How Well Do You Know Baby Milestones?


By: Jacqueline Samaroo

6 Min Quiz

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It's as easy as A-B-C! Get ready to indulge in some playful learning with this baby milestones quiz.

Babies start learning about the world around them and adapting to it from the moment they are born. It is true that some of their actions, such as suckling, are instinctive, but many are learned through interactions with persons around them.

Language development features many major milestones for babies, and most babies have a solid foundation for effective communication by the time they are one year old. Stages in their speech range from cooing to babbling to actual words, with most babies predictably hitting the milestones. Do you know the ages at which each of these skills is normally acquired? If you do, then you can definitely master this quiz!

Physical or motor skills are also crucial to babies' development. Rolling over, crawling and those precious first steps are milestone every caregiver looks forward to with cameras at the ready. This quiz is just the right move for you if you know at what age to expect each of these significant milestones in most babies. Don't delay, hop into the quiz, now!

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When are most babies able to hold their heads up for short periods?

By the time most babies are 6 to 8 weeks old, they can raise their heads while lying on their backs. It is not until they are six months old, however, that babies will have control over their neck muscles and be able to hold their heads upright and steady.


How old are most babies by the time they master babbling or imitating speech sounds?

Mastery of babbling normally occurs at 7 months but can begin from when babies are roughly 3 months – about the same time they start to show some recognition of their own name. The "ba" or "ma" sounds are relatively easy to make, so most babies will babble these two words as they imitate speech they hear around them.


Lifting the head while lying on the tummy is usually accomplished by what age?

Babies are born with relatively weak neck muscles, and it takes time for these muscles to become developed enough to support the weight of the head. By the time many babies are one month old, they will be able to lift their heads while lying on their tummies and may even be able to turn it side to side.


How old are most babies when they are able to imitate the actions of others?

Toward the end of their first year, it is not unusual for babies to begin closely watching and imitating those around them. Their imitations are not limited to adults, as they will also mimic their friends and playmates.


By what age will most babies master performing mini push-ups?

Mini push-ups involve babies lying on the tummy and being able to lift the head and torso up. A few babies will begin trying out this skill (and perhaps even master it) from they are 2 months old. The vast majority will achieve the milestone at around the 4th month.


How old are most babies when they are able to turn towards sounds?

A couple of months before this, most babies would have already begun to respond to familiar sounds and may even smile at the sound of a familiar voice. It is not until about 6 months, however, that most babies can discern the direction a sound is coming from and turn toward it.


Many babies are what age when they can sit without support?

From around 5 to 7 months of age, most babies will need to be supported when sitting – back straight and head up. It is possible to prop up babies in a sitting position before this, but they might not have the muscle control to keep their heads from lolling about.


The skill of pointing at objects is usually attained by what age?

Pointing is one of the first ways babies begin to engage in what is called “shared attention” – they want you to see what they see. Caregivers can aid babies’ development by pointing at the object, too, and saying its name alone or in a sentence.


Holding their heads steady is a skill most babies achieve by what age?

This skill is a part of the head control and includes raising the head and holding it a 45-degree angle while lying on the tummy. Most babies accomplish this somewhere between 3 and 4 months, but a few babies would have mastered this skill from they were 2 months old.


Most babies will begin to stare at faces at what age?

Babies are born with blurred vision, but by the time they are one month old, they can focus on objects held between 7 and 12 inches from their faces. Quite often, those “objects” are the faces of their caregivers and babies soon become transfixed by their caregivers’ eyes and expressions.


By what age will most babies develop the ability to play with their own hands and feet?

Around the time they get to the 5-month-old mark, most babies spend quite a bit of time engrossed in the fun activity of playing with their own hands and feet while lying on their backs. Some babies will wring their hands together, and others might even suck on their toes.


Most babies will be making gurgling and cooing sounds by what age?

Early cooing and gurgling sounds are among the first stages of speech development in babies – just like crying. As babies grow, they will coo in response to being spoken to and their cooing will eventually grow into babbling.


Combining syllables into word-like sounds is a skill most babies achieve by what age?

Babies can hear while they are in the wombs of their mothers and so the rhythm of speech is already well known to them at birth. By 9 months of age, babies can imitate speech to the point of stringing syllables together and coming up with what may sound like gibberish to adults but are actually the precursors to real words.


Most babies will be able to make out black-and-white patterns at what age?

Blurred vision at birth means babies are only able to make out movement, light versus dark, and shapes. By the end of the first month, many babies can distinguish black-and-white patterns, as well as patterns of colors which are highly contrasting with each other.


Most babies are what age when they master passing objects from hand to hand?

Some babies master this skill from as young as 6 months old. Babies who are able to pass an object from one hand to the next might enjoy playing with a rattle, shaking and passing the toy to hear the sound it makes.


