Bright Futures Milestone Category


Milestone Name Expected Age
Looks at parents when awake 0
Is able to fix briefly on faces or objects 0
Follows face to midline 0
Has started to smile 1
Indicates boredom (crying/fussiness) when no changes in activity occur 2
Responds to affection, changes in environment 4
Indicates pleasure and displeasure 4
Continues to use visual exploration to learn about the environment but is also beginning to use oral exploration for learning 6
Develops object permanence 9
Learns interactive games, such as “peek-a-boo” and “so big” 9
Looks at books and explores environment, physically and visually 9
Identifies persons upon request (eg, “Where is ___?”) 12
Scribbles 15
Points to 1 body part 18
Follows simple instructions without gestured cues (”sit down”) 18
Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by hugging it or pretend feeding 18
Knows the names of his favorite books 18
Follows 2-step commands 24
Names one picture, such as a cat, horse, bird, dog, or man 24
Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books 24
Corrects you if you change a word in a book he knows 24
In response to, “Where is _____?”, points to object or animal in a book 24
Knows the correct action for a selected animal or person (eg, cat meows, horse gallops, bird flies, dog barks, man talks) 30
Has friends 30
Points to 6 body parts 30
Knows the name of and the use of a cup, ball, spoon, and crayon 36
Identifies self as a girl or a boy 36
Names 4 colors 48
Is aware of gender (of self and others) 48
Plays board/card games 48
Draws a person with 3 parts 48
Tells you what he thinks is going to happen next in a book 48
Follows simple directions 12
Understands and follows simple commands 15