Physical Developmental Milestones
During infancy and toddlerhood
Birth to 6 months
- Height and weight increases
- Newborn relfexes decline
- Distinguishes basic taste and odors
- Sleep in increasingly organized into a night-day schedule
- Holds head up, rolls over, and grasps objects
- Perceives auditory and visual stimuli as organized patterns
- Shows sensitivity to motion and binocular depth cues
- Recognizes and prefers human facial patterns
- By the end of the period, moves from relying on motion and spatial arrangement to using shape, color, and texture to identify objects
- Masters a wide range of inter modal (visual, auditory, and tactile) relationships
Here is Makala grasping her own bottle.
Makala had found her feet!
Here is Makala reaching for wrapping paper after being shown what to do.
Here is Makala having her first sucker, and from her reaction you can tell she likes the sweetness of the sucker.
Makala had learned to grab and pull. She tested this out with using daddy's ear!
Here is Makala laughing and smiling!(:
- Approaches adult like sleep-wake schedule
- Sits alone, crawls, and walks
- Reaching and grasping improve in flexibility and accuracy; shows refined pincer grasp
- Develops sensitivity to pictorial depth cues
- Inter-modal perception continues to improve
BABIES ON THE MOVE!!!
- Jumps, walks on tiptoes, runs, and climbs
- Manipulates small objects with good coordination
Why are these Developmental Milestones important?
Benjamin Neelon, S., Oken, E., Taveras, E., Rifas-Shiman, S., & Gillman, M. (2012). Age of achievement of gross motor milestones in infancy and adiposity at ge 3 years. Maternal & Child Health Journal, 16(5), 1015-1020. doi:10.1007/s10995-011-0828-3
Berk, L. E. (2010). In Development Through The Lifespan (5th ed., pp. 212-213). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.