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Developmental Milestones

4-7 Months

At this time, your child’s perceptive abilities (hearing, vision, touch) are increasing as well as their motor skills (grasping, rolling over, sitting up, and possibly crawling). Muscle control in both the head and eyes is developing greatly. Your baby will be able to arch their back and do baby pushups. When trying to grab items, they will rake at them and switch things from hand to hand. Your baby will like to explore their bodies, like playing with their hands and feet. Baby will now turn towards loud sounds and familiar voices or other sounds. Crying and babbling are ways your baby will try to communicate with you. You should introduce them to simple syllable and words (“hot, cold, mama, dada, walk”). If by the end of 7 months they do not imitate and make sounds, there may be a hearing or speech problem. They may cry sometimes when you leave the room because they are developing a strong attachment to you. They may have some stranger anxiety. Try to get them to be around as many people as possible before 6 months to lessen stranger anxiety. Between 4 and 6 months they can start eating baby food. Teething begins at this age.

8-12 months

Babies around this age begin to stand and walk while holding onto something like furniture. They are able to sit well and crawl with their bellies off of the ground. You should expect your baby to pick up objects using his index finger and thumb. It is normal for babies around this age to bring objects to their mouths, as well as bang objects together. Babies will begin to say “mama” and “dada” and possibly wave good-bye. Infants around this age really enjoy social games such as peek-a-boo and patty cake.

15-18 months

Around this age, babies are able to sit without support, can carry a book, hold a book up with help, and turn pages. Babies will speak jargon in response to particular pictures, labels, etc. Babies are also able to respond to questions “where’s mama?” with pointing a finger. They also begin to walk up stairs while holding one hand. Babies at this age are very curious and explore drawers and waste baskets. Near the 18th month, babies may know an average of 10 words. They may also begin to feed themselves. At this age, babies give their parents hugs and kisses.

18-24 months

Babies begin to run at this age. They are able to walk well up and down stairs. They learn to open up doors and climb on furniture. Babies are able to turn pages in a book more easily. Babies are able to fill in words to familiar stories and can even recite parts of these familiar stories. Babies are better able to feed themselves and can handle a spoon well. They also begin to put 3 words together such as a subject, very, and object.

24-36 months

Around this age, babies are bettering their skills from the months before. They are starting to jump in place, kick balls, and even may begin walking up stairs with alternating steps. They will go back and forth to find their favorite pictures in a book. The child will begin to recite whole phrases and possibly whole stories. They may begin to read familiar books to themselves as they begin to coordinate words with pictures.

3 years and up

Once your child has reached 3 years of age s/he is able to turn pages in a book on at a time. They will listen to longer stories and are able to retell you their favorite stories. Toddlers will begin to recognize letters and “write” their name. They’re beginning to understand what text is. He/she will be able to hop on one foot, skip and ride a tricycle. It is around this age that they begin to really play with other children.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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