Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.
- May stand alone.
- Cruises, walking while holding onto furniture.
- May walk unsupported.
- Squats and stoops.
- May climb chairs, counters, tables, and the like.
- Holds a spoon.
- Puts blocks in and out of small box.
- Stacks a few blocks.
- May undress self.
- Feeds self with fingers.
- Establishes sense of self and sense of others.
- Remembers events for longer time.
- Imitates people who may not be present.
- Searches for hidden objects.
- Understands and obeys short commands: "Give it to mumma," "Bring me the bottle," "Wave bye-bye."
Social And Emotional Development
- Expresses and recognizes many emotions.
- Develops sense of humor.
- May throw temper tantrums.
- Alternates short periods of independence with bouts of intense clinging.
- Still exhibits stranger anxiety.
- Wants to do things without help.
- Loves an audience.
- May have intense separation anxiety.
- Says several words beyond mama and dada.
- May babble short sentences.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.