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Baby Development Milestones and Autism

The following are normal social, verbal, and emotional milestones for babies and toddlers. Keep in mind that every child develops differently. If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician.

3 months: Imitates some movements and facial expressions

4 months: Begins to develop social smile

5 months: Makes solid eye contact

6 months: Appears joyful often

8 months: Responds to expressions of emotion

9 months: Cries when parents leave

10 months: Prefers certain people and toys

12 months: Makes hand gestures like pointing and waving

16 months: Concerned? Fill out the m-chat screening test (m-chat.org)

18 months: Says single words

2 years: Says two-word phrases

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