Infant & Toddler – Child Development

We offer curriculum and activities that develop the “whole child”. The following is a list that identifies Infant/Toddler Developmental Milestones.

Physical (Motor) Skills

  • 0-3 Months: Accomplishes controlling neck and head, follows objects with eyes, turns head in response to sound.
  • 3-6 Months: Discovers hands and feet and how they move.
  • 6-9 Months: Sitting up and grasping with fingers and thumbs.
  • 9-12 Months: Crawling, pulls up to standing position and walks around furniture.
  • 12-18 Months: Walking, putting toys in a can, pincer grasp.
  • 18-24 Months: Climbing stairs, scribbling, walking well, running and jumping.

Language (Communication) Skills

  • 0-3 Months: Cooing, gurgling, and crying
  • 3-6 Months: Uses different cries for different needs, laughs out loud.
  • 6-9 Months: Babbles to self a lot tries to repeat sounds like ”mama, dada, baba.”
  • 9-12 Months: Understands “no,” says a few real words.
  • 12-18 Months: Often speaks loudly because they like the sound of their own voice.
  • 18-24 Months: Says at least 50 words, combines two words, enjoys looking at simple books.

Cognitive (Thinking) Skills

  • 0-3 Months: Recognize faces and voices, adjusts to schedules, tracks objects with eyes.
  • 3-6 Months: Explores by mouthing and looking around, connects sight with sound.
  • 6-9 Months: Understands self as separate from others, fears that someone who is gone will never come back
  • 9-12 Months: Learning cause and effect behavior, learning that unseen objects continue to exist.
  • 12-18 Months: Understands fully “object permanence”, learns by experimenting and exploring.
  • 18-24 Months: Uses toys that can be pulled, likes to play “let’s pretend”.

Social-Emotional (Relationship) Skills

  • 0-3 Months: Smiling, turning away when bothered
  • 3-6 Months: Smiling, laughing, hugging, crying differently for each need, may cry when left alone because he now likes people.
  • 6-9 Months: Responds and socializes with special people, fears strangers, pushes away food or toys not liked.
  • 9-12 Months: Develops preference in people, becomes shy, feels hurt when scolded and likes being praised.
  • 12-18 Months: Explores while touching base (moves away to explore but returns often to touch or stand near adult for security).
  • 18-24 Months: Becomes disappointed easily, shows a sense of humor, does not share well and begins to play house.