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Milestones for Early Childhood



Development is Predictable

Children grow and develop at different rates. Typically, at certain ages, some developmental "milestones" can be observed. Some typical milestones include:

By 3 months of age, a child should:

  • raise head slightly
  • follow person with eyes
  • smile
  • vocalize
  • move arms and legs

By 6 months of age, a child should:

  • roll over
  • have good head control
  • reach and obtain objects
  • laugh out loud
  • turn head to sound

By 9 months of age, a child should:

  • sit
  • transfer object from hand to hand
  • say mama, baba, and dada
  • respond to name
  • bear weight on feet

By 12 months of age, a child should:

  • pull self to stand
  • crawl
  • pick up small item with thumb and forefinger
  • say 1-3 words
  • follow simple directions

By 18 months of age, a child should:

  • walk well
  • stack objects
  • imitate words
  • scribble with crayon
  • feed self finger food

By 24 months of age, a child should:

  • point to familiar objects
  • turn pages in book
  • use single words
  • drink from cup
  • walk up stairs

By 2-1/2 years of age, a child should:

  • use two word combinations
  • follow two step commands
  • use 50 different words
  • do simple dressing
  • kick a ball

By 3 years of age, a child should:

  • use three word combinations
  • speak clearly
  • use 100 - 150 words
  • know 3-5 body parts
  • stack four blocks
  • feed self

If you know a child in Macomb County whose development may be delayed, call Macomb ISD at 586-228-3321 for an appointment.