When do most babies begin to follow objects held close to their faces?

At this age, most babies cannot focus on objects which are more than 12 inches from their faces. Likewise, an object which is too close (less than 7 inches away) will be out of focus, as well.


When do most babies start to bang, drop and throw objects?

Babies will often bang, drop and throw things just to see what happens next. Will it make a sound, bounce or roll? Of course, another reason is to see the reaction caregivers have to their actions!


Jabbering (making word-like sounds) is a skill most babies achieve by what age?

It may sound like a foreign language now, but in another 12 months, when they are two years old, most babies’ speech is developed to the point where they have a vocabulary of over 200 words. They will add at least another 100 words to that by the time they get to 3 years old.


By what age will most babies be able to play pat-a-cake?

Along with pat-a-cake, most babies will also be able to play peek-a-boo at this age. Peek-a-boo helps babies to realize that objects still exist even when they cannot see them.


How old are most babies when they start saying "dada" and "mama" to the right parent?

Most babies would have already been saying “dada” and “mama” to their parents but they would be using either of the terms for either parent. By the time they reach 11 months old, however, they will be saying the terms to the correct parent.


The skill of rolling over from tummy to back is usually attained by what age?

Babies strengthen their neck and arm muscles by doing mini push-ups. By the time they reach 5 months old, many babies can use these muscles to roll from tummy to back and then from back to tummy. Some babies find that repeated rolling is a great way to move from one place to the next!


Most babies will have learnt to pick things up with a pincer grasp by what age?

Babies are born with a grasping reflex and will curl their hands around an object, such as your finger, placed in their palms. The pincer grasp (or grasping with the thumb and forefinger, however, is not fully mastered by most babies until they are around 10 months old.


By what age will most babies be able to imitate sounds and blow bubbles?

Being able to imitate sounds and blow bubbles are two steps in the language and communication development of babies. At 6 months old, most babies will respond to sounds they hear, such as being spoken to, by making sounds of their own.


When are most babies ready for solid foods?

It is advisable to wait until babies are 6 months old before offering them solid foods. Their digestive and immune systems would be sufficiently developed at this point so they are less prone to developing food allergies and infections.


Do you know how old babies are when they start saying "dada" and "mama" to either parent?

Babbling and jabbering are precursors to speech. Babies’ first words include “dada” and “mama” but they will likely not be specific about who they use each word for until they are a few months older.


Most babies are able to crawl well by what age?

Apart from standing while holding on to something for support, babies at this stage will also be able to crawl quite well. Child-proofing their surroundings becomes important at this point to keep them safe. One good move is to install gates at the top and bottom of stairs.


Most babies can recognize your face by what age?

Babies at this stage can recognize familiar faces and objects. They will be able to distinguish these from greater distances as they get older and their eyesight continues to improve.


The skills of pointing, waving goodbye and clapping are usually mastered by what age?

Pointing, waving “goodbye” and clapping are more than physical accomplishments for babies. They are also language and communication milestones. Most babies who are 12 months old will also shake their heads to indicate “no.”


How old are most babies when they start respond to sounds?

Hearing development is already well underway at birth with most babies able to respond to high-pitched or unexpected sounds, as well as the soothing tones of a lullaby. Sudden loud noise might startle a baby and result in a bout of crying.


Many babies are what age when they can distinguish between bold colors?

Whereas babies were already able to make out black-and-white patterns, by this age they are now able to differentiate bold colors, as well. Many babies at this stage will also be able to recognize familiar objects when only a part of it is visible. That makes (partial) hide-and-seek a good game to introduce at this point.


How old are most babies when they master cruising?

This skill involves walking while holding on to furniture or people who are in their path. Cruising is a precursor to independent walking with many cruising babies able to let go and stand unsupported for a few seconds. They may also let go of one support and take a step toward another which is just out of their reach.


Do you know how old most babies are when they can pull themselves into standing and sitting positions?

Most babies at this stage who are lying down will be able to get into a sitting or standing positon without any assistance from a caregiver. It is only after this that they master the very difficult skill of sitting down from a standing position.


When do most babies begin to reach for things with a sweeping motion?

Reaching out directly for a desired object is a skill which takes time to master. Before this, babies will tend to swipe at things and rake them in toward themselves.


At what age will most babies be able to stand alone for a couple of seconds?

Most babies who can stand unsupported for a couple of seconds will also soon learn to stop and grab an object nearby and then rise up again. Some physically advanced babies might take their first steps at this point while others may already be walking very well on their own.


Cooing when spoken to can be expected from most babies by what age?

Cooing mostly consists of vowel sounds and tends to start off with “ahh” followed by coos with other vowels. By imitating these sounds, caregivers encourage babies to join in a conversation and most babies will respond with their own ohhs and ahhs when spoken to.


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