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Less than 1

Your child's developmental milestones at age: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months

2 Months 

Social and Emotional
Begins to smile at people
Can calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
Tries to look at parent

Coos, makes gurgling sounds
Turns head toward sounds

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Pays attention to faces
Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
Cries or gets fussy if activity doesn’t change

Movement/Physical Development
Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
Makes smoother movements with arms and legs

4 Months 

Social and Emotional
Smiles spontaneously, especially at people
Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops
Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning

Begins to babble with expression and repeats sounds he hears
Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Let’s you know if she is happy or sad
Responds to affection
Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
Follows moving things with eyes from side to side
Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance

Movement/Physical Development
Holds head steady, unsupported
Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface
May be able to roll over from tummy to back
Brings hands to mouth
When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbows

6 Months 

Social and Emotional
Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
Likes to play with others, especially parents
Responds to other people’s emotions and often seems happy
Likes to look at self in a mirror

Responds to sounds by making sounds
Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”)
Responds to own name
Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”)

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Looks around at things nearby
Brings things to mouth
Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach
Begins to pass things from one hand to the other

Movement/Physical Development
Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
Begins to sit without support
When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward

9 Months 

Social and Emotional
May be afraid of strangers
May be clingy with familiar adults
Has favorite toys

Understands “no”
Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”
Copies sounds and gestures of others
Uses fingers to point at things

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Watches the path of something as it falls
Looks  for things he sees you hide
Plays peek-a-boo
Puts things in her mouth
Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other
Picks up things between thumb and index finger

Movement/Physical Development
Stands, holding on
Can get into sitting position
Sits without support
Pulls to stand

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