Important Milestones for Infants of 2 to 9 months.

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What are milestones? They are skills and traits typically portrayed in infants and children. It follows a usual range of development. Milestones can help identify if a child may  need some more attention in an area. If concerned you can turn to a couple different services including speech therapy, physical therapy, and developmental preschool for older children.

Milestones fall under 4 main catagories.

  • Social/emotional; ability to connect with others. Noticing others emotions as well as their own.
  • Language/communication; ability to communicate, talk, and interact with others.
  • Cognitive; higher brain functions. Ability to pay attention and notice environment.
  • Movement; gross and fine motor skills.

2 month milestones

  • Smiling at people
  • Looking for familiar faces
  • May attempt to calm themselves by sucking on fingers
  • Making cooing or gurgling sounds
  • Turns head towards sounds
  • Begins to follow movement with eyes
  • May act bored if in one place too long
  • May hold head up while on tummy
  • Starts making smoother movements with arms and legs.

If concerned act early and contact the child’s doctor if child,

  • Doesn’t respond to load sounds
  • Doesn’t watch things as they move
  • Doesn’t smile at familiar people
  • Doesn’t bring hands to moutcant hold up head when on tummy.

9 month milestones.

  • May be fearful of strangers
  • Clingy with familiar adults
  • Have favorite toys
  • Umderstands “no”
  • Make a lot of different sounds and noises
  • Attempts to copy sounds and gestures
  • Watches the path of something as it falls
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Moves things from one hand to the other
  • Points at what they want
  • Picks small things up between thumb and index finger
  • Stands holding on to something
  • Can get into a seated position
  • Crawls
  • Sits without support.

If concerned act early and contact child’s doctor if;

  • Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support
  • Doesn’t sit with help
  • Doesn’t babble
  • Doesn’t play “back and forth” games(peek-a-boo.)
  • Doesn’t respond to name.
  • Doesn’t recognize familiar faces
  • Doesnt look where you point

Resources:

  • www.Medlineplus.gov
  • CDC government
  • My own personal training+ experience