Developmental Checklists Every Parent Should Know


All children develop at different paces. Not all children walk at a certain age or say their first word at a certain age. If you have any concerns regarding the growth of your child, New York City has Early Intervention to help you. The Early Intervention Program is a program designed to provide services to those children, from birth to three, who are not meeting developmental milestones. It is a program based on the developmental needs of the children and not one based on income. Areas of concern include: physical development (both fine and gross motor), language development (both receptive and expressive), cognitive development, social emotional development and self-help development. Call 311 and ask for Early Intervention.

Use the following as a guide to your child’s development. Again, keep in mind all children develop differently!

By 3 Months

  • Moves eyes in the same direction
  • Makes cooing sounds
  • Grasps toys
  • Kicks arms and legs
  • Lifts head and chest when on stomach
  • Smiles

By 6 Months

  • Imitates vocalizing
  • Turns to voice
  • Rolls over
  • Reaches (each hand)
  • Cuddles

By 12 Months

  • Stands alone (2 seconds)
  • Bangs two blocks
  • Says Mama/Dada
  • Responds to “NO”
  • Waves bye-bye

By 18 Months

  • Imitates household chores (sweeping)
  • Says 4 words besides Mama/Dada
  • Points to one body part
  • Scribbles

By 2 Years

  • Kicks a ball forward
  • Combines two words
  • Points to 6 named body parts
  • Names 1 animal picture
  • Takes off clothing (other than hat)

By 3 Years

  • Can hold 2 – 3 word sentence conversation
  • Names 4 animal pictures
  • Knows 2 animal actions (which flies, meows, etc.)
  • Understands what to do When tired, hungry, cold
  • Imitates a vertical line
  • Washes and dries hands