Infants

The term 'developmental milestones' can be used to describe the typical activities and achievements observed in babies, toddlers and young children within specific age ranges.

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN YOUR INFANT INCLUDE:

NEWBORN TO THREE MONTHS

  • Crying when hungry, tired or over-stimulated
  • Smiling by around five to seven weeks
  • Sucking, grasping and kicking legs by around eight weeks
  • Waving hands towards objects by around three months

THREE TO SIX MONTHS

  • Interested in surroundings and people by around four months
  • Rolling over from front to back between four and six months
  • Lifting head and chest when lying on their tummy
  • Toppling over when brought to sitting position

SIX TO NINE MONTHS

  • Picking up objects with thumb and fingers
  • Sitting for a few moments when placed in the sitting position
  • Pulling themselves along the floor and may be crawling
  • Sociable although often wary of strangers

NINE TO TWELVE MONTHS

  • Sitting for longer periods
  • Pulling themselves up to stand and walking whilst holding onto furniture
  • Eating (playing with) finger foods in the high chair
  • More clingy and wary of strangers
  • Forming social relationships with family

ONE TO THREE YEARS

  • Walking by around 15 months, usually running by two years
  • Climbing, starting to kick a ball by two to three years
  • Energetic and sociable but may have difficulty sharing
  • Language developing into sentences