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Child Development Checklist: Birth to Three

This checklist will help you to know what you can expect your child to be doing for the next three years. If you have a concern, call your physician or local Early Intervention Program.

The early years of a child's life are very important. During the infant and toddler years (0-3), children grow quickly and have so much to learn. Some children and families face special challenges and may need extra help. Early Help Makes A Difference!

3 Months At three months of age, most babies: Turn their heads toward bright colors and lights.

6 Months 12 Months 18 Months At six months At twelve At 1-1/2 of age, most months of age, years of age, babies: most babies: most babies: Follow moving objects with their eyes. Sit without support. Like to pull, push and dump things Follow simple directions ("bring the ball"). Pull off shoes, socks and mittens.

24 Months At two years of age, most babies:

36 Months At three years of age, most babies:

Use two-to-three- Walk up steps word sentences. (alternating feet). Say names of toys. Ride a tricycle.

Move both eyes in Turn toward the Pull to a the same source of normal standing direction. sound. position. Recognize bottle or breast. React to sudden sounds or voices. Make cooing sounds. Make fists with both hands. Reach for Drink from a objects and pick cup. them up. Switch toys from Crawl. one hand to another. Play with their toes. Help hold the bottle during feeding.

Recognize familiar Put on their pictures. shoes. Open a door.

Like to look at Carry something pictures. while walking. Feed themselves with a spoon. Play independently.

Play peek-a-boo Feed and patty cake. themselves. Wave bye-bye. Make marks on paper with crayons. Walk without help.

Turn one page at a time. Play with other children for a few minutes.

Grasp toys or hair. Recognize familiar faces.

Hold out their arms and legs while being dressed. Put objects in a container. Stack two blocks. Know five or six words.

Turn 2-3 pages at Repeat common a time. rhymes.

Wiggle and kick with arms and legs. Lift head and chest when on stomach. Smile.


Step off a low object and keep balance.

Like to imitate their parents. Identify hair, eyes, ears and nose by pointing. Build a tower of four blocks. Show affection.

Use three to five-word sentences. Name at least one color correctly. Are toilet trained.

Revised: April 2006



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