Dreamer Discovery Newborn Through Age One




  • Newborn – Age 1


  • 5 days a week; all day
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday; all day
  • Tuesday and Thursday; all day


  • Supports head and upper body when on stomach
  • Stretches out legs and kick when on stomach or back
  • Opens and shut hands
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Grabs and shakes hand toys
  • Swipes and bats at dangling objects
  • Pushes down legs when on a flat surface
  • Follows moving objects with eyes
  • Turning their head to face the stimulus
  • Rolls over both ways (stomach to back, back to stomach)
  • Sits up with, and then without, support of his hands
  • Reaches for object with one hand using the raking grasp
  • Transfers objects from hand to hand
  • Supports whole weight when on legs and held upright
  • Explores objects with hands and mouth
  • Gets in and out of a sitting position independently
  • Gets on hands-and-knees position and crawls
  • Pulls self up to standing position, walks holding on to furniture, stands without support and, eventually, takes a few steps without support and begins to walk
  • Uses pincer grasp (thumb and first finger)
  • Places objects into container and takes them out of container
  • Begins to do more functional activities, such as hold a spoon or turn pages in a book


  • Makes cooing sounds
  • Laughs
  • Babbles consonants (like ba-ba-ba-ba-ba)
  • Caregivers provide opportunity to communicate with baby during diaper changes, feedings, playtime, reading stories, etc.
  • Says “mama” and “dada” and uses these terms specifically referring to a parent
  • Uses exclamations such as “0h-oh!”
  • Tries to imitate words and may say first word
  • Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no” or waving for “bye-bye”
  • Plays interactive gesture games, such as pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo


  • Begins to Smile at familiar faces
  • Enjoys playing with other people
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice
  • Finds partially hidden objects
  • Easily finds hidden objects
  • Uses objects correctly such as holding phone up to ear or drinking from a cup
  • Is shy around strangers
  • Cries when mom or dad leaves(Separation Anxiety)