Childrens Developmental Milestones

Childrens Developmental Milestones




The following brief list may help you to notice any delays or abnormalities in your child’s progress and prompt you to have them checked by a suitably qualified health care provider:


0-3 months:

  • not smiling by 8 weeks
  • not calming down, at least for a little while, when picked up
  • being unusually floppy or stiff
  • having different muscle tone or strength in an arm and leg on one side compared with the other side
  • having unusually ‘good’ head control due to stiff muscles
  • always holding fingers in a tight fist
  • not startled by sudden noises
  • having feeding problems beyond ‘normal’ range – find out more from your Child and Family Health nurse
  • crying for long periods, or ongoing problems settling
  • being unusually ‘good’ and not demanding
  • not watching your face when you speak to them by 3 months
  • not making sounds other than crying by 3 months.imagesJJ3UBF32

3-6 months:

  • don’t seem interested in things around them
  • don’t show delight in being with people
  • don’t seem to know parents or other familiar people.
  • don’t enjoy looking at people and bright objects
  • don’t enjoy watching people do things
  • don’t react to familiar things by smiling, cooing and excited movements
  • don’t turn their head to moderate sounds such as a normal speaking voice by 3 months
  • don’t look at their own hands and play with their fingers by 3 months.


6-9 months:

  • don’t open hands or straighten fingers
  • don’t kick legs
  • arms and legs are bent most of the time
  • don’t use both hands and both legs equally well
  • don’t follow activities with eyes
  • don’t make eye contact with people
  • don’t turn to look for you when you speak
  • not startled by loud noises
  • unhappy or unsettled most of the time.
  • don’t make lots of little voice sounds such as squeals or grunts
  • don’t take turns when ‘talking’ with parents
  • don’t turn their head towards a person talking by 5 months.crawl1


9-12 months:

  • don’t show pleasure when seeing people they know well
  • don’t make eye contact
  • cannot be comforted by a parent or close carer.
  • not starting to move around by any means
  • don’t show an interest in or reach for objects
  • don’t recognise parent or main carer
  • not interested in surroundings or new objects.
  • don’t look at and feel objects before taking them to their mouth
  • can’t hold food such as a biscuit and feed themselves
  • can’t hold a cup to drink from
  • can’t pick up items with their thumb and one finger
  • won’t bang objects together for pleasure
  • can’t roll from their back to their tummy
  • can’t sit for several minutes without using their hands for support
  • don’t stretch up arms to be picked up
  • don’t give cuddles
  • don’t copy gestures such as waving
  • don’t recognise “YES” and “NO” and move their head accordingly
  • don’t use more than 3 words


By 12 months:

  • can’t pull themselves up on a lounge chair
  • can’t side step around the chair whilst holding on
  • can’t push a small trolley along in a straight linewalkbaby


By 18 months:

  • don’t show preference for people they know well
  • don’t seem to like cuddles.
  • can’t walk – at first with feet wide apart, but as balance improves, walk with feet closer together and straighter
  • can’t walk downstairs while holding your hand
  • can’t climb on to low furniture
  • can’t place objects such as 3 small blocks on top of each other
  • can’t use a spoon right side up
  • can’t scribble with a pencil
  • can’t turn pages of a book
  • won’t try to kick a large ball if shown how
  • can’t pick up small objects.


































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