Early Childhood Birth-2 Year Old Development

Most parents wonder at times if their child is growing and developing like other children the same age. If you are concerned that your child is growing or learning at a slower rate than other children, help is available through the Early Development Network and your local school district. Contact your local school superintendent or the Early Development Network (1-800-531-9316) if you would like more information.

All children develop at different rates. Here are some guidelines for you to see how your child is developing:

3 months

  • Lift head and chest when laying on stomach
  • Follow a moving object or person with my eyes
  • Grasp a rattle or finger
  • Wiggle and kick my legs
  • Smile back at people
  • Make cooing or babbling sounds
  • Cry in different ways to tell you what I need

6 months

  • Hold my head up and look all around
  • Recognize familiar faces and smile at you
  • Coo, giggle and make lots of sounds
  • Push up on my hands and knees
  • Roll from my back to stomach and from my stomach to back
  • Love to be held and cuddled
  • Search (look) for sounds and turn head towards sound

9 months

  • Sit up without much help
  • Begin to pull myself up and stand with help
  • Crawl or scoot myself forward
  • Use my thumb and finger together to pick up little things
  • Recognize and look for familiar people
  • Start to imitate and make sounds like real words (momma, dada)
  • Love to dump toys or things out of containers

12 months

  • Stand alone holding on to furniture
  • Walk along the furniture while holding on
  • Take beginning steps towards walking alone
  • Say a few meaningful words
  • Point to a few objects when asked to find them
  • Dance or bounce to music
  • Respond to own name
  • Want parents or caregivers to always be where I can see them
  • Show fear or anxiety of people I don’t know

18 months

  • Walk without help
  • Climb up and down on things
  • Stand up and sit down without holding on
  • Like to push, pull, and take things apart
  • Begin to show a “temper” when I can’t do something I want
  • Understand simple one step directions
  • Use more meaningful single words and gestures
  • Use words together
  • “Cling” to caretakers in new situations

2 years

  • Walk, run, and climb without help
  • Go up and down stairs without holding on
  • Love to use the word “no”
  • Have frequent temper outbursts, when I’m made, tired, or upset
  • Put two and three words together in simple sentences
  • Use about 50 words frequently
  • Sing songs or say rhymes
  • Feed myself and drink from a cup without a lid
  • Resist sharing my toys with other children

For additional information about infant and toddler development or activities to encourage your child’s development visit one of these websites:

http://www.bornlearning.org

http://www.zerotothree.org

http://www.nde.state.ne.us/ECH

http://www.nde.state.ne.us/ech/books.html

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