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Infant Developmental Milestones -- The First 3 Months

Certain skills may be present by the time your baby is three months old. These skills are known as infant "developmental milestones," and cover several physical and social areas. Some of the milestones that your baby may achieve by three months of age include reaching for dangling objects, recognizing their name, and making vocalizations other than crying.

An Introduction to the First Three Months of Developmental Milestones

Newborn babies are born with many special skills that help them adapt and thrive in their new environment. They also develop new abilities in a short period of time that help them learn, adapt, and establish bonds. These new abilities that appear slowly throughout a child's life are commonly referred to as "developmental milestones."
 
Your child's healthcare provider uses developmental milestones to check how your infant is developing. Although each milestone has a general age range, the actual age when a normally developing child reaches that milestone can vary quite a bit.
 

Specific Early Infant Developmental Milestones -- Birth to 3 Months

A child's infancy is a special time. They are learning and growing so quickly. It's great to watch and see these new abilities emerge one by one. As each developmental milestone is achieved, your baby is able to adapt and thrive in their environment just a little more.
 
According to the widely regarded Denver Developmental Scale, the following skills might be present by the time a baby is three months old. These early developmental milestones that your baby will likely achieve during this time are:
 
New Physical Abilities -- Gross Motor Skills
 
  • Brings hands within range of eyes and mouth
  • While lying on tummy -- at one month -- lifts head 45 degrees to body
  • While lying on tummy -- at two months -- lifts head 90 degrees to body
  • Achieves head and neck control
  • Raises up and supports him- or herself on elbows
  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Takes swipes and reaches for dangling objects with hands
  • Sucks and swallows well during feeding time
  • Rolls over -- either front to back or back to front.
     
Language Skills
 
  • Coos or makes vocalizations other than crying
  • Responds to loud sounds
  • Turns head toward a sound source
  • Watches your face when you speak.
     
Fine Motor (Adaptive) Skills