Developmental Milestones

By 3-4 Months

  • Watches faces with interest and follows moving objects
  • Recognizes familiar objects and people; smiles at the sound of your voice
  • Begins to develop a social smile
  • Turns head toward sounds

By 7 Months

  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)
  • Sits with, and then without, support of  hands
  • Responds to own name
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice
  • Uses voice to express joy and displeasure
  • Enjoys social play

By 12 Months / 1 Year

  • Enjoys imitating people; tries to imitate sounds
  • Enjoys simple social games, such as “gonna get you!”
  • 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 24 Months /2 Years

  • 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)

By 36 Months / 3 Years

  • Shows affection for friends without prompting
  • May get upset with major changes in routine
  • Dresses and undresses self
  • Shows concern for crying friend
  • Can name most familiar things
  • Can work toys with buttons, levers, and moving parts