Babies & Toddlers

Learning begins at birth, and the FCL has a variety of resources to start your baby on the right track meet speech, literacy, and motor skills milestones. Below are several milestones that your baby may meet in the fist year of life:

Speech and Motor Milestones

Newborns 0-3 months:

  • Control and lift head
  • Make first sounds
  • First smile
  • First laugh

Babies 4-6 months old may meet the milestones of:

  • Roll over
  • Sit up
  • Eat solid food
  • Teething
  • Reach
  • Grab

Babies 7-9 months old may meet the milestones of:

  • Understand words
  • Says first words
  • play pattycake
  • Crawl
  • Stand up
  • Hand and finger skills
  • Wave, clap, point
  • Babble
  • Eat finger foods
  • Play peekaboo

Babies 10-12 months old may meet the milestones of: 

  • say first words
  • understand words
  • play pattycake

Literacy Milestones

Birth-9 months

This is the age where caregivers are introducing books as a fun, memorable part of the day. Do not worry about finishing the book or turning the pages in the right direction. Books with flaps, different textures, sounds and mirrors make the books fun for babies to interact with.

9-18 months

As your child begins to say his first words, their receptive vocabulary is much larger than their spoken language. As your child begins to say new words, ‘see and say’ books provide great opportunities to point to pictures while reading.

18 months-2 years

As their attention span grows, your child will be able to sit for ‘real’ storytime in your lap. Mother Goose and other rhyming books illustrate to children how language works and is structured. Some books your child will ask to be read over and over again. This is a great sign for the love of reading! 

Source: Scholastic 

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