Developmental Chart for Babies

Understanding how babies learn can help you make the most of teaching opportunities. Babies learn foundational spiritual truths the same ways they learn other things-through their senses, by doing, and through relationships.

Newborn

  • Sees objects 8 to 10 inches from eyes.
  • Searches for something to suck.
  • Keeps hands fisted but grasps adult's finger when palm is touched.
  • Communicates through crying.
  • Enjoys touching, holding, and rocking.
  • Responds to soothing teachers at church.

1 to 3 Months

  • Eyes slowly follow moving objects.
  • Holds head up and turns it from side to side.
  • Finds hands and mouths them; attempts to grasp objects.
  • Responds to human voices.
  • Expresses unhappiness and excitement; smiles and coos.
  • Learns trust as needs are met by teachers.

4 to 6 Months

  • Uses hands together; can grasp, hold, and mouth objects.
  • Rolls from stomach to back-turns and twists in all directions.
  • Sits up with support.
  • Responds to name.
  • Coos, gurgles, chuckles with joy; may begin to understand more of what you say.
  • Responds to happy times at church.

7 to 9 Months

  • Transfers objects from hand to hand; has good control in manipulating objects; waves bye-bye.
  • Sits up for longer periods of time; sits freely with good head control.
  • Begins to scoot, crawl, pull to standing position, and sidesteps around objects.
  • Watches your mouth; starts imitating sounds; begins to learn "no."
  • Gets excited about playing, especially with parents, cries when separated from mother.
  • Develops associations between good feelings and hearing about God and Jesus.

10 to 12 Months

  • Coordinated hands; may feed self or hold cup.
  • Crawls well; may stop to pick up objects; pulls up to standing position.
  • Enjoys playing games, rolling back and forth, and imitating teachers and parents; shows preference for favorite toy.
  • Begins to understand what adults say; may say mama and dada; learns independence.
  • Shows feelings of hurt, anger, and happiness.
  • Likes the same familiar teachers at church.

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