Milestones

Keep track of your child's progress. Here are some milestones to check as your child grows up.

Student in international preschool reading a magazine book together

Your baby at 6 months:

Social and Emotional

  • Knows familiar faces and begins to develop stranger awareness
  • Likes to look at self in the mirror
  • Responds to other people's emotions and seems happy most of the time

Language and Communication

  • Responds to own name by looking at the person speaking
  • Makes sounds to express joy and displeasure
  • Responds to sounds by making sounds, and enjoys making sounds back and forth especially with parents

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other
  • Looks at nearby things and people
  • Brings things to mouth

Physical

  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Begins to sit without support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce

Your baby at 12 months:

Social and Emotional

  • Plays games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Cries when mom or dad leaves
  • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention

Language and Communication

  • Uses simple gestures like shaking head "no" and waving "bye-bye"
  • Says "mama", "dada" and exclamations like "uh-oh!"
  • Responds to simple spoken requests

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Explores things in different ways like banging, shaking, hitting
  • Looks at pictures or thing when they are named
  • Follows simple directions like "pick up the toy"

Physical

  • Gets to a sitting position without help
  • May stand alone
  • May take a few steps without help

Your baby at 18 months:

Social and Emotional

  • Points to show others something interesting
  • Shows affection to familiar people
  • May have temper tantrums

Language and Communication

  • Says several words
  • Says and shakes head "no"
  • Points to show someone what he wants

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by hugging or pretending to feed
  • Scribbles with crayons
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands

Physical

  • Walks alone
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Eats with a spoon

Your baby at 2 years:

Social and Emotional

  • Copies others, especially adults and older children
  • Plays mainly beside other children, but begins to include other children such as in chase games
  • Gets excited with other children

Language and Communication

  • Says 2 to 4-word sentences
  • Points to body parts when named
  • Repeats words heard in conversation

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Completes phrases and rhymes in familiar songs and books
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • Follows 2-step directions

Physical

  • Kicks a ball
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circles
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on

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