• mom watching baby play with stack toyDevelopment and Milestones for Infants (ages birth - 12 months) Your Child's Brain

    80% of your child’s brain develops by age three. It’s during this first year that your baby’s brain begins to develop memory, language, thinking and reasoning skills. They learn by reaching out and exploring their world. They listen to you and begin to understand what names you use for people and things. They also learn love and trust from the way you cuddle, hold and play with them.


Steps Milestone Checklist

  • baby walking with father crawling behindSteps Milestone Checklists

    The small steps you take now make a big difference in your child’s future success. We have developed materials through the Steps initiative to give you some simple steps to help your child succeed in school and life. 

    The Steps milestone checklists for baby’s first year contains things most babies do by this age in the following areas:

    • Social & emotional development
    • Language & communications development
    • Cognitive development (learning, thinking, problem solving)
    • Movement & physical development
    • Plus, things to watch out for that might need a doctor’s attention


  • 2-Month Checklist

    2-Month Checklist

    Milestones include: 

    • Turns head towards sounds
    • Pays attention to faces
    • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change
    • Can hold head up

    Get 2-Month Checklist

  • 4-Month Checklist

    4-Month Checklist

    Milestones include: 

    • Begins to babble
    • Reaches for toy with one hand
    • Holds head steady, unsupported
    • May be able to roll over from tummy to back

    Get 4-Month Checklist

  • 6-Month Checklist

    6-Month Checklist

    Milestones include: 

    • Responds to sounds by making sounds
    • Begins to sit without support
    • Looks around at things nearby

    Get 6-Month Checklist

  • 9-Month Checklist

    9-Month Checklist

    Milestones include: 

    • Understands “no”
    • Plays peek-a-boo
    • Uses fingers to point at things
    • Crawls

    Get 9-Month Checklist

  • 12-Month Checklist

    12-Month Checklist

    Milestones in this checklist for your 1-year-old include: 

    • Says words like mama, dada and uh-oh
    • Starts to use things correctly
    • Pulls up to stand
    • Follows simple directions

    Get 12-Month Checklist

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    Child holding block toy

Milestone Tracker App

  • mom looking at baby resting on tummyCDC Milestone Tracker App

    At this stage of life, a baby’s development changes greatly from month to month. For an easy way to keep track of when your baby should reach certain milestones, download the free Center for Disease Control (CDC) Milestone Tracker app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. The App also includes activities and learning tips for each age and an area where you can keep track of all your doctor appointments.

    Get Tracker App


Children Develop at Different Rates

  • mom playing with childChildren develop at different rates

    Although most children learn to do things and reach specific milestones by a certain age, not all do. Different children develop at different rates.

    If you suspect your child is behind, has a development delay or physical issues that hold him back, don’t delay. The sooner you get help, the faster your child will be able to cope with whatever challenge he faces. 


  • temporary photoEarly On Michigan

    Early On Michigan can help you give your child her best chance for success. Find out more. Call 1-800-EARLY-ON (327-5966) and we’ll work with you to evaluate her current development and figure out the next steps.

    Visit Early On


Reading to Your Child

More Resources for Parents

  • Growth Development - Pathways.org

    Growth Development - Pathways.org

    Find resources by age, videos for parents, a baby games calendar, baby’s first year milestone guide, and more.

    Get Development Resources

  • CDC Development Milestones

    Center for Disease Control & Prevention Development Milestones

    Watch videos, find milestone checklists, download the Milestone Tracker mobile app, view the Milestones in Action photo and video library, and more.

    Visit Milestone Site

  • CDC Positive Parenting Tips

    Center for Disease Control & Prevention Positive Parenting Tips

    Find positive things you can do as a parent broken out for every age group – in English and Spanish

    Get Parenting Tips

  • PBS Kids for Parents

    PBS Kids for Parents

    Find shows and videos to watch, play activities, ways to help your child thrive, ways to learn and grow at each milestone and more

    Find Activities


Contact Us

  • Contact Us

    The Michigan Department of Education offers more help to find resources to meet your needs.

    Contact Us