Developmental Milestones
Milestones are a guide to the skills that your child should be able to do at different ages. While all children are different and develop at their own pace, there are also blocks of time or windows when most children will meet a milestone (for example, most children walk between 9 and 15 months). If your child isn't meeting all the milestones for their age, it may be a good idea to chat to your GP or Child and Family Health Nurse to make sure there isn't a medical or developmental problem.

From 0-3 months your baby will :

  • Start to lift their head when lying on his or her tummy between 0-4 weeks.
  • Start smiling in response to people's faces and laughing.
  • Start to listen for your voice and quieten to familiar voices.
  • Be able to grasp a rattle briefly and put his or her hands together by 2-3 months.
  • Continue to increase his or her body tone and his or her capacity to stay awake.
  • Start to kick his or her legs and establish eating and sleeping patterns.


Between 3-6 months your baby will :
  • Be sleeping less and interacting more with you.
  • Start to sit with support, raise his or her head, and roll both ways from stomach to back.
  • Start to reach for dangling objects, grasp and shake toys.
  • Inspect objects with hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Demonstrate interest in you, copy sounds you make and respond to the tone and inflection of your voice.


Between 6-12 months your child will :
  • Learn to sit without support and to push themselves to a sitting position between 6-9 months.
  • Become more mobile and start to crawl on his or her hands and knees and pull to stand around 9 months.
  • Learn to take steps while holding onto furniture and walk with one hand held between 9-12 months.
  • Start to hold a spoon or cup, throw objects, and look for things he or she has dropped.
  • Probably be scared of strangers or objects and become anxious about leaving you or the approach of unfamiliar people.
  • Start to repeat sounds and gestures and respond to their own name being called.
  • Say "mama" or "dada", "bababab" or "nananana" randomly between 6-9 months, but by 9-12 months, learn to use "mama" or "dada" correctly.
  • Start to tolerate and chew lumpy solids fed on a spoon.
  • Start to wave goodbye.