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More Major Milestones in Early Childhood

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It may seem like your infant will always be your little baby, but in reality, they will grow up quicker than you even realize! One way you can track your baby’s development is through milestones. There are certain milestones at certain ages you can expect to see during your child’s early development. In our previous blog, we started to go over major milestones to look for. In this blog, we will continue the list.

10-12 Month Milestones

Physical Development Milestones

  • They will pull on furniture to stand up
  • They will be able to stand and take steps by themselves
  • They will be able to move seamlessly between different positions to explore their environment
  • They will be able to maintain balance while throwing objects
  • They will clap their hands
  • They will release objects into containers
  • They will pick up small objects with their thumb and pointer finger

Sensory Milestones

  • They will listen to music
  • They will explore toys with their fingers and their mouth
  • They will crawl towards things they see in the distance

Communication Milestones

  • They will use “mama” and/or “dada” to address their parents
  • They will respond to simple directions
  • They will use long strings of babbling to communicate
  • They will be able to say a couple of words
  • They will imitate speech
  • Their babbling will sound like speech
  • They will pay attention when you point or look at something
  • They will respond to “No”
  • They will use hand signals to communicate what they need or want

Eating Milestones

  • They will be able to feed themselves with their fingers
  • They will eat a wider variety of foods
  • They will begin to use a cup without a sippy lid
  • They will be able to eat certain solid foods, like soft fruits and veggies
  • They may be able to feed themselves with utensils
  • They will enjoy more variety in taste and smell

13-18 Month Milestones

Physical Development Milestones

  • They will be able to walk by themselves
  • They will be able to squat down to pick up a toy
  • They will be able to stack objects

Sensory Milestones

  • They will be able to help you dress and undress them
  • They will sleep on a regular schedule
  • They will eat a wider variety of foods

Communication Milestones

By 15 months:

  • They may be able to use 5 to 10 words
  • They will be able to combine sounds and gestures
  • They will be able to imitate words and actions
  • They will consistently follow directions
  • They will be interested in pictures
  • They will be able to identify a couple of body parts
  • They will understand around 50 words

By 18 months:

  • They will be able to respond to questions
  • They will be able to repeat words
  • They will babble in a speech-like pattern
  • They will be able to point out people and toys they are familiar with
  • They will understand the concepts of “in” versus “on”
  • They will be able to shake or nod their head in response to questions

Feeding Milestones

  • They will be able to eat chopped foods
  • They will hold and be able to drink from an open cup

19-24 Month Milestones

Communication Milestones

By 21 Months:

  • They will be able to use at minimum 50 words
  • They will consistently imitate words
  • They will name pictures and objects
  • They will understand pronouns
  • They will be able to identify three to five body parts
  • They will be able to understand new words more quickly

By 24 months:

  • They will start to use two-word phrases
  • They will use pronouns such as me and you
  • They will understand verbs
  • They will use words and gestures when playing pretend
  • They will be able to follow two-step related directions (“get your coat and hang it up”)
  • They will like being read to

2 – 3 Year Milestones

Communication Milestones

By 30 months:

  • They will consistently use two to three word phrases
  • They will use prepositions
  • They will be able to speak in such a way that at least half of their words are understood
  • They will be able to follow two-step unrelated directions (“give me your toy and go grab your coat”)
  • They will understand the difference between “mine” and “yours”
  • They will understand basic nouns

By 36 months:

  • They will be able to ask “where” and “what questions”
  • They will pluralize words
  • They will be most understandable
  • They will be able to understand basic concepts such as time and space
  • They will understand “why” questions and most simple sentences

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