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Check to see if your child is achieving these typical milestones at each age level:

By 3-4 months

Turns head toward bright colors and lights

  • Recognizes familiar objects and people; smiles at the sound of your voice 
  • Makes cooing sounds
  • Lifts head when on stomach
  • Wiggles and kicks with arms and legs
  • Becomes quiet in response to sound, especially to speech
  • Begins to develop a social smile 
  • Brings their hands together

By 6 Months

  • Follows moving objects with their eyes
  • Turns toward the source of normal sound
  • Reaches for objects and picks them up
  • Switches toys from one hand to another
  • Plays with their toes
  • Helps hold bottle during feeding
  • Recognizes familiar faces
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • Responds to soft sounds, especially talking
  • Rolls over

By 12 Months/1 Year

  • Gets to a sitting position without help
  • Pulls to a standing position
  • Stand briefly without support
  • Crawls
  • Enjoys imitating people; tries to imitate sounds 
  • Enjoys simple social games, such as “gonna get you!”
  • Explores objects; finds hidden objects
  • Responds to “no;” uses simple gestures, such as pointing to an object 
  • Babbles with changes in tone; may use single words (“dada,””mama,” “Uh-oh!”)
  • Turns to person speaking when his/her name is called.

By 36 Months/3 Years

  • Throws a ball overhead
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Puts on their shoes
  • Opens the door
  • Turns one page at a time
  • Plays with other children for a few minutes
  • Repeats common rhymes
  • Use three-to-five word sentences
  • Names at least one color correctly 

By 24 Months/2 Years

  • Likes to push and pull objects
  • Says about 50 words
  • Recognizes familiar pictures
  • Kicks a ball forward
  • Feeds themselves with a spoon
  • Expresses affection openly and has a wide range of emotions 
  • Makes mechanical toys work; plays make-believe 
  • Sorts objects by shape and color, matches objects to pictures 
  • Follows a 2- or 3-part command; uses simple phrases to communicate with others, such as “go outside, swing?”
  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me) and some plurals (cars, dogs).

Contact Right Start, Inc. today at (718) 375-2505 if you are concerned about your child not reaching the above typical milestones.

Content Source:

NYS DOH publication “Early Help Makes a Difference”


www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf – follow the link to download the detailed milestones checklist