Little Gan Infant Center 

February 16, 2018 

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Listed below are some milestones to watch for:  


What most babies do at this age: 2 months 


Social and Emotional

 • Begins to smile at people 

 • Can briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)

 • Tries to look at parent


Language/Communication 

 • Coos, makes gurgling sounds

 • Turns head toward sounds


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) 

 • Pays attention to faces 

 • Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance

 • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change 


Movement/Physical Development 

 • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy

 • Makes smoother movements with arms and legs 


What most babies do at this age: 4 months 


Social and Emotional 

 • Smiles spontaneously, especially at people

 • Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops 

 • Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning


Language/Communication 

 • Begins to babble 

 • Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears

 • Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired 


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) 

 • Lets you know if she is happy or sad

 • Responds to affection 

 • Reaches for toy with one hand

 • Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it 

 • Follows moving things with eyes from side to side 

 • Watches faces closely 

 • Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance 


Movement/Physical Development 

 • Holds head steady, unsupported 

 • Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface 

 • May be able to roll over from tummy to back 

 • Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys 

 • Brings hands to mouth • When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbows 


What most babies do at this age: 6 months 


Social and Emotional 

 • Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger 

 • Likes to play with others, especially parents 

 • Responds to other people’s emotions and often seems happy 

 • Likes to look at self in a mirror 


Language/Communication 

 • Responds to sounds by making sounds 

 • Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds 

 • Responds to own name 

 • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure 

 • Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”) 


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) 

 • Looks around at things nearby

 • Brings things to mouth 

 • Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach

 • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other 


Movement/Physical Development

 • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front) 

 • Begins to sit without support 

 • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce 

 • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward


What most babies do at this age: 9 months 


Social and Emotional

 • May be afraid of strangers 

 • May be clingy with familiar adults

 • Has favorite toys 


Language/Communication

 • Understands “no” 

 • Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa” 

 • Copies sounds and gestures of others 

 • Uses fingers to point at things 


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) 

 • Watches the path of something as it falls

 • Looks for things he sees you hide 

 • Plays peek-a-boo

 • Puts things in her mouth 

 • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other

 • Picks up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index finger 


Movement/Physical Development 

 • Stands, holding on 

 • Can get into sitting position 

 • Sits without support 

 • Pulls to stand 

 • Crawls 


What most children do at this age: 12 months 


Social and Emotional 

 • Is shy or nervous with strangers 

 • Cries when mom or dad leaves 

 • Has favorite things and people 

 • Shows fear in some situations

 • Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story 

 • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention

 • Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing 

 • Plays games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake” 


Language/Communication

 • Responds to simple spoken requests 

 • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye” 

 • Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech) 

 • Says “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!” 

 • Tries to say words you say 


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

 • Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing 

 • Finds hidden things easily 

 • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named 

 • Copies gestures 

 • Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks from a cup, brushes hair 

 • Bangs two things together 

 • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container 

 • Lets things go without help

 • Pokes with index (pointer) finger 

 • Follows simple directions like “pick up the toy” 


Movement/Physical Development 

 • Gets to a sitting position without help 

 • Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture   (“cruising”)

 • May take a few steps without holding on

 • May stand alone