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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. 

 

Developmental Milestones
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                             

                                                                                                                  


Learning Activities
 
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.

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