Toddler: 6 - 12 months

Every child is different and will, therefore, develop at his or her own pace. However, according to experts, there are specific milestones that should be achieved by certain ages and stages in life in order to properly grow and develop.


  • Knows familiar faces; notices strangers
  • Likes to play
  • Likes to look in a mirror
  • Hears sounds and mimics
  • Combines letters together when making sounds
  • Responds when his name is called
  • Looks around to find things
  • Brings things to mouth
  • Curious; tries to touch things
  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other
  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
  • Begins to sit without support
  • Supports weight on legs and may bounce
  • Moves back and forth; may crawl backward before moving forward


  • May fear strangers and cling to familiar adults
  • Likes some toys more than others
  • Understands the word “no”
  • Mimics sounds and movements
  • Points at things
  • Watches direction of falling object
  • Likes playing hiding games
  • Puts things in their mouth
  • Moves things easily from one hand to the other
  • Pulls to stand; stands while holding onto something
  • Gets into sitting position without support
  • Crawls