Years:

  • Walk, run, and climb without help
  • Go up and down stairs without holding on
  • Love to use the word "no"
  • Have frequent temper outbursts when he/she is mad, tired, or upset
  • Put two and three words together in simple sentences
  • Use about 50 or more words frequently 
  • Sing songs or say rhymes
  • Feed himself/herself and drink from a cup without a lid
  • Resist sharing toys with other children

By 3 Years:

  • Jump up and down
  • Begin to pedal a riding toy
  • Throw a big ball and catch it
  • Sort two objects that match
  • Play with others and share toys sometimes
  • Talk in short sentences and try to tell you what he/she is feeling
  • Ask what and why questions