What to Expect - Pediatric Milestones

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your bun­dle of joy! It’s incred­i­ble to see the many changes your child has gone through in their first weeks and months of life. We know you’re excit­ed to see how they will con­tin­ue to grow in the months and years ahead. Your child’s reg­u­lar appoint­ments with their pedi­atric provider will allow them to become more famil­iar with each oth­er and build a close relationship. 

With each new month, brings new mile­stones for your lit­tle one. Here we share the most com­mon mile­stones through two years of age. 

Two-Month Pedi­atric Milestones 

  • Smile
  • Bring hands togeth­er in midline
  • Fix and fol­low with eyes
  • Grasp fin­ger

Four-Month Pedi­atric Milestones

  • Reach for objects
  • Laugh
  • Squeal
  • When prone (on stom­ach) get chest up with arm support

Six-Month Pedi­atric Milestones

  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Feed them­self crackers
  • Pick up small objects using a rake approach
  • Trans­fer objects
  • Bab­ble (repet­i­tive sounds)
  • Sit with­out support
  • Stand hold­ing onto object for support

Nine-Month Pedi­atric Milestones 

  • Show ini­tial anx­i­ety with stranger
  • Play pat-a-cake
  • Begin to pick up small objects using a pinch­er grip (fin­ger-thumb)
  • Imi­tate speech sounds
  • Get to a sit­ting posi­tion alone
  • Pull to a stand
  • Fur­ni­ture walk

12-Month Pedi­atric Milestones 

  • Walk
  • Drink from a cup
  • Play ball
  • Stoop and recover
  • Turn when name is called
  • Use pinch­er grasp to pick up small objects
  • Say Ma-Ma” or Da-Da”, spe­cif­ic to the person
  • Point to objects

15-Month Pedi­atric Milestones

  • Use a spoon by self 
  • Imi­tate housework 
  • Put small objects into large ones
  • Scrib­ble
  • Begin to use more words
  • Wave bye-bye

18-Month Pedi­atric Milestones

  • Remove cloth­ing
  • Know some body parts
  • Increase vocab­u­lary to 7 – 20 words
  • Climb stairs
  • Walk back­wards
  • Build a tow­er with blocks (two to four blocks)

24-Month Pedi­atric Milestones

  • Put on clothing
  • Imi­tate or draw ver­ti­cal lines
  • Com­bine two to three words
  • Jump
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Kick a ball 

Our pedi­a­tri­cians and fam­i­ly med­i­cine providers are here to guide you and your child every step of the way in their devel­op­ment. Keep in mind that every child is dif­fer­ent. At each appoint­ment, you and your pedi­a­tri­cian or fam­i­ly med­i­cine doc­tor will work togeth­er to under­stand how your baby is pro­gress­ing at each check-up. 

Sched­ule your child’s upcom­ing well-vis­it with one of our Duly Health and Care Pedi­a­tri­cians or Fam­i­ly Med­i­cine Doc­tors today > 

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