Young children grow and change almost daily! As a parent, you are the most important person in your baby’s life. You give your baby lots of love and you watch the way your child learns and grows. In preparation for your next appointment with your child’s health care provider, use this page to think about what your child is already doing and what concerns or questions you want to discuss with your child’s nurse or doctor. This is a list of what most children are doing by different ages.

By 4 Months Old By 15 Months Old

Does your baby smile at you
when you smile?

Does your baby watch you
when you move?

Does your baby make cooing
sounds like “ooo” and “aaa”?

Does your baby lift his head
and chest when on his tummy?

Does your baby play with her
hands by touching them together?


Does your baby point to or ask for
things she wants?

Does your baby help with dressing
by putting his arm in the sleeve of a shirt?

Does your baby say any words besides “mama” or “dada”?

Does your baby point to familiar objects
when you name them?

Does your child scribble on paper using crayons or pencils?

Does your baby walk by herself?

By 7 Months Old By 18 Months Old

Does your baby laugh and say
bababa or dadada?

Does your baby turn his head
and look at you when you talk
to him?

Does your baby feed herself
with her fingers?

Does your baby roll from his
tummy to his back or from his
back to his tummy?

Does your baby learn about
toys by putting them in her
mouth? (Make sure toys are
too big to swallow!)

Can your baby stay sitting up
by himself?


Does your child drink from a cup
and use a spoon?

Does your child say words to tell
what he wants?

Does your child like to put things in
and take things out of containers?

Does your child like to look at books
and turn pages by herself?

By 10 Months Old By 24 Months (2 Years Old)

Does your baby play “peek-a-boo”
or wave “bye-bye” after he sees
you do it?

Does your baby hold something
in each hand at the same time?

Does your baby pick up small
things (like a cheerio) using her
thumb and one finger?

Does your baby scoot or crawl
across the floor on his tummy?

Does your baby pull up to standing
and stand by holding onto furniture?


Does your child take off his sweater, hat,
or socks by himself?

Does your child match pairs of objects
that are the same (like socks, shoes, or

Does your child point to pictures in a
book when you name them?

Has your child begun to use 2 word
sentences (like mama’s shoe, car go,
daddy bye-bye)?

Does your child stack things on top of
one another?

Can your child kick a ball?

By 12 Months (1 Year Old) By 30 Months (2 1/2 Years Old)

Does your baby shake her head

Does your baby look at the right
things when you say words like
“bottle” or “ball”?

Does your baby say “Mama” or
“Dada” to the right person?

Does your baby find a toy when
he sees you hide it?

Does your baby take steps when
holding onto furniture?


Does your child turn the pages of a
book, one at a time?

Does your child wash and dry her

Has your child begun to ask to go to
the bathroom?

Does your child sometimes use 3 word
sentences (like “I want cookie”)?

Does your child use pronouns like “I”,
“you”, and “me”?

Can your child jump from a bottom step?

For information about the Parent-Infant Program and how your child can receive a free developmental screening please call:

(804) 727-8372 in Henrico County
(804) 966-5959 in Charles City and New Kent Counties.

Infant & Toddlers Services
(Henrico County)
10299 Woodman Road

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Phone: 804-727-8372

TDD: Phone: 804-727-8496

FAX: 804-727-8469

Infant & Toddlers Services
(Charles City and New Kent Counties)
P.O. Box 461
Providence Forge, VA 23140-0461