Developmental Checklist

1 Month
• Lifts head up briefly when on belly
• Moves arms and legs in energetic manner
• Reacts to sudden movement or noises
• Communicates with smiles, gaze, and crying
• Avoids mildly annoying sensations (placement of cloth on face)
• Focuses on a rattle in her line of vision
• Makes some sounds such as (ah, uh)


2 Months
• Beginning to coo or gurgle
• Follows moving object with eyes (head stationary)
• Smiles at mom or dad when they smile
• Looks at mom or dad’s face when they talk
• Head is erect and bobbing
• Rolls part way to side when lying on back


3 Months
• Turns head and follows a moving object with eyes
• Grasps objects when placed in his hand
• Crying is different for pain, hunger, etc.
• Swats at dangling objects
• Searches for sound with eyes
• Beginning to babble


Things You Can Do With Your Child
• Sing songs and recite nursery rhymes to your baby. Babies are calmed by a steady soft rhythm.
• Place patterned designs and faces drawn in black and white in front of baby to stimulate visual development.


4 Months
• Lifts head and chest while lying on stomach
• Rolls from side to side
• Laughs aloud
• Turns head toward sounds such as a bell, voice, music
• Good head control
• Plays with fingers, hands, and toes


5 Months
• Reaches for and holds objects
• Stands firmly when held
• Babbling increases- uses a variety of sounds (squeals, grunts, etc.)
• Likes to play peek-a-boo
• Pats and smiles at image in mirror
• Stretches out arms to be picked up
• Responds to tones of voice


6 Months
• Sits with assistance or may sit alone
• Reaches for and grasps toy with one hand
• Rolls from back to stomach, and stomach to back
• Holds, sucks, bites cookie or cracker- begins chewing
• Transfers object from hand to mouth
• Babbles- makes sounds like "baba, gugu, didi"
• Turns head toward sounds or to an adult when they are talking to her


Things You Can Do With Your Child
• Establish routines by dimming the light at naptime, reading a story or singing a lullaby before bedtime.
• Hold your baby as you are feeding her. Feeding time provides a bonding opportunity. Rock, smile at, and talk, so she feels love and security.


7 Months
• Can transfer object from one hand to the other hand
• Can sit for a few minutes without support
• Creeps (pulling body with arms and leg kicks)
• Is shy at first with strangers
• Reaches for bright or sound producing familiar object


8 Months
• Can sit steadily for about five minutes
• Crawls (on hands and knees)
• Grasps things with thumb and first two fingers
• Likes to be near parents
• Responds to "No" by stopping activity


9 Months
• Responds to name
• Can stand for a short time holding onto support
• Copies sounds, repeats words
• Begins to play simple games
• Hits two objects together


Things You Can Do With Your Child
•Provide a safe area with furniture that is appropriate for your child to practice pulling self to an upright position.
• Give your baby blocks for stacking and other toys for grasping and holding. Items should be at least 1 ½ to 2 inches wide.
• Play music for listening and movement.
• Play peek-a-boo, clap hands, and help your baby play with his/her toys.


10 Months
• Able to pull self up at side of crib or play pen
• Can drink from a cup when it is held
• Releases object
• Shows affection and love


11 Months
• Can walk holding onto furniture or sides of crib or playpen
• Can find an object placed under another object
• Holds object and examines it with hands and/or eyes
• Copies sounds such as clicking and coughing and words such as "Mama" and "Dada"


12 Months
• Waves bye-bye
• Can walk with one hand held
• Says a few more words besides "Mama" and "Dada"
• Finger feeds self. Enjoys some solid foods
• Likes to have an audience
• Gives toys on request
• Follows two to three word directions accompanied by gestures
• Jabbering
• Responds to music by moving body to the rhythm of music


Things You Can Do With Your Child
• Provide stacking toys such as blocks, nesting rings, or cups
• Provide busy boxes and toys to push or pull
• Provide wheeled toys without pedals
• Provide opportunities for your child to experience new finger foods and drink from a cup


15 Months
• Shows wants by pointing and gestures
• Scribbles on paper after shown
• Enjoys throwing, rolling, pushing, pulling toys
• Likes to feed self
• Looks to parent for help in solving problems
• Looks for hidden objects in last place seen
• Climbs stairs with assistance


18 Months
• Takes things apart
• Drinks from a cup held in both hands
• Likes to help a parent
• May use 5-10 words
• Runs stiffly, with eyes on the ground
• Laughs at silly actions (as wearing a bowl as a hat)
• Identify an object in a picture book


24-30 Months
• Able to run
• Walks up/down stairs using alternate feet
• Takes steps backwards
• Says at least 50 words
• Sometimes uses 2-3 word sentences- such as "more juice"
• Kicks/throws large ball
• Imitates housework
• May show some interest in using the toilet


Things You Can Do With Your Child
• Teach your child how to go up and down stairs safely, how to jump, and walk on tiptoe.
• Encourage your child to assist in dressing herself. Talk about the items of clothing and what she is doing as she is getting dressed.


30-36 Months
• Dresses self except for buttoning
• Jumps lifting both feet off the ground
• Rides Tricycle
• Turns doorknob and faucets
• Knows difference between "Big" and "Little"
• Knows whether he or she is a boy or girl
• Naps start to disappear (may not nap every day)
• Plays more often with other children; shares, tells stories, likes to play dress-up and pretend
• Walks upstairs (one foot on a step); begins to balance on one foot
• Puts shoes on (no lacing); begins to copy simple shapes; cuts with scissors; brushes teeth with some help
• Says rhymes and jingles from TV and from stories
• Asks questions: "What’s that?" or "Where’s Daddy?"
• Can count to five
• Washes and dries hands by himself and uses the toilet (may still require some help)


Things You Can Do With Your Child
• Give your child one-step directions such as "Please put your blocks in the toy box."
• Provide props, so your child can engage in pretend play. Blankets make great forts. Large boxes work well for playing house, store or office.