Your little one will do things at their own pace, but you can watch for certain developments around certain times. Here is a rough guide of developmental milestones to celebrate with your child as they learn and grow.

C=Cognitive

M=Motor

C=Communication

S=Social

Developmental Milestones: 9 Months

C

  • Recognizes people and objects at a distance

  • Recognizes and responds to familiar words

M

  • Holds an object in each hand

  • Scoots or begins to crawl

C

  • Looks for and reacts to sounds outside line of visione

  • Babbles echo actual words with vowels & consonants

S

  • Distinguishes between strangers and family

  • Shows frustration when limits are set and tests limits

Developmental Milestones: 10 Months

C

  • Understands how to use many objects

  • Expanding attention span, from two to three minutes at eight months / 15 minutes at 12 months

M

  • Rolls over quickly and suddenly.

  • Crawls

  • Sits up unsupported for long periods.

  • May stand

C

  • Recognizes own name

  • Shakes head or frowns to express “no”

S

  • Accurately mimics expressions and sounds

  • Enjoys being around other babies (but can’t yet play)

Developmental Milestones: 11 Months

C

  • Understands that objects have names

  • Attracted to new toys and objects

M

  • Points and pokes with index finger

  • May briefly stand on their own

C

  • Gestures to communicate

  • Understands many things said to them

S

  • Imitates actions of adults and other children

  • Waves good-bye

Developmental Milestones: 12 Months

C

  • Looks and listens simultaneously

  • Follows one-step commands, “Lift your arm”

M

  • Crawls up stairs

  • May take first steps or walk

C

  • Responds to simple questions and one-step commands

  • May use “Mama” and “Dada” to refer to parents

S

  • Shows separation anxiety when you leave the room

  • Shows increased affection with family

Developmental Milestones: 12-15 Months

C

  • Actively explores objects by touching and moving

  • Points to objects you name (nose, pictures in a book)

M

  • Takes first solo steps or may even walk fairly well

  • Climbs stairs and scoots down

C

  • Uses at least one to two words around first birthday

  • Responds to questions and requests

S

  • Shows preferences for certain people and things

  • May say “no” to express frustration

Developmental Milestones: 15-18 Months

C

  • Puts objects in and takes them out of containers

  • Imitates real life in play, like feeding a doll or talking on the phone

M

  • Climbs on furniture

  • Removes some clothing; helps when being dressed

C

  • Uses a single word as a sentence. Ex: Juice

  • Understands concepts of up, down, off, and hot

S

  • Easily frustrated

  • Increasingly understands that they are a separate person from you with their own preferences, feelings, and ideas

Developmental Milestones: 18-21 Months

C

  • Knows how household items are used, like a spoon to eat

  • Points to at least one body part when asked

M

  • Jumps in place or from a bottom step to the floor

  • Walks

C

  • May say up to 30 words by 18 months

  • Tries longer, multi‐syllable words

S

  • May have tantrums when upset, however tantrums peak between 18 and 24 months

  • May have quick emotional shifts

Developmental Milestones: 21-24 Months

C

  • Names simple objects in a book

  • Follows two‐step requests

M

  • Walks with balance along curbs or logs

  • Able to turn knobs, push buttons and turn pages

C

  • Uses simple phrases or puts words together, like “All gone”

  • May refer to self by name instead of saying “I“

S

  • Makes broad, often quick emotional shifts

  • Becomes more interested in playing with other children

Developmental Milestones: 24-36 Months

C

  • Figures out simple mechanical toys

  • Completes puzzles of three or four pieces

M

  • Runs with more coordination

  • Jumps

  • Learns to kick a ball

C

  • Uses pronouns: I, we, you

  • Says name, age, and gender

S

  • Plays with other children rather than just side‐by‐side

  • Understands the concept of possessives like mine, hers

From rolling over to running around and talking, their developmental milestones are worth celebrating at every turn.