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Checklist for Growing Children

Here´s what you can expect your child to be doing, from birth to age three. If your baby seems different, call People Inc.´s Early Intervention Program at (716) 874-5600.

3 Months
At three months of age, most babies:

  • turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • move both eyes in the same direction together
  • recognize bottle or breast
  • react to sudden sounds or voices
  • make cooing sounds
  • make fists with both hands
  • grasp toys or hair
  • wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • lift head and chest when on stomach
  • smile

6 Months
At six months of age, most babies:

  • follow moving objects with their eyes
  • turn toward the source of normal sound
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • switch toys from one hand to the other
  • play with their toes
  • help hold the bottle during feeding
  • recognize familiar faces
  • babble

12 Months
At 12 months of age, most babies:

  • sit without support
  • pull to a standing position
  • crawl
  • drink from a cup
  • play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • wave bye-bye
  • hold out their arms and legs while being dressed
  • put objects in a container
  • stack two blocks
  • know five or six words

1/2 Years
At 1 1/2 years of age, most children:

  • like to pull, push and dump things
  • follow simple directions ("Bring the ball")
  • pull off shoes, socks and mittens
  • like to look at pictures
  • feed themselves
  • make marks on paper with crayons
  • walk without help
  • step off a low object and keep balance

2 Years
At two years of age, most children:

  • use two-to-three-word sentences
  • say names of toys
  • recognize familiar pictures
  • carry something while walking
  • feed themselves with a spoon
  • play independently
  • turn 2-3 pages at a time
  • like to imitate their parents
  • identify hair, eyes, ears and nose by pointing
  • build a tower of four blocks
  • show affection

3 Years
At three years of age, most children:

  • walk up steps (alternating feet)
  • ride a tricycle
  • put on their shoes
  • open door
  • turn one page at a time
  • play with other children for a few minutes
  • repeat common rhymes
  • use three-to-five-word sentences
  • name at least one color correctly
  • are toilet trained

If your child is having trouble doing some of these things, it may put your mind at rest to talk to someone. Early help makes a difference! Talk with your pediatrician or call People Inc.'s Early Intervention Program, (716) 874-5600.

Information courtesy of NYS Department of Health

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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