What to expect as your child grows.

If you have concerns about your baby’s development, call us — we can help.

At three months of age, most babies

  • Respond to their mother’s voice
  • Make cooing sounds
  • Bring their hands together
  • Wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • Lift head when on stomach
  • Smile


At six months of age, most babies

  • Follow moving objects with their eyes
  • Turn toward the source of normal sound
  • Reach for objects and pick them up
  • Play with their toes
  • Help hold the bottle during feeding
  • Recognize familiar faces
  • Imitate speech sounds
  • Roll over


At twelve months of age, most babies

  • Stand briefly without support
  • Crawl
  • Imitate adults using a cup or telephone
  • Wave bye-bye
  • Put objects in a container
  • Say at least one word At eighteen months of age, most babies say at least six words
  • Follow simple directions (“Bring the ball”)
  • Pull off shoes, socks and mittens
  • Can point to a picture that you name in a book
  • Feed themselves
  • Walk without help
  • Say “no,” shake their head or push away things they don’t want


At two years of age, most children

  • Use two-to-three-word sentences
  • Kick a ball forward
  • Demand a lot of your attention
  • Like to imitate their parent
  • Identify hair, eyes, ears and nose by pointing
  • Build a tower of four blocks
  • Show affection



If your child is having trouble meeting age-appropriate milestones, he or she may be eligible for The New York City Early Intervention Program (NYC/EIP) for infants and toddlers with special needs.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Austism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP.  Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough.

metrochildren has been working with parents and children in the metropolitan area since 1999.

We have the experience to help you navigate your way through the EIP process and the professional resources to provide your child with the services and support he or she needs.

If you have any questions or concerns about infant and toddler developmental issues, call the experts at metrochildren.

Our professionals are available to answer your questions.

Call us at 718.264.7250.