Development Guidelines

Development is predictable

Each baby goes through developmental stages. Here are some tips to help you decide if you should ask for help.

By 3 months of age, a child should:

  • Smile and make cooing sounds
  • Turn head toward light and bright color
  • Grasp rattle
  • Lift head and chest while on her stomach

By 6 months of age, a child should:

  • Follow moving objects with his eyes
  • Turn toward sounds
  • Roll from stomach to back
  • Recognize familiar faces

By 9 months of age, a child should:

  • Feed self a cracker
  • Play with speech sounds
  • Sit without support
  • Crawl on hands and knees

By 12 months of age, a child should:

  • Pull herself to a standing position
  • Drink from a cup
  • Use two or three words
  • Wave goodbye

By 18 months of age, a child should:

  • Imitate housework
  • Point to one body part when named
  • Walk well
  • Place objects in and out of containers

By 24 months of age, a child should

  • Use two word sentences
  • Use a spoon
  • Build a tower of four blocks
  • Play independently

Download a copy of the "Development is Predictable" flyer.

If you know a child whose development is delayed, contact: 

Stacy Thomas
Early On Coordinator
(810) 455-4398

Or fill out an online referral form