Expected Developmental Milestones

As everyone knows, children develop at different rates. Here are things your child should be able to do at each age. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us at (402)462-4187 ext. 122 if inside our coverage area. If outside of our coverage area contact Nebraska CHILDFIND at 1-800-782-7850 ext 122.

By Three Months Old Infants Can:

  • Lift Head and chest when lying on my stomach
  • Follow a moving object or person with my eyes
  • Grasp a rattle or finger
  • Wiggle and kick my legs
  • Smile back at people
  • Making cooing or babbling sounds
  • Cry in different ways to tell you what I need

My Family Can:

  • Give me different and interesting things to look at
  • Provide me with big soft and safe toys to explore with my mouth
  • Hold me when feeding me a bottle
  • Follow my natural schedule for sleeping and feeding
  • Comfort me by talking in a soft soothing voice
  • Cuddle and hold me frequently

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Let me sleep 14 to 17 hours each day
  • Follow the Doctor's directions on what to feed me
  • I should not to go sleep in my bed with a bottle
  • Protect my skin and eyes from direct sunlight
  • Put me on my back to sleep
  • Place me securely in the back seat in a safe car seat that fits me
  • Wipe my gums with a soft cloth each day
  • Have my hearing screened before I am three months old
  • Help me support my head and neck when you hold me upright
  • Follow the Doctor's schedule for well baby check-ups

By 6 Months Old Infants Can:

  • Hold my head up and look all around
  • Recognize familiar faces and smile at you
  • Coo, giggle and make lots of sounds
  • Push up on my hands and knees
  • Roll from my back to stomach and from my stomach to back
  • Love to be held and cuddled
  • Search (look) for sounds, turn head toward sound

My Family Can:

  • Baby-Proof everything
  • Let me nap two or three times a day
  • Look at colorful books with me
  • Rock, hold and cuddle me frequently
  • Talk to me and play with me
  • Give me colorful and safe toys to touch and hold

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Don't leave me alone on things I can roll off of
  • Continue to feed me what the Doctor has advice (juice and iron-fortified cereal may be recommended)
  • My first teeth are starting to come in
  • Cool, non-liquid-filled teething ring may provide teething comfort
  • Fluoride is important for my new teeth
    -Check with our Dentist
  • Soft sounds will get my attention
  • Keep me protected from Sunshine
  • Continue to use my car seat in the back seat of the car

By 9 Months Infants Can:

  • Sit up without much help
  • Begin to pull myself up and stand with help
  • Crawl or scoot myself forward
  • Use my thumb and finger together to pick up little objects
  • Recognize and look for familiar people
  • Start to imitate and make sounds like real words (Momma, Dada)
  • Love to dump toys or things out of containers

My Family Can:

  • Play simple games like Peek-a-boo, all done and so big
  • Sing and read to me
  • Give me a safe place to move all around
  • Help me stand upright
  • Give me toys that do things, push, pull or make noise
  • Help me learn to trust and feel secure by responding to my cries and sounds
  • Know basic first aid and CPR

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Let me sleep 14 to 17 hours each day
  • Follow the Doctor's directions on what to feed me
  • I should not to go sleep in my bed with a bottle
  • Protect my skin and eyes from direct sunlight
  • Put me on my back to sleep
  • Place me securely in the back seat in a safe car seat that fits me
  • Wipe my gums with a soft cloth each day
  • Have my hearing screened before I am three months old
  • Help me support my head and neck when you hold me upright
  • Follow the Doctor's schedule for well baby check-ups

By 12 Months old Infants Can:

  • Stand Alone holding on to furniture
  • "Cruise" around holding on
  • Take beginning steps toward walking alone
  • Say a few meaningful words
  • Point to a few objects when asked to find
  • Dance or bounce to music
  • Respond to my very own name
  • Want my parents or care-givers to always be where I can find them
  • Show fear or anxiety of people I do not know

My Family Can:

  • Be consistent with my schedule for sleeping and feeding
  • Help me learn what I shouldn't do by saying "No" in a firm but quiet voice.
  • Show me what I can do, move me away or give me something else to touch
  • Let me carry a special toy or blanket to feel secure
  • Let me play and move around in a variety of safe places, inside and outside
  • Play with me, sing to me, read to me, talk to me

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Feed me three meals a day and several healthy snacks in between
  • Help me to use a cup to drink milk and water
  • Let me feed myself. I'll be messy
  • Keep me in your sight at all times
  • I should walk or crawl smoothly across shadows or areas that look different
  • Continue to use a car seat (in the back seat) approved for my size
  • Brush my teeth daily with a soft toothbrush and water
  • Take me to by first Dental visit
  • My eyes should be clear, not watery or red
  • Re-baby-proof the house for me walking and climbing

By 18 Months Old Toddlers Can:

  • Walk without help
  • Climb up or down on things
  • Stand up and sit down without holding on
  • Like to push, pull and take things apart
  • Begin to show a temper when I can't do something I want
  • Understand simple one-step directions
  • Use more meaningful single words, use gestures and words together
  • "Cling" to caretakers in new situations

My Family Can:

  • Let me play alone but within sight of familiar people for a few minutes at a time
  • Be consistent with my feeding, napping and bedtime routines
  • Divert me from doing things I should not
  • Show me what I can do and use very simple one-step directions
  • Hold me and read simple stories
  • Teach me simple songs, sing them over and over
  • At bath time, point to and name some of my body parts as you wash

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Wash my hands well before I eat
  • Expect I can get into many things and places, toddler proof inside and outside
  • Never leave me near any water source even for a minute or two
  • Keep me within your sight when you are on the phone
  • I can be a picky eater, offer choices of new foods but don't force me to try
  • Don't pretend that medicine or vitamins are "candy" or a treat
  • Brush my teeth daily, toothpaste may be needed so check with my Dentist.
  • My appetite may decrease, but I still need milk and water to drink
  • Offer me a variety of foods and let me choose

By 2 Years Old Toddlers Can:

  • Walk, run and climb without help
  • Go up and down stairs without holding on
  • Love to use the word "No"
  • Have frequent temper outbursts when I'm mad, tired or upset
  • Put two and three words together in simple sentences
  • Use about 50 or more words frequently
  • Sing songs or say rhymes
  • Feed myself and drink from a cup without a lid
  • Resist sharing my toys with other Children

My Family Can:

  • Talk to me about everyday things and help me learn new words
  • When we read, let me hold the book and turn the pages
  • Be calm and comforting after my temper outbursts, I need to know you still love me
  • Be consistent with what I can and cannot do
  • Show me what to do, use very simple directions
  • Catch me being good; encourage me many times during the day

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • Supervise me always in the tub or around any water
  • Keep me in a car seat that fits toddlers in the back seat of the car
  • Provide me with three small, balanced meals and healthy snacks each day
  • I may be a picky eater
  • I may have a regular time for a bowel movement each day and fewer wet diapers
  • Take me to the Dentist and check to make sure my teeth get enough fluoride
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters far away from where I can reach them
  • Play with me outside each day in good weather

By 3 Years Old Toddlers Can:

  • Jump up and down
  • Begin to pedal a riding toy
  • Throw a big ball and catch it
  • Sort two objects that match
  • Play with others and share toys sometimes
  • Talk in short sentences and try to tell you what I'm feeling
  • Ask what and why questions

My Family Can:

  • Help me put my toys away
  • Play imitation action games like "Simon Says"
  • Let me help with simple chores so I feel like a "Big Boy or Girl"
  • Model when to use Please, Thank You, and Sorry
  • Show me how to take off shoes, socks and pants
  • Talk to me about the things we are going to do or we have done during the day

Keep Me Healthy and Safe:

  • I may use the potty but still have accidents
  • I can wash and dry my hands myself before a meal and after going potty
  • Offer me three meals a day with small portions, sometimes I don't eat much
  • I like fruit and vegetables for snacks
  • Assist me with daily tooth brushing and use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • I'm ready for regular Dentist check-ups
  • I come when called from another room

If you would like more information about what milestones in your child's life, feel free to visit the Early Development Network's website and download their APP!

Additional Information

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