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Movement milestones

  • Gets to sitting position without assistance

  • Crawls forward on belly

  • Assumes hand and knee position

  • Creeps on hands and knees

  • Gets from sitting to crawling or prone (lying on stomach) position

  • Pulls self up to standing position

  • Walks holding on to furniture

  • Stands momentarily without support

  • Takes two or three steps without support


Hand and Finger milestones

  • Uses pincer grasp

  • Bangs two one-inch cubes together

  • Puts objects into container and takes objects out of container

  • Pokes with index finger

  • Tries to imitate scribbling


Language milestones

  • Responds to simple verbal requests

  • Responds to "no"

  • Makes simple gestures such as shaking head for no

  • Babbles with inflection

  • Babbles "dada" and "mama"

  • Says "dada" and "mama" for specific person

  • Uses exclamations such as "uh-oh"


Cognitive milestones

  • Explores objects in many different ways (shaking, banging, throwing and dropping)

  • Finds hidden objects easily

  • Looks at correct picture when image is named

  • Imitates gestures


Social/Emotional milestones

  • Appears shy or anxious with strangers

  • Cries when mother or father leaves

  • Enjoys imitating people in his play

  • Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys

  • Prefers mother and/or regular care provider over all others

  • Repeats sounds or gestures for attention

  • Begins to finger-feed himself

  • Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed

Remember, all children develop differently, and  these are general milestones meant as a guidleine.  However, if you have any concerns that your child may be dealyed in one or more of these areas,  you can click HERE to visit West Virginia Birth to Three and make a referal, or call 1-866-321-4728.

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