Birth to 6 Months
Below you will find a list of developmental milestones from birth through six months. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor.
Turns head side to side while on tummy Coos/goos in response to adult speech
Holds head up while on stomach Eyes follow objects
Kicks legs Watches face of person speaking
Rolls from stomach to back Responds to voice and sound
Grasps toys and rattles Cries to make needs/wants known
Begins rattle play Smiles and laughs when spoken to
Birth to 1 Month
· Play quiet lullabies. Dance or sway to music, holding baby close.
· Read to baby. It is the sound of your voice and words that baby enjoys.
· Change baby’s position from time to time. Alternate holding baby in your lap, placing baby in infant seat and carry him/her around so he/she begins to learn more about environment and different muscles.
· Respond with gentle and dependable attention to baby’s cries so baby learns help is always available
· Talk or sing to a baby in a normal voice during feeding, diapering, bathing.
· Recognize and show delight in baby’s responsiveness.
· Take cues from baby. Too much stimulation can be as distressing as too little.
1 Month to 6 Months
· Imitate baby’s vocalizations and faces (grunting, smacking, yawning, squinting, frowning)
· Sing songs and read to baby. It’s the sound of your voice and your closeness that matters.
· Play simplified peek-a-boo(hold cloth in front of your own face, drop it, say peek-a-boo); repeat if baby shows interest
· Walk around with baby,touching and naming objects. Stand with baby in front of the mirror, touching and naming facial features: “Baby’s mouth, Daddy’s mouth. Baby’s eye, Mommy’s eye”.
· Talk to baby often. Tell baby what you are doing, thinking, or planning. You are acknowledging baby’s presence.
· Provide hard, cardboard books for baby to look at while you turn the pages, point to, and name objects in pictures.
Taken from: Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz. (2000). By the Ages: Behavior and development of children pre-birth through eight. Albany:Delmar Thomson Learning.