Birth to Six Months

  • Responds to sounds
  • Looks at faces
  • Reaches for objects
  • Sits with some support

6 to 12 Months

  • Sits independently
  • Crawls and begins to pull to stand
  • Responds to name
  • Babbles, says “dada” or “mama”

12 to 18 Months

  • Walks 5 steps without falling
  • Begins using words
  • Points or gestures to show wants
  • Builds a tower using 3 cubes

18 to 24 Months

  • Uses 2-word sentences
  • Points to 3 body parts
  • Sits in chair without falling
  • Refers to self by name

24 to 36 Months

  • Jumps with feet together
  • Imitates drawing lines and circles
  • Completes simple puzzles
  • Follows 2-step directions

This is a partial list of developmental milestones. For a complete list, or if you have questions regarding your child’s development, consult your child’s physician or the Early Intervention Program at 908-788-6398, extension 1.

In addition, a great resource is the American Academy of Pediatrics, visit


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