Newborn Milestones

There are dramatic variations between children in the achievement of milestones, and failing to reach a milestone does not mean that a child is abnormal, but such a child should be carefully assessed.

  • 3 to 4 weeks – Follows object with eyesNewborn milestones infographic
  • 3 to 8 weeks – Smiles at parents
  • 4 to 6 weeks – Raises head when lying on belly
  • 2 to 3 months – Chuckles, squeals, gurgles or laughs
  • 2 to 4 months – Holds head up when sitting on knee
  • 2 to 4 months – Rolls from lying on belly to back
  • 4 to 6 months – Rolls from lying on back to belly
  • 5 to 6 months – Puts things in mouth
  • 5 to 8 months – Passes things from one hand to the other
  • 6 to 8 months – Sits without support
  • 6 to 8 months – Reaches out to be picked up
  • 6 to 8 months – Recognises own name
  • 7 to 10 months – Stands holding on
  • 7 to 10 months – Claps hands
  • 7 to 12 months – Waves good-bye
  • 7 to 12 months – Says Mama or Dada appropriately
  • 8 to 10 months – Uses thumb and finger to pick up objects
  • 8 to 10 months – Tries to pull self up to standing position
  • 8 to 12 months – Crawls
  • 9 to 14 months – Walks with one hand held
  • 10 to 12 months – Understands simple commands
  • 10 to 14 months- Says recognisable word(s) other than Mama or Dada
  • 11 to 18 months – Walks unaided
  • 12 to 16 months – Holds cup and drinks unaided
  • 14 to 18 months – Feeds self with spoon
  • 17 to 24 months – Puts two words together logically
  • 17 to 40 months – Stays dry during day
  • 14 to 20 months – Runs
  • 16 to 27 months – Build a tower of four bricks
  • 18 to 30 months – Speaks short sentences
  • 22 to 36 months – Draw a straight line
  • 23 to 42 months – Knows first and last names
  • 24 to 36 months – Pedal a tricycle
  • 30 to 40 months – Talks in full sentences
  • 30 to 44 months – Names a colour
  • 30 to 60 months – Stays dry at night
  • 30 to 60 months – Dresses without help
  • 36 to 60 months – Draws a rough likeness of a person
  • 38 to 60 months – Eats with knife and fork
  • 42 to 66 months – Catch a gently bounced ball
  • 48 to 70 months – Hops on one leg
  • 48 to 72 months – Can define seven words

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