Getting to know your child’s milestones is as simple as playing with your child.

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “hi” are called developmental milestones. As children grow, they reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. While all children grow and change at their own rate, experts on child development target a window of time when a child may reach each milestone.

To review milestones below, click on the age you want to learn more about.

9 Months

  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Makes two-syllable consonants sounds, i.e. baba, gaga, kaka, dada
  • Follows one command without gestures, i.e. “come here”
Gross Motor
  • Sits up straight on floor for several minutes
  • Bends down to pick up toy and returns to standing while holding onto furniture
  • Crawls
Fine Motor
  • Picks up small toys (rigid objects) and string (floppy objects) with thumb and finger
  • Picks up string (can be attached to a toy) with thumb and finger (floppy object)
Problem Solving
  • Bangs objects together or on table
  • Tries to get small foods out of a clear bottle (may not dump yet)
  • Dumps objects out of containers either by themself or by copying you
Personal Social
  • Feeds oneself a cracker
  • Puts toy in your hand, but doesn’t let go of toy
  • Can push arms through a sleeve once arm is in the hole of the sleeve
Talk to Doctor If
  • Doesn’t respond to name
  • Doesn’t sit with help or bear weight on legs with support
  • Doesn’t babble, i.e. mama, baba, dada
  • Doesn’t play back and forth games
  • Doesn’t look where you point
  • Doesn’t move toys from one hand to the other
  • Doesn’t recognize familiar people

Learn more with a Developmental Screening

To get a more in-depth picture of how your child is developing, we invite you to take a free developmental screening.

Making Meaning from a Screening

After you complete the screening, you may have questions. One in six children have developmental concerns that would benefit from follow up. Research has shown that the sooner the developmental services are started, the better the outcome. There are many services that can support a child’s development, including speech therapy, physical therapy, and developmentally appropriate social activities.

Talking with their health care provider about your concerns can help you determine the best next steps. Your child’s daycare or preschool can also be a partner in supporting your child’s development.

At any time in the process, Help Me Grow is here to walk you through the screening results and to answer your questions.

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