Developmental Milestones

 

6 Month Milestones

DOES YOUR CHILD:

1 MONTH:

  • Eyes can follow (track) an object towards the middle (midline) or starting at midline to either side.

  • Tightly grasp objects placed child’s hands.

2 MONTHS:

  • Eyes can follow (track) an object to right and left sides, past the midline.

  • Can briefly hold small toys placed in child’s hands.

  • May begin to notice their own hands.

3 MONTHS:

  • Eyes can follow objects in a circular motion.

  • Hands are more relaxed.

  • Infant is able to look at an object and will attempt to reach for that object. (Referred to as “visually directed reaching.”)

4-5 MONTHS:

  • Touches fingers together

  • Begins reaching with both hands at the same time.

  • Able to reach and grasp a small toy using both hands.

  • Touches or bangs an object on a table or hard surface

6 MONTHS:

  • Reaches for an object with right or left hand.

  • Shakes a rattle.

  • Uses a raking grasp (all fingers at the same time) to pick up small objects.

 

DOES YOUR CHILD:

 

7 MONTHS:

  • Transfers a small object from one hand to the other

8 MONTHS:

  • Able to pull an item that is placed vertically in Play‐doh.  

  • Able to hold an object with the pad of the thumb facing the pad of the index finger.  

  • Can poke objects with index finger.

9 MONTHS:

  • Uses thumb and index finger (pincer grasp) to pick up small objects like Cheerios.

  • Bangs two objects together (i.e. two blocks)

  • Claps hands.

10 MONTHS:

  • Pull out three items that are placed vertically in Play‐ doh.

  • Releases an object into an adult’s hand upon request.

11 MONTHS:

  • Places small objects into a medium or large container.

  • Can place multiple medium‐sized objects (i.e. blocks) into a container.

 
 

7-11 Month Milestones

12-24 Month Milestones

 

DOES YOUR CHILD:

12- 14 MONTHS:

  • Able to let go of an object (i.e. throw a ball) and picking it up again.

  • Can turn the cover or single thick pages of a book.

  • Removes or dumps out objects from a container.

  • Is able to point finger at objects.

  • Can place a simple shape (i.e. circle or square) into a puzzle board.

  • Can place small objects into a small container.

  • Begins to make small marks on a paper.

15-17 MONTHS:

  • Can build a two‐block tower.

  • Scribbles spontaneously (without demonstration).

18-23 MONTHS:

  • Can build a four‐ to six‐block tower.

  • Can turn a few thick pages at time in a book.

  • Can push, pull or dump things out. 

 

1 Year Milestones

DOES YOUR CHILD:

 

24-29 MONTHS:

  •  Imitates drawing a vertical line.

  •  Is able to remove a screw/twist on lid to a container.

  •  Child can turn one page at a time when looking at a book.

  •  Can build an eight‐block tower.

  •  Imitates horizontal strokes on paper.  

  •  Can string four large beads onto a piece of yarn.

30-36 MONTHS: 

  • Can build a 10‐block tower.

  • Copies a circle on paper.

  • Snips paper with child‐safe scissors.

3 Year Milestones

 

DOES YOUR CHILD:

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

• Jump using a 2-footed takeoff and landing without assistance while maintaining balance?

• Walk 8 feet on a line on tiptoes?

• Stand on one foot for 3 seconds without assistance?

• Catch a ball with arms extended?

• Step and rotate his/her body when throwing?

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

• Drink from a full glass with one hand?

• Draw a circle?

• Build a wall of 4 blocks?

• Paint with whole arm movements?

• Undress him/herself?

 

4 Year Milestones

DOES YOUR CHILD:

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

• Hop forward 6 inches on one foot without letting the other foot touch the floor?

• Run and stop without falling?

• Stand on tiptoes or on one foot without moving?

• Hit a target 5 feet away with an overhand throw?

• Ride a tricycle?

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

• Button and unbutton at least one button?

• Use one hand consistently for most activities?

• Use a spoon without spilling?

• Trace a square, copy a circle, and imitate horizontal strokes?

• Put on his/her own shoes?

• Open doors by turning handles?

 

5 Year Milestones

DOES YOUR CHILD:

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

• Skip properly while maintaining balance? 

• Stand on each foot without swaying for 10 seconds?

• Run around obstacles?

• Complete 3 sit-ups?

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

• Color between vertical lines?

• Spread substances with a knife?

• Draw circles, diamonds, and crosses?

• Carry a cup of water without spilling?

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