We are approaching the end of the first year this summer! It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by and how different my baby is! It’s amazing how much changes in the a baby’s first year. It’s crazy to think about how I had a little tiny baby that would eat/sleep/poop all day long and now I am chasing around a very busy little man.
As a little refresher to this first year of life and to celebrate all the gross motor changes that take place here is a quick reference of gross motor milestones. All of these are averages. If your baby falls slightly out of the averages don’t stress. This is meant to be a guide. Always consult with your physician or physical therapist if you have concerns.
Gross Motor Milestones For The First Year
Birth – 2 months
- Baby raises head slightly off the floor when placed on their stomach
- Alternating leg kicks
- Holds up head momentarily when supported
- Will thrust arms in play
3 Months – 5 Months
- When on stomach and propped on forearms lifts head and chest off the floor
- Brings hands into midline
- Bats randomly at objects
- Rolls from stomach to back
- Brings hands together at midline
- Grasps objects voluntarily
- Transfers toys from hand to hand
6 Months – 8 Months
- Sits independently
- Reaches for objects when on stomach
- Rolls from back to stomach
- Stands with support
- Pivots on stomach
- May start to pull along on stomach (army crawl)
9 Months – 11 Months
- Moves in and out of sitting independently
- Pulls to stand
- Creeps or Crawls
- Stands alone for a brief period of time
- Early walking may begin
- May begin to creep up stairs
- Stands without support
- Begins walking
- Crawls up onto furniture
- Able to start, stop, and turn without falling
- Begins to run
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4 thoughts on “Gross Motor Milestones For The First Year”
Great reference! Thanks. Don’t know about throwing up in my fridge tho. 😉
Why not? Thanks for the catch 🙂 I got a good laugh out of it too now!
Another GREAT post Chanda! Thanks for sharing this!
BTW – I was wondering if you might be interested in guest posting on Pediatric Safety? We love your work and think our community would too! 🙂
Hi Stefanie, email me at pinkoatmealblog(at)gmail(dot)com!