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Development Milestones Ages 0-1 Years


The Loving, holding, changing diapers for, talking to, and feeding your baby are the first things to focus on.


• Quiets to familiar voices or sounds
• Reacts to loud sounds: baby startles, blinks, stops sucking, cries or wakes up
• Makes soft sounds when awake, baby gurgles
• Coo, gurgle and sigh
• Smile back when you smile
• Respond to voices
• Push up with arms when on stomach
• Turns eyes or head toward sounds, voices, noise making toys, dog barking
• Starts to make speech-like sounds, “ga,” “ooh,” “ba,” and p, b, m sounds
• Reacts to a change in your tone of voice
• Cries (with tears) to communicate pain, fear, discomfort, or loneliness
• Babbles or coos
• Loves to be touched and held close
• Returns a smile
• Responds to peak-a-boo games
• Responds to own name and looks when called
• Understands simple words, “no,” “bye-bye,” “juice”
• Babbles, “da da da,” “ma ma ma,” “ba ba ba”
• Drools, mouths, and chews on objects
• Reaches for cup or spoon when being fed
• Drinks from a cup with help
• Enjoys some finely chopped, solid foods
• Closes mouth firmly or turns head when no longer hungry
• Responds to both soft or loud sounds
• Repeats single words and imitates animal sounds
• Points to favorite toys or food when asked
• Needs at least 3 meals a day with 2 snacks in-between
• Enjoys drinking from a cup
• Begins to eat finger foods
• Continues to explore everything by mouth
• Crawls well
• Pulls self to a standing position


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