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Milestone Table

1 - 6 Months

7 - 12 Months

Month Senses Development Motor Skills Social Skills
1 month

Stares or tries to stare at nearby faces

Prefers black and white colors, in addition to high contrast patterns

Responds to mother's voice and nearby sounds
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Lifts head when lying on tummy

Moves head from side to side when lying down on the stomach.

Focuses on objects 20-30 cm away.

Experiments with facial expressions

Enjoys watching and imitating mother's face and movements

Loves being close to other family members

2 months

Cries in response to loud noise.

Follows movements with eyes when someone is walking close by

Enjoys listening to voices around

Focuses on objects 20-30 cm away

Follows an object moving in an arc of 15 cm above their face

Notices his/her hands

Holds head up for short periods with arm support

Makes cooing and squealing noises

Watches people around and their actions

3 months

Turns in the direction of a sound, especially if it's the mother's voice

Prefers looking at bright colors around

Stares at faces for long periods of time or at own reflection in a mirror

Can bear weight on legs if assisted
Brings his/her hands together and lifts head up 45 degrees when lying on his/her stomach
Grasps or tries to grasp a rattle and reaches for nearby objects
Rolls over to one direction

Recognizes your face and scent

Laughs loudly and smiles without any external stimuli

Coos when you talk to him

4 months

Turns in the direction of a sound, especially if it's the mother's voice
Improved Vision, can see you moving across the room

Eye color may change (up to 8 months)

Can bear weight on legs if assisted

Brings his/her hands together and lifts head up 90 degrees when lying on his/her stomach

Grasps or tries to grasp a rattle and reaches for nearby objects
Rolls over to one direction

Squeals in
happiness when reaching for an object, rolling over or grasping a rattle

5 months Enjoys improved 20/20 vision
Sees the difference between two shades of a given color
Prefers certain colors such as red, blue, yellow and green.

Motor skills are more coordinated especially when reaching for an object or rolling over

Some babies:
Grasps toys out of reach

Passes a cube from one hand to another

Sits without support

Shows various emotions and tries to mimic facial expressions

Shows interest in surrounding environment

Some babies:

Giggles or smiles in response to external stimulus

6 months

Can start eating solid food as tongue is more coordinated to swallow

Eye color begins to settle – if light-colored, may stay the same or get darker

Pulls up to a standing position from sitting position with your help

Passes an item from one hand to another

Looks for a dropped object

Grasps toys out of reach

Rolls over from his/her stomach to back.

Starts babbling "ba-ba-ba" or "ma-ma-ma"

Feels comfortable with family members such as siblings and grandparents

Fears new people in environment or new environments – known as stranger anxiety

Begins developing sense of humor – this includes a favorite list of phrases or movements that incite laughter

Month Senses Development Motor Skills Social Skills
7 months

Begins to understand object permanence (i.e. you may not be in direct sight, but you're still

Sits without support
Feeds himself/herself a cracker
Stands holding on to someone or an object such as table

Some babies:
Walks holding on to furniture

Begins to experience separation anxiety
Waves bye-bye
Makes various facial expressions
Shows interest in other babies and children when playing

8 months

Begins to understand object permanence (i.e. you may not be in direct sight, but you're still there)
Develops enhanced balance when sitting and/or using hands to pass toys
Develops enhanced vision – almost as good as adult vision with the exception of long sight

Picks up tiny objects
Looks for hidden objects
Stands alone momentarily without assistance
Crawls or scoots on bottom

Understands the word "no"

Enjoys listening to conversations and/or songs in direct environment

9 months

Understands object permanence (i.e. even if you're hiding, you're still there)
Develops improved comprehension and shows beginnings of linguistic development

Rolls a ball back when playing

Drinks from a cup independently

Begins to walk with your assistance

Says "mama" or "baba" to the correct parent

Plays peek-a-boo

Feels startled by unfamiliar noises such as telephone ringing or loud thuds

10 months

Begins developing improved comprehension skills (i.e. understanding what others around are communicating)

Loves learning new skills

Sits without support
Feeds himself/herself a cracker
Stands holding on to someone or an object such as table
Some babies:
Walks holding on to furniture

Indicates wants with gestures

Enjoys seeing other children playing

Begins to interact with babies and children playing around

11 months

Responds to commands such as "give me the toy"

Begins understanding the concept of "giving and taking" with enough practice

Begins to stand alone well
Crawls or takes a few steps to reach distant toys or objects
Picks up a tiny object with any part of thumb and finger

Says 3 or more words other than "mama" and "baba"

Enjoys games such as giving and taking objects, singing and building blocks

12 months

Begins to understand imitation; tries to imitate peers

Develops enhanced spatial (3 dimensional space) and positioning skills

Takes a few steps

Tries to scribble if given a crayon

Seems to have increased separation anxiety – this is due to recent awareness of object permanence and environment

Seeks comfort in mother when exposed to unfamiliar environments