CDC Milestone Category


Milestone Name Expected Age
Coos, makes gurgling sounds 2
Turns head toward sounds 2
Begins to babble 4
Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears 4
Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired 4
Responds to sounds by making sounds 6
Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds 6
Responds to own name 6
Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure 6
Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”) 6
Understands “no” 9
Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa” 9
Copies sounds and gestures of others 9
Uses fingers to point at things 9
Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye” 12
Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech) 12
Says “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!” 12
Tries to say words you say 12
Responds to simple spoken requests 12
Says several single words 18
Says and shakes head “no” 18
Points to show someone what he wants 18
Points to things or pictures when they are named 24
Knows names of familiar people and body parts 24
Says sentences with 2 to 4 words 24
Follows simple instructions 24
Repeats words overheard in conversation 24
Points to things in a book 24
Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps 36
Can name most familiar things 36
Understands words like “in,” “on,” and “under” 36
Says first name, age, and sex 36
Names a friend 36
Says words like “I,” “me,” “we,” and “you” and some plurals (cars, dogs, cats) 36
Talks well enough for strangers to understand most of the time 36
Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences 36
Knows some basic rules of grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she” 48
Sings a song or says a poem from memory such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus” 48
Tells stories 48
Can say first and last name 48
Speaks very clearly 60
Tells a simple story using full sentences 60
Uses future tense; for example, “Grandma will be here.” 60
Says name and address 60