• Milestones/Red Flags

    To review the developmental milestones for age 3 months to age 36 months, and review a list of behaviors or red flags that can keep your child from learning, select from the links below.

    Age in Months: | 3| 6 | 9 | 12 | 15 | 18 | 21 | 24 | 36 | Red Flags |

    I'm 3 months old! I...

    • turn toward bright colors and lights
    • follow moving toys or faces with my eyes
    • recognize or know the bottle or breast
    • respond to loud or new sounds
    • reach for and grasp toys or hair
    • wiggle and kick my legs and arms
    • lift my head and shoulders up while on stomach
    • smile back at parents or other family members
    • make sounds, like gurgling, cooing or babbling

    I'm 6 months old! I...

    • turn toward voices
    • reach for toys and pick them up
    • roll over front-to-back and back-to-front
    • play with my toes
    • help hold bottle during feedings, if bottle fed
    • know faces of family members
    • babble, squeal, and repeat vowel sounds, like ooh, -ae, -e
    • sit by leaning on my hand

    I'm 9 months old! I...

    • copy sounds or gestures
    • reach for crumbs or other small things with my thumb and fingers
    • move toys from one hand to the other hand
    • I straighten my arms to support myself when I'm on my stomach
    • understand the word "No"

    I'm 12 months old! I...

    • respond to my name
    • may be scared of strangers
    • look for an object if you hide it from me, even if I can't see it
    • crawl on my hands and knees
    • pull myself to a standing position
    • walk by holding onto furniture
    • can drink from a cup with your help
    • enjoy playing games, like peek-a-boo or patty cake
    • say 1 to 2 words

    I'm 15 months old! I...

    • use gestures
    • like to look at pictures in a book
    • can hold a crayon in my fist
    • hand toys to you when you ask me
    • can point to pictures you name, if the things in the picture are familiar to me
    • walk alone without help

    I'm 18 months old! I...

    • like to pull and push things
    • follow simple directions
    • pull off shoes and socks
    • feed myself sometimes
    • step off low objects and keep balance
    • turn 2 to 3 pages of a book at a time
    • can point to one body part
    • can name one object
    • like to copy your words or actions
    • can name 2 objects
    • like to pretend-play
    • can put together a simple picture puzzle if it has only 2 or 3 large pieces
    • like to throw balls
    • like to play alone with toys for a short time
    • say "No" a lot

    I'm 24 months old! I...

    • use 2 to 3 words together, like "No, Mommy" or "More cookies"
    • say names of toys and people
    • feed myself with a spoon
    • turn one page at a time
    • point to hair, eyes and nose when someone asks me
    • show affection to family members and pets
    • run short distances without falling

    I'm 36 months old! I...

    • answer simple questions
    • walk up steps, alternating feet
    • put my clothes on by myself
    • open simple containers
    • like to play with other children
    • repeat simple rhymes and songs
    • use 3 to 5 word sentences
    • name at least one color correctly
    • jump in place
    • express my emotions

    Red Flags

    Baby

    • Cannot bend arms or legs
    • Does not smile, move, or look at you when you talk or play with her
    • Does not want to be held
    • Does not make sounds by 3 months
    • Does not babble by 6 months

    Toddler

    • Has tantrums that last 20 minutes or longer
    • Breaks things on purpose
    • Hurts or bites other people
    • Does not look at you when you call her name
    • Does not play with toys
    • Flaps hands, rocks, or sways over and over
    • Does not point at objects he wants
    • Has no words by 12 months

    Any Age

    • Is fussy or cries a lot, even when not tired or hungry
    • Has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
    • Does not notice people
    • Is unhappy most of the time
    • Any loss of speech or babbling, or social skill
Last Modified on April 11, 2011