Child Behavior and Development by Age

Developmental Milestones

Not every child behaves in the same manner and not every parent experience the same things. But the experts have a clear idea about the range of normal development from birth to age 5 and experts have also identified the signs that a child might have a developmental delay. At daily pregnancy tips, understand child behavior and development by age. Milestones are the behaviors or things that children learn and show by a certain age. Below is a list of milestones at each age and it can help a lot to observe any signs of developmental delay in your child so that you can treat it immediately.


Child Behavior by Age

Here is a list of certain things that children do at different ages.

Child Behavior by Age : 

Age: 1-2 months

• Sucks/ swallows easily.

• Turns head from side to side when lying on tummy.
• In this time, they startle easily when hear any loud sound and start crying.

• When cheek is touched, they move face in that direction.

Age: 3-4 months

• Holds a toy and smiles.

• Rolls from tummy to back.

• Make soft sounds like “ooh” and “aah”.
• Plays with hands by touching them together and putting hands in mouth.

Age: 4-6 months

• Laughs and babbles (making sounds that are meaningless e.g. bababa or dadada).

• Tries to balance self while sitting.

• Moves toys from hand to hand.

• When hear any familiar sound or music, moves head towards that sound.

Age: 6-9 months

• Can sit properly without falling.

• Crawling or creeping forward on tummy by moving arms and legs.

• Holding different things in both hands.

• Tries to pull up to stand by holding on to furniture.

• Shakes head to say “no”.

Age: 9-12 months

• Start taking steps by holding on to furniture.

• Picks up small objects.

• Waves “bye bye”.

• Can say words like “mama” and “dada” to right person.

• Looks at pictures in a book.

Age: 12-15 months

• Can walk without any support.

• Can drink in a cup.

• Picks up small objects and puts in a basket or container.

• Asks for things.

• Scribbles on a paper using colors or crayons.

Age: 15-18 months

• When you name body parts, your child will point out them.

• Shows emotions when happy or sad.

• Repeat words.

• Tries to eat something but spills it.

• Looks at pictures in a book and turn pages.

Age: 18-24 months

• Points pictures in a book when you name them.

• Shows affections like hugs and kisses.

• Plays actively with toys.

• Takes off clothes on their own like hat, shoes and socks.

Age: 24-36 months

• Use 4 to 5 words sentences.

• Shows affection for playmates.

• Jumps up and down.

• Becomes more active.

Seek Advice if:

Child behavior, From birth till month 4, seek advice when baby is stiff, cries a lot, not respond to sounds, feeding very less and not responding to familiar faces.

From months 4 to 8, seek advice when baby isn’t learning to make sounds, not responding familiar faces, not learning to roll on ground, not babbling and not playing with feet and hands.

From months 8 to 12, seek advice when baby is not responsive, not making sounds, not beginning to sit, crawl or pull to stand, not eating solids properly, not taking interest in playing with toys.

From age 1 to 2 years, seek medical advice when baby is not using words or actions to communicate, not responding to others and not seeking attention of familiar people.

From the age between 2 to 3 years, seek medical attention when baby is not interested in playing, not using many words, not interested in food and others.

From age between 3 to 5 years, seek medical attention if baby has problem of stammering, not plays with other children, not able to wash him/her when go to toilet.

Follow these simple instructions to observe these child behavior and developmental stages in your children by age and to note any delay in developmental stages.

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