Milestones

Each child grows and changes at a different rate. Some babies take a little longer to do some things. If you are worried, talk to your doctor or nurse.

The first few months are all about your baby learning to feel comfortable, safe and secure in the world. By responding to their signals and providing lots of love and comfort, you help them form a trusting bond with you.

Watch for your baby to:

• Respond to your voice and touch.

• Move his eyes to follow an object in front of his face.

• Sleep a lot. Your baby can’t tell night from day just yet.

• Be startled by loud noises.

Watch for your baby to:

• Turn and smile at you when she sees or hears you.

• Make sounds (coo) and smile.

• Move his arms and legs on both sides of his body

• Calm or comfort herself. Some babies do this by bringing their hands to their mouth.

Watch for your baby to:

• Turn and smile at you.

• Have good head control.

• Begin to roll and reach for objects.

• Push her chest up off the floor to her elbows.

• Try to get your attention.

This time is all about parents and baby falling in love. Most babies are eating and sleeping more regularly by this time. Your baby should be responding more actively to parents and caregivers. Over the next couple months, you will begin learning about your baby’s preferences - what he likes and dislikes, how she prefers to sleep, eat and play.

Watch for your baby to:

• Make sounds like “ah”, “eh” and “oh”.

• Roll over and try to push up when on her stomach.

• Stand up if you hold him under the arms.

• Begin to recognize her name and familiar faces.

This is a time of great fun for parents, as they watch their baby become eager explorers who are thrilled to discover that they can make things happen. A seven-month-old knows, “When I smile, Mommy smiles back!” A nine-month-old lifts her arms to say, “Daddy, I want you to pick me up!”​

Watch for your baby to:

• Start to point to objects.

• Say “ma”, “ga”, “da”, “di”, “ba” and other sounds.

• Crawl using arms and legs alternately (not bunny hopping).

• Pull himself up to stand.

As your baby approaches the one-year mark, he is becoming a better communicator. This is a delightful time for parents. Your baby can use her actions and sounds to let loved ones know what they want, like handing a book to a parent so that she’ll read it aloud.

Watch for your baby to:

• Try to copy what you are doing.

• Hand you a book when she wants to hear a story.

• Stand alone.

• Pick up a cube or small toy in each hand and bang them together.

• Wave “Bye-Bye”

• Speak one or two words.

​Watch for your baby to:

• Scribble.

• Say two to three words besides “mama” or “dada”.

• Know the meaning of some words like “cup”, “on” and “out”.

• Tell you what he or she wants by pointing or making noise.

• Walk well, bend down and get back up.

• Speak one or two words.

​Watch for your toddler to:

• Walk up steps and run.

• Use a spoon or cup without spilling most of the time.

• Speak about six words and communicate to you with gestures.

• Roll a ball back and forth with you.

• Pretend feed a doll or stuffed animal.

• Explore alone but with a parent close by.

​Watch for your child to:

• Use two word phrases like “want food” or “go home”.

• Throw a ball overhand.

• Make a tower of 5-6 blocks.

• Point to a picture in a book when you say, “Show me the _____”.

• Use at least 50 different words.

• Kick a ball forward.