John Meixner, Regional Superintendent of Schools
Fulton | Hancock | McDonough | Schuyler

Developmental Milestones

Here are some developmental milestones for children. These are not definitive, but rather offer guidance when it comes to your child's development. 

Baby Girl Picture

2 months

  • Begins to smile at people
  • Turns head toward sounds
  • Pays attention to faces
  • Can hold head up

4 months

  • Smiles spontaneously
  • Begins to babble
  • Responds to affections
  • Brings hands to mouth

6 months

  • Likes to play with others
  • Responds to own name
  • Looks around at things nearby
  • Begins to sit without support

9 months

  • Has favorite toys
  • Copies sounds and gestures
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Crawls

12 months

  • Is shy or nervous with strangers
  • Tries to say words you say
  • Pokes with index finger
  • May stand alone

18 months

  • Shows affection to familiar people
  • Says several single words
  • Scribbles on their own
  • Drinks from a cup

24 months

  • Shows more independence
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Begins to run

36 months

  • Shows a wide range of emotions
  • Carries on a short conversation
  • Turns book pages one at a time
  • Runs easily

For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC website to Learn the Signs and Act Early. 

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