Child Development

You want your baby to reach his or her fullest potential. It might be helpful to look through this chart. This development timetable is only a guide. Every baby is different. If you are concerned with how your baby sees, hears, moves, eats, or plays – talk to your doctor. Wisconsin has programs in every county called Birth to 3 for families whose babies and toddlers have delays and disabilities. View the AAP Baby Development Guidelines

 

Child Development Development Chart

Age

Mastered Skills

(most kids can do)

Emerging Skills

(half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills

(a few kids can do)

 1 Month  Lifts head when lying on tummy
Responds to sound
Stares at faces
 Follows objects briefly with eyes
Vocalizes: oohs and aahs
Can see black-and-white patterns
 Smiles, laughs
Holds head at 45-degree angle
 2 Months  Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
Follows objects across field of vision
Notices his hands
Holds head up for short periods
 Smiles, laughs
Holds head at 45-degree angle
Makes smoother movements
 Holds head steady
Can bear weight on legs
Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup)
 3 Months  Recognizes your face and scent
Holds head steady
Visually tracks moving objects
 Squeals, gurgles, coos
Blows bubbles
Recognizes your voice
Does mini-pushup
 Rolls over, from tummy to back
Turns toward loud sounds
Can bring hands together, bats at toys
 4 Months  Smiles, laughs
Can bear weight on legs
Coos when you talk to him
 Can grasp a toy
Rolls over, from tummy to back
 Imitates sounds: “baba,” “dada”
Cuts first tooth
May be ready for solid foods
 5 Months  Distinguishes between bold colors
Plays with his hands and feet
 Recognizes own name
Turns toward new sounds
Rolls over in both directions
 Sits momentarily without support
Mouths objects
Separation anxiety may begin
 6 Months  Turns toward sounds and voices
Imitates sounds
Rolls over in both directions
 Is ready for solid foods
Sits without support
Mouths objects
Passes objects from hand to hand
 Lunges forward or starts crawling
Jabbers or combines syllables
Drags objects toward himself
 7 Months  Sits without support
Drags objects toward herself
  Lunges forward or starts crawling
Jabbers or combines syllables
Starts to experience stranger anxiety
 Waves goodbye
Stands while holding onto something
Bangs objects together
Begins to understand object permanence
 8 Months  Says “mama” or   “dada” to parents (isn’t specific)
Passes objects from hand to hand
 Stands while holding onto something
Crawls
Points at objects
Searches for hidden objects
 Pulls self to standing, cruises
Picks things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp
Indicates wants with gestures
 9 Months  Stands while holding onto something
Jabbers or combines syllables
Understands object permanence
 Cruises while holding onto furniture
Drinks from a sippy cup
Eats with fingers
Bangs objects together
 Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo
Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent
 10 Months  Waves goodbye
Picks things up with pincer grasp
Crawls well, with belly off the ground
 Says “mama” or   “dada” to the correct parent
Indicates wants with gestures
 Stands alone for a couple of seconds
Puts objects into a container
 11 Months  Says “mama” or   “dada” to the correct parent
Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo
Stands alone for a couple of seconds
Cruises
 Understands “no” and simple instructions
Puts objects into a container
 Says one word   besides “mama” or “dada”
Stoops from standing position
 12 Months  Imitates others’ activities
Indicates wants with gestures
 Takes a few steps
Says one word   besides “mama” or “dada”
 Walks   alone
Scribbles with a crayon
Says two words   besides “mama” or “dada”