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Childhood Milestones: What To Expect and When

September 4, 2018 | Family Medicine

Though every child is different, childhood development tends to follow a pretty predictable path. Most children are crawling by nine months, walking by a year, speaking in short sentences by two, riding a tricycle by four and reciting name, address and phone number by five. Though you should avoid comparing your child’s development to that of another, you should keep track of when your child hits most of the big milestones. You should also keep an eye out for developmental delays so that you can discuss them with your doctor at your child’s next appointment.

Infant Milestones

Infants develop at a surprisingly quick rate. Though every infant will develop at his or her own pace, there are certain milestones you want to make sure that your baby meets. Below are a few milestones your infant should meet at one, three, four, seven, eight and 12 months:

First Month:

  • Create fists
  • Grasp at objects
  • Focus on objects eight to 12 inches away
  • Startle
  • Show behavioral responses to loud noises

Three Months:

  • Support head when lying on stomach
  • Grasp and shake toys
  • Swat at dangling objects
  • Follow moving objects with eyes
  • Turn head in the direction of a stimulus
  • Coo and smile at you

Four to Seven Months:

  • Roll over
  • Sit up without support
  • Support weight on legs (with your help)
  • Babble consonants
  • Laugh
  • Distinguish emotions by tone of voice
  • Locate partially hidden objects

Eight to 12 Months

  • Crawl
  • Push him or herself out of sitting position
  • Pull him or herself into a standing position
  • Hold a spoon
  • Turn pages in a book
  • Say “mama” or “dada”
  • Make exclamations
  • Play peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Imitate words

Toddler Milestones

Before you know it, your baby will be a rambunctious, playful toddler. At this stage, you will begin to notice your child’s unique personality shine through. There are important milestones that your toddler should meet at ages 18 months and two and three years old:

18 Months:

  • Walk independently
  • Say at least 15 words
  • Identify body parts

Two Years:

  • Run and jump
  • Speak at least 50 words
  • Play make-believe
  • Show defiance
  • Sort objects
  • Kick a ball

Three Years:

  • Climb
  • Speak in multi-sentence words
  • Complete simple puzzles
  • Pedal a tricycle
  • Say his or her first name
  • Take turns

Childhood Milestones

At this point, your child should demonstrate some level of independence and function without your help. Some things that your 4-to 5-year-old should be able to do include the following:

Four Years:

  • Answer simple questions
  • Cooperate with other children
  • Draw basic shapes
  • Print capital letters
  • Understand the idea of counting
  • Stand on one or two feet
  • Use scissors
  • Catch a ball

Five Years:

  • Understand rhyming
  • Use future tense
  • Use full and detailed sentences
  • State his or her full name
  • Follow rules
  • Be aware of his or her gender
  • Count 10 or more objects
  • Use the toilet

If you are concerned about your child’s development, share your concerns with your doctor. Though every child is different, your doctor can provide peace of mind or guidance on how to help your child succeed.


Revere Health’s family medical practice in Lehi has been serving families for more than 50 years with care for patients of all ages. We specialize in weight control, depression management, skin care, hormone replacement, cardiac conditions and cholesterol management, and we strive to provide our patients and their families with quality healthcare services.



“Infant Milestones.” John Mersch, MD, FAAP, eMedicineHealth.

“Child Development: Know What’s Ahead.” Mayo Clinic.

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