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Child Development Videos: What to Expect Next

Watch children demonstrate typical social/emotional, language/communication, cognitive/thinking, and movement skills as Glenn Tripp, MD, Developmental Pediatrician at Mary Bridge, narrates these videos of typical childhood development from 2 months to 3 years of age. After watching these videos, plan to talk to your child’s primary care provider at each visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

At 2 months old, your child will likely be cooing, smiling, paying attention to focus and pushing self up onto tummy.


At the 4 month mark, your child will likely be copying faces, babbling, reaching for toys, following you with eyes, may roll and placing hands to mouth.


By the end of 6 months of age, your baby will likely know your face, begins to play, responds to name, passes toys hand to hand, rolls, sits and supports weight in standing.


At 9 months of age, your baby will likely be afraid of strangers, have favorite toys, begin to understand the word "no," will point to objects and people, make lots of sounds, play peek-a-boo, pick up small items, sit up and crawl.


Once your child reaches 12 months (1 year old), he/she will likely be shy with strangers, start to help with dressing, will cry when parent leaves the room, starts to wave bye-bye, will say "mama" and "dada," bang toys together, be able to follow simple directions, will walk while holding onto furniture and may stand alone.


By the time your child reaches 18 months of age, they will likely show affection, have temper tantrums, do pretend play, use single words, point, scribble, become familiar with objects, walk alone, drink with cup and eat with spoon.


At the 2 year mark, your child will likely be copying others, become more independent, exhibit defiant behavior, play beside you, use 2-4 word sentences, follow instructions, sort shapes/colors, build blocks, name pictures, stand on tip toes, able to run, climb down and throw a ball.


At 3 years old, your child will likely be taking turns, showing concern for others, separating from parents more often, understanding “mine/his”, saying own name, speech is understood by strangers, playing make believe, doing puzzles, turning book pages, climbing well, pedaling a tricycle and walking up and down stairs.


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