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Developmental Milestones

Successful intervention depends on identifying needs and providing services and supports early. The following is a checklist to see if your child is meeting the developmental milestones during the first year of life.

1st Year Developmental Milestones

1 month


7 months

  • Lifts head when on tummy
  • Looks at faces


  • Creeps (pulls body with arm and leg kicks)
  • Uses hands to pat, touch, stroke




2 months


8 months

  • Makes sounds — coos and gurgles
  • Follows objects with eyes


  • Crawls
  • Pulls self up to standing





3 months


9 months

  • Recognizes your face
  • Holds head steady and upright


  • Says “Ma-ma” or “Da-da”
  • Responds to own name





4 months


10 months

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Rolls from back to side


  • Waves bye-bye
  • Drinks from a cup when held





5 months


11 months

  • Holds out arms to be held
  • Likes to play peek-a-boo


  • ”Walks” holding onto furniture
  • Picks up small objects





6 months


12 months

  • Copies sounds
  • Rolls over in both directions


  • Uses simple gestures
  • Knows at least three words
  • Finger feeds self


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