Early Intervention Program

Checklist for Growing Children

Here’s what you can expect your child to be doing, from birth to age three. If your baby seems different call your local Early Intervention Program.

You can contact Fulton County Public Health at 736-5720




  • turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • move both eyes in the same direction together
  • recognize bottle or breast
  • react to sudden sounds or voices
  • make cooing sounds
  • make fists with both hands
  • grasp toys or hair
  • wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • lift head and chest when on stomach
  • smile
  • follow moving objects with their eyes
  • turn toward the source of normal sound
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • switch toys from one hand to the other
  • play with their toes
  • help hold the bottle during feeding
  • recognize familiar faces
  • babble
  • sit without support
  • pull to a standing position
  • crawl
  • drink from a cup
  • play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • wave bye-bye
  • hold out their arms and legs while being dressed
  • put objects in a container
  • stack two blocks
  • know five or six words

If your child is having trouble doing some of these things, it may put your mind at rest to talk to someone. Early help makes a difference!  Talk with your doctor or call your local Early Intervention Program.

You can contact Fulton County Public Health at 736-5720 




  • like to pull, push and dump things
  • follow simple directions ("Bring the ball")
  • pull off shoes, socks and mittens
  • like to look at pictures
  • feed themselves
  • make marks on paper with crayons
  • walk without help
  • step off a low object and keep balance
  • use two-to-three-word sentences
  • say names of toys
  • recognize familiar pictures
  • carry something while walking
  • feed themselves with a spoon
  • play independently
  • turn 2-3 pages at a time
  • like to imitate their parent
  • identify hair, eyes, ears and nose by pointing
  • build a tower of four blocks
  • show affection


  • walk up steps (alternating feet)
  • ride a tricycle
  • put on their shoes
  • open door
  • turn one page at a time
  • play with other children for a few minutes
  • repeat common rhymes
  • use three-to-five-word sentences
  • name at least one color correctly
  • are toilet trained