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Child Growth Milestone

3 Months

  • Physical
  • Legs not yet strong enough for holding weight when standing.
  • Will hold rattle for a few moments, but cannot usually look at it, at the same time.
  • Can hold head up for several seconds.
  • Head and chest lifts when lying on tummy.
  • Rests weight on hands.
  • Grabs at surface with hands.
  • Hands open.
  • Arm movements are symmetrical.
  • Movements generally smoother.


  • Intellectual
  • Visually alert, and follows adults with eyes, moves head.
  • Shows eagerness when offered milk.
  • Hand play.
  • Loves to look at hands.
  • Presses palms together, and clasps hands.


  • Language
  • Stops crying to sound of rattle.
  • Makes noises when happy.
  • Turns head to sound.
  • Will suck lips at sounds of feed preparation.


  • Emotional
  • Shows excitement at sounds, which he likes. Running bath water etc.
  • Quietens to sound of familiar voice.
  • Shows pleasure when handled, and talked to.
  • Shows distress at loud noises.


  • Social
  • Stares at parent or carer when being fed.
  • Reacts happily to familiar situations.
  • Enjoys bath and other routine activities.
  • Smiles.

6 Months

  • Physical
  • Moves arms purposefully.
  • Lifts head and chest up higher now, when lying on tummy.
  • Rests weight on outstretched arms and flat palms.
  • Will pull himself to sit when hands are held.
  • Will lift head up when lying on back.
  • Plays with feet when lying on back.
  • Sits upright supported.
  • Kicks legs alternately.
  • Will take weight on legs when held. Bounces. Rolls over.


  • Intellectual
  • Forgets about toy if hidden.
  • Stares at toys within reach, and grabs toy with both hands.
  • Occasionally uses one.
  • More alert now and eagerly watches people in the room.
  • Uses whole hand to hold toys. Palmar grasp.
  • Passes toy from hand to hand. Watches toy fall.


  • Language
  • Starts to make tuneful double or single syllable sounds, eg 'muh-muh'.
  • Laughs to self while playing, also screams with delight and with irritation.
  • Turns to where familiar voice comes from. Listens to voice.


  • Emotional
  • Manipulates toys very well. Watches them at the same time.
  • Loves rattles and will grab for one when offered.
  • Then shakes it deliberately.
  • Holds hands up to be lifted.
  • Touches breast or bottle when being fed.


  • Social
  • Becomes unfriendly to strangers at about 7 months.
  • Is still friendly with strangers unless startled or familiar adult isn't there.
  • Loves 'Rough and Tumble' play.

9 Months

  • Physical
  • Rolls along, wriggles and may crawl.
  • Leans forward to pick up a toy easily.
  • Attempts to walk along when hands are held.
  • Pulls to standing. But will not be able to lower himself back down.
  • Falls down.
  • Sits up unsupported.


  • Intellectual
  • Recognises names.
  • Starts to master pincer grasp (holds small objects between thumb and forefinger).
  • Points at books and pictures.
  • Still learns about objects by putting them into mouth.
  • Drops toy deliberately but cannot actually place it down.
  • Laughs before action toys pop up remembering the action, Splashes in bath deliberately.


  • Language
  • Babbles away to self, in melodically repetitive syllables, eg 'Mamamama'.
  • Copies simple sounds.
  • Shouts for attention, waits and repeats.
  • Knows the meaning of 'bye' and 'NO!'
  • Learning to communicate through sounds.


  • Emotional
  • Starts to be wilful and have tantrums.
  • Likes to watch surroundings while being carried.
  • Interested in everything.
  • Very alert on walks.
  • Has favourite toys.


  • Social
  • Offers toys to adults, but only drops toy into hand. Cannot place.
  • Recognises family members.
  • Copies facial expressions.
  • Loves peek-a-boo, and may join in.
  • Offers toys to adults, but only drops toy into hand. Cannot place.
  • Clingy to familiar adult, and unfriendly to strangers.
  • Watches with continued interest for a few minutes.

12 Months

  • Call the child by his name
  • Make the child sit as long as possible, giving support to the pelvis
  • Give him pieces of paper to tear
  • Encourage him to roll over his tummy by showing him colorful toys on one side

15 Months

  • Make the child stand by holding on to the furniture
  • Encourage the child to clap his hands
  • Give him small container & ask to drop small things into it
  • Encourage him to produce monosyllables
  • Show him picture books & assist to turn pages

2 Years

  • Let the child play with other children
  • Name the body parts while bathing him
  • Take the child on a walk & show him different animals & birds
  • Do simple actions like clapping ,bye-bye & copying these actions.
  • Encourage him to pull to stand by holding on to furniture
  • Make the child sit in front of a mirror so that he can see himself

2½ Years

  • Give picture books to the child.talk about what you see & let him turn the pages
  • Ask him to put cubes one over the other
  • Ask him to put things into the contair & then take out things out of the containter
  • Hide a small toy under a cloth.encourage the baby to find the hidden toy
  • Ask the child to scribble by drawing a few lines

3 Years

  • Give picture books to the child.talk about what you see & let him turn the pages
  • Ask him to put cubes one over the other
  • Ask him to put things into the contair & then take out things out of the containter
  • Hide a small toy under a cloth.encourage the baby to find the hidden toy
  • Ask the child to scribble by drawing a few lines

4 Years

  • Give picture books to the child.talk about what you see & let him turn the pages
  • Ask him to put cubes one over the other
  • Ask him to put things into the contair & then take out things out of the containter
  • Hide a small toy under a cloth.encourage the baby to find the hidden toy
  • Ask the child to scribble by drawing a few lines

5 Years

  • Give picture books to the child.talk about what you see & let him turn the pages
  • Ask him to put cubes one over the other
  • Ask him to put things into the contair & then take out things out of the containter
  • Hide a small toy under a cloth.encourage the baby to find the hidden toy
  • Ask the child to scribble by drawing a few lines

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