Your Child's Development

As children grow from infants to toddlers, parents will develop expectations about what their child "should" be doing at any particular age.

All babies are unique and will develop at their own pace so it is important not to compare your child to other children his or her age.

These are some of the skills you can expect to see:

Between birth and three months

  • Tracks moving objects with their eyes
  • Grasps objects placed in palm
  • Bats objects with hand
  • Brings head up while on tummy
  • Coos, gurgles, grunts and squeals

Between three and six months

  • Reaches and grasps toys
  • Puts toys in mouth
  • Brings hands together at midline
  • Sits with minimal support
  • Bangs and shakes toys
  • Rolls, front to back and back to front

Between six and nine months

  • Sits independently
  • Picks up and lets go purposefully
  • Pulls a string
  • Bangs two toys together
  • Uncovers a hidden toy
  • Activates cause and effect toys
  • Four point crawls
  • Pulls to standing

Between nine and 12 months

  • Points to items and pictures
  • Puts objects in containers
  • Gets into and out of sitting and standing
  • Imitates fun sounds and first words
  • Picks up and throws objects
  • Cruises furniture
  • Scribbles on paper

Between 12 and 18 months

  • Scoops and shovels
  • Pushes small wheeled toy
  • Fits shaped pegs into correct spots
  • Rolls ball in a given direction
  • Stacks 2-3 blocks
  • Turns pages in a thick book
  • Walks independently
  • Crawls up and down stairs, on and off furniture

Eighteen months to two years

  • Stacks up to 5 blocks
  • Throws objects
  • Matches objects with pictures of the same thing
  • Points to named pictures
  • Runs
  • Talks to doll and/or toy animal
  • Imitates actions of parents and siblings (symbolic play)
  • Names body parts on dolls and self

If you think your child is experiencing a developmental delay, Niagara Region Public Health has a service that your family may be eligible for called Infant and Child Development Services Niagara.

Contact the Parent Talk Line for more information about the program.

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