Know Milestones

Know the milestones.

Get to know developmental milestones and how you can encourage healthy development. Here are a few examples:

9 Months

MilestonesTo encourage development
Use a finger to point at things. Talk about what he wants when he points at something
Make different sounds like “mamamama” and “babababa” Repeat sounds and words back to him/her.
Look for things he/she sees you hide.     Play peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek, and games with “my turn, your turn.”

18 Months

MilestonesTo encourage development
Point to show others something interesting. Blow bubbles for her to pop. Point to and name pictures in books.
Say several single words. Repeat his words back to him.
Drink from a cup and eat with a spoon. Encourage him to drink from a cup and use a spoon, even when messy.

2 Years

MilestonesTo encourage development
Play mainly beside other children but begin to include other children in activities.Provide several toys for a group of children, as they may not be ready to share or play together.
Begin to sort shapes and colors.Help him do puzzles with shapes, colors, animals, etc., and name each piece.
Follow two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes, and put them in the closet.”Encourage her to help with simple chores and give lots of praise for being a good helper.

Thrive Milestones Checklist

Download our milestones checklist.

Find more information on developmental milestones here.