What Your Baby Should Be Doing Each Month Of His First Year

Every child is different, but this chart gives general milestones in a child's development. The information below lets you know what to expect and will help you record your child's progress.
At 1 month, most children...

  • Lift head a little when lying on stomach
  • Watch objects for a short time
  • Make "noise in throat" sounds
  • Stay away from annoying sensations such as cloth or blanket on the face

At 2 months, most children...

  • Hold their head up (bobbing when supported in sitting position)
  • Sometimes copy or respond to a smiling person
  • Roll part way to side
  • Make sounds of discomfort

At 3 months, most children...

  • Lift head and chest when lying on stomach
  • Recognize bottle or breast
  • Smile when talked to
  • Show active body movement
  • Follow moving things with their eyes

At 4 months, most children...

  • Hold head up for a long time without bobbing
  • Laugh out loud
  • Roll from front to back
  • Like to play
  • Grab an object held near their hand
  • Make sounds when talked to

At 6 months, most children...

  • Sit with little support
  • Respond to a friendly voice with a smile or coo
  • Roll from back to stomach
  • Turn and look at sounds
  • Change object from hand to hand and from hand to mouth

At 9 months, most children...

  • Sit alone and change position
  • Say "mama" and "dada"
  • Crawl
  • Respond to people they know
  • Respond to their name

At 12 months, most children...

  • Pull themselves to stand and may step with support
  • Can nod their head to signal "yes"
  • Give love
  • Pick things up with thumb and one finger
  • Say two or three words

At 15 months, most children...

  • Walk without support
  • Do some self-feeding
  • Speak and make their voice go up and down
  • Drink from a cup held by someone
  • Use four or five words

At 18 months, most children...

  • Walk (may run a bit)
  • Use five to ten words
  • Climb up or down one stair
  • Pull toys that have wheels
  • Mark on paper with crayons
  • Understand easy directions

At 2 years, most children...

  • Give toys when asked
  • Recognize a familiar picture and know if it is upside down
  • Kick large ball
  • Turn pages in a book (two or three at a time)
  • Use two or three words together, such as "more juice"

At 3 years, most children...

  • Walk up stairs holding railing
  • Unbutton large buttons
  • Stand for a moment on one foot
  • Talk of toilet needs
  • Open doors
  • Stack objects by size
  • Ask and answer simple questions
  • Speak clearly and are understood by family members

At 4 years, most children...

  • Can hop in place
  • Throw a ball above their head
  • Wash hands without help
  • Copy a circle
  • Begin to play with other children
  • Know their own sex, age, last name
  • Answer out loud to "Hi" and "How are you?"
  • Point to six basic colors when asked

At 5 years, most children...

  • Run on tiptoe
  • Understand yesterday and tomorrow
  • Print a few capital letters
  • Know their name in print
  • Use sentences with correct grammar, such as, "May I go to the store?" or "I want a big cookie."
  • Play together with others
  • Put their shoes on the correct feet

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