Baby Builders' Developmental Milestones

Fine Motor Skills:
• Grasps objects placed in front of him
• Grasps objects by raking them against his body or other hand
• Uses a four finger squeeze grasp without the thumb or palm to hold a toy
• No fine grasping of small objects

Speech/Language:
• Cooing, squealing and gurgling sounds
• Can repeat some sounds
• Recognizes mom's voice
• Uses smile to indicate contentment or pleasure
• Enjoys noisy toys

5 Months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Brings feet to hands and to mouth while lying on back
• Pushes up to extended arms while lying on stomach
• Pushes up and reaches for toys while lying on stomach
• Likes to play on side
• Rolls from back to stomach and back again
• Begins to sit alone and props with extended arms
• No head lag when pulled from back to sitting
• Begins bouncing when in standing

Fine Motor Skills:
• Reaches for toys and brings them to the middle of the body
• Uses fingers and the palm (no thumb) to hold objects
• No fine grasping of small objects

Speech/Language:
• Laughs, coos, and gurgles for attention
• Responds to "no"
• Notices new sounds (e.g. appliances, music, etc)
• Responds to changes in tone of voice
• Uses sounds to express emotions and wants

6 Months


Gross Motor Skills:
• Rolls easily from front to back to front
• Lifts head off the floor while lying on back
• Plays with feet while lying on back
• Kicks arms and legs while lying on stomach ("swimming")
• Shifts weight from one arm to the next to reach toys while lying on stomach
• Sits by himself without using arms for support
• Bounces frequently in standing
• Holds onto person by himself in standing

Fine Motor Skills:
• Transfers objects from one hand to the other
• Uses fingers and the palm (no thumb) to hold objects
• Attempts to grasp small objects using several fingers and a bent thumb

Speech/Language:
• Begins to babble
• Laughs, coos, gurgles, and babbles for attention
• Responds to "no"
• Notices new sounds (e.g. appliances, music, etc)
• Responds to changes in tone of voice
• Uses sounds and babbling to express emotions and wants

7 Months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Does not like to be on back
• Begins to pivot on stomach and belly crawl
• Pushes up to hands and knees while lying on stomach
• Likes to play in side lying
• Likes to sit
• Plays freely with arms as balance improves in sitting
• Pulls up to standing using arms with legs straight
• Stands on the balls of his feet
• Bounces lightly in standing

Fine Motor Skills:
• Holds objects with fingers and thumb
• Wrist is straight when holding objects
• Grasps small objects using bent fingers and thumb to rake into the palm

Speech/Language:
• Laughs, coos, gurgles, and babbles often
• May begin to imitate speech sounds (mamamama)
• Responds to "no"
• Begins to respond to his name and some simple words
• Uses babbling and gestures to express emotions and wants

8 months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Enjoys sitting
• Reaches for toys easily in sitting
• Begins to creep on hands and knees
• Able to kneel at a small table without support
• Pulls self to standing primarily using the arms
• Has difficulty getting down from standing position
• Begins to cruise around furniture sideways using both hands