The journey to your baby's early years includes many developmental steps for how he or she plays, speaks, learns, and acts.
Observe below to learn what to look for in your child. Talk with your child's doctor about these developmental steps.
If your child is not reaching these milestones, or reaching them much later than other children, could be a sign of a development delay.
- 6 Months: Copies sounds; Begins to sit without support; Likes to play with others; Responds to sounds and own name; Strings vowels together when babbling ("ah,""eh,""oh").
- 12 Months: Uses simple gestures like nodding head or waving "bye bye"; Copies gestures; Responds to simple spoken requests; Says "mama" and "dada"; Pulls up to stand.
- 18 Months: Says several single words; Walks alone; Knows what ordinary things are for; for example cell phone, comb, cookie; Plays simple pretend, such as feeding a doll; Points to show others something interesting.
- 2 Years: Says sentences with 2 to 4 words; Gets excited around other children; Follow simple instructions; Kicks a ball; Points to objects or pictures when they are named.
- 3 Years: Copies adults and friends (like running when other children run); Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences; Climb well; Plays make-believe with dolls, animals and people; Shows affection for friends without prompting.
- 4 Years: Hops and stands on one foot for up to 2 seconds; Would rather play with other children than be alone; tells stories; Draw a person with 2 to 4 body parts; Plays cooperatively.
Study and observe these developmental steps to know what to look for along the way.