Family Resources

Debra and Linda are committed to fostering relationships with families, playing an active role in collaborating with each team member to ensure that they have the resources and tools they need to support the child and the family.

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES  are  behaviors exhibited by most children at a certain age.  There are four basic categories, physical, cognitive, social-emotional and communication. Milestones typically take place within a certain period of time, however, every child is unique and behaviors are not achieved within the exact window. This guide is an outline of typical behaviors.

0 – 3 months

      • Natural reflexes of sucking and grasping
      • Follow familiar people with their eyes
      • Expresses pleasure when seeing faces, smile at people
      • React to sounds by turning their heads; make cooing and gurgling sounds
      • Looks at patterns
      • Discover self-calming techniques such as sucking on their hands
      • Become fussy or cry when bored or uncomfortable
      • Open and close their hands
      • Raise their head up and begin to push up with their hands when lying on stomach
      • Kick and stretch their arms and legs actively

3 – 6 Months

  • Babbling, copy sounds , laughs out loud
  • Vocalizes different cries/sounds to get attention, express tiredness/ hunger
  • Initiate facial expressions such as smiling and frowning
  • Develop eyehand coordination by reaching for things
  • Play more often and possibly get cranky when playtime is over
  • Begin to recognize things and people from a distance
  • Uses both hands to grasp objects
  • Holds head up when held in a sitting position
  • Rolls over
  • Lifts knees to crawl

6 – 9 months

  • Developing stranger anxiety
  • Developing eye/hand coordination
  • Responds to words
  • May push things away
  • Transfers from hand to hand
  • Will drops objects
  • Mouths everything
  • Sits unassisted
  • Emerging crawling, climbing stairs

9 – 12 months

  • Show fear or react negatively to strangers
  • Cry when their mother or father leaves the room
  • Demonstrate favorites especially with toys
  • Understand the meaning of the word
  • Try to make sounds that resemble mama and baba
  • Shake their heads to mean  “No”
  • Motion bye-bye with their hand
  • Look for things you hide and plays peekaboo
  • Assist in dressing by extending their limbs
  • Use thumb and index finger to pick up small objects such a cereal
  • Crawls
  • Stand with support on a stable object or person

12 – 18 months

  • Looks at the person who is talking
  • Develop temper tantrums
  • Explore their surroundings
  • Eat from a spoon and drink from a cup
  • Point at others to get their attention
  • Hands objects to others
  • Single word vocabulary increases
  • Play simple games
  • Pull and push items
  • Match Shapes
  • Have ability to walk on their own and begins to run

18 – 24 months

  • Copy the actions of others.  Parallel plays
  • Names objects
  • Recite well know stories
  • Can follow simple directions
  • Imitates words–understands more than what can be expressed
  • Puts together 3-4 word sentences
  • Develops cause and effect relationships
  • Will sort shapes and colors
  • Turns pages of a book
  • Stacks two to three blocks
  • Walks backwards
  • Climbs onto chairs

24 – 36 months

  • Displays affection for family and friends
  • Develops interest in peers, but has difficulty sharing
  • Developing self-control, wants to please
  • Imitates own play activity and is content to play alone
  • May develop sense of fear towards objects or characters
  • Will hold a conversation
  • Will feed self
  • Takes apart objects and puts them back together
  • Increased eye/hand coordination
  • Likes to dress/undress self
  • Developed muscle control
  • Throws and kicks a ball

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, please contact Linda or Debra at office@nurturingtots.com.