Milestones

Your child is learning new ways to play, speak and move every day! It’s exciting to watch your baby grow up. Sometimes, though, you may have questions about what to expect at each stage of your child’s development. 

On this page, you’ll find information about some of the important milestones for your child’s age, how you can help your baby grow, and what to do if you have questions about your child’s development. 

What are some key milestones? 

 

While each child has their own special way of growing up, the milestones listed here are ones that your child should be doing at each age. If your child isn’t doing these things, be sure to ask a doctor or nurse for more information. Also, let them know if your child has stopped doing things that they were doing before.

2

months

  • Coos, makes sounds

  • Reacts to noises

  • Smiles

6

months

  • Rolls over back to tummy and tummy to back

  • Tries to reach for toys or moves their body to get things

  • Laughs and squeals

1

year

  • Says single words like ‘mama’ or ‘dada’

  • Shows interest in other children

  • Crawls

  • Shakes head ‘no’ and waves goodbye

2

years

  • Uses two-word phrases like ‘no go’

  • Knows what familiar things are used for (phone, spoon, toothbrush)

  • Points to objects or pictures when they’re named

4

years

  • Counts to five

  • Uses words like ‘happy’ or ‘big’ correctly

  • Sorts by color

  • Sings along to rhymes and songs

Questions or concerns about your child's development?

Call us. We will help!

If your child is 3 or under:

Baltimore Infants & Toddlers Program

410-396-1666

If your child is 3-21:

4

months

  • Watches things as they move

  • On tummy, turns head and looks forward

  • Brings hands to mouth

9

months

  • Passes things from one hand to the other

  • Points to objects using pointer finger

  • Responds to name

  • Picks things up between pointer finger and thumb

18

months

  • Says at least 6 words

  • Scribbles on own

  • Notices when a caregiver leaves

3

years

  • Understands words like ‘in’ or ‘under’

  • Uses sentences in conversations, such as ‘I want water’

  • Copies a circle when drawing

  • Shows concern for a crying friend

5

years

  • Tells a simple story

  • Able to cut, paste, and color

As a new, young mom, I honestly didn’t know what my son should be doing at each step of his life. It helps to know the milestones so I know if I should be concerned.

Baltimore City Public Schools

443-984-1011

Milestones Media Center

 
 

Questions or concerns about your baby’s development? Call us -- we can help!

Milestones Support Resources

Baltimore Infants & Toddlers Program

Call us if you have a question or concern about your child's development.

For children under 3 years.

410-396-1666

Baltimore City Public Schools Child Find

Call us if you need an assessment or special education services for your child.

For children 3-21 years old. 

410-984-1011

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