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What Are My Baby’s Milestones

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Milestones by Baby’s Age Range

Good news: All babies develop on their own timelines. Read more about how this milestone information is created and how to understand your individual child’s development.


When do babies start walking?

Most babies won’t take their first steps until they are 14 months old. That said, some babies start as early as 7 months or as late as 18 months old.

When do babies start crawling?

Most babies start crawling between 7 and 9 months old — but some babies skip crawling altogether and learn to stand and walk first.

When do babies start teething?

Babies start teething anywhere between 2 months and 12 months old — sometimes even later.

When do babies start talking?

Babies start cooing and making vowel sounds between 6 weeks and 3 months, but most won’t start using basic words until they’re 9 to 14 months old.

When do toddlers learn colors?

Most toddlers won’t learn to name every color until preschool, but you can start teaching the basic concept of color while your tot is still at home.

When do toddlers stop napping?

Take cues from your toddler; she may be ready to drop the nap at 2 or 3 years old, or she may need them until she’s 5. And even if your toddler doesn’t need to settle down for a full-fledged nap every day, you may want to schedule some quiet time for both of you to refuel for the afternoon.


Is your daughter a girlie-girl and your son a rabble-rouser? Gender roles are somewhat genetic, but in no way destiny. Read on.

You’ve stocked your baby’s shelves with all kinds of toys, from baby dolls to tractors and everything in between (read: gender neutral). So why is it that your little princess always reaches for the dressed-up dollies, or your young firefighter pulls out the fire truck without fail?

Even in infancy, boys and girls are different, thanks to the hormones they are exposed to in utero. For example, right from birth, girls show more interest in people and faces than boys do, which may explain why little girls are more likely to play with dolls while boys gravitate toward trains and trucks. Girls also tend to talk earlier and be more verbal than boys, which is why they may prefer pretend play and make-believe games. Another difference: Girls typically enjoy spending one-on-one time with other kids, while boys like to be part of a bigger group.

Boys, on the other hand, are born with more muscle mass, which might be why they’re typically more physically active than girls. They are also better at — and so tend to enjoy — tasks that take advantage of their mechanical and spatial skills, such as playing with blocks or operating the switches on an activity board.

This isn’t to say that your little one is locked from birth into gender stereotypes. Filling your baby’s toy box with non-gender-specific (and opposite-gender) playthings is a good idea. You can encourage physical activity in your girl by setting a good example (exercising yourself) and cheering her on when she tries something new. You can help your boy learn to nurture by offering him babies or stuffed animals to cuddle and care for and by pointing out the caring men in his life — like Daddy.

From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect the First Year. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.

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