Developmental Milestones are the theoretical milestones of a child’s development. This blog post discusses the most widely accepted developmental stages in children. There exists a wide variation in terms of what is considered “normal,” caused by variation in genetic, cognitive, physical, family, cultural, nutritional, educational, and environmental factors. Many children reach some or most of these milestones at different times from the norm.
Babies can only focus 8-12 inches away, just enough to see your face.
Black and white patterns will draw their attention.
Can lift their head briefly and turn head when on stomach.
Moves their hands close to their mouth.
Smiles selectively at mother’s voice.
Uses vocalization to interact socially.
Exhibits startle reflex to sudden noises.
Distinguishes primary caregivers from others.
Coos, squeals and gurgles.
Smiles at people, looks at people when being played with.
Reaches for objects.
Follows moving things with eyes from side to side.
Uses hands and eyes together, looking at a toy and reaching for it.
Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface.
Can hold head steady unsupported.
String vowels together when babbling.
Responds to name.
Begins to pass objects from one hand to the other.
Begins to sit without support.
Rolls over front to back.
Copies sounds and gestures of others.
Point to objects.
Says words like “ma ma ma” and “ba ba ba”.
Looks for objects when they are hidden.
Enjoys interactive games.
Puts things in their mouth.
Picks up small objects and feeds themselves, such as cereal.
Sits without support.
Pulls self up to standing position.
Uses simple gestures like waving bye-bye or shaking head no.
Says “mama” and “dada”.
Tries to say words that an adult says.
Starts to use things correctly; brushing hair, drinking from cup.
May stand alone.
May start to take steps while holding adults hand.
Will look at book and turn pages .
If you have any questions about Developmental Milestones please feel free to contact us.
Michelle Dell’Aquila, M.A.
Director of the CDA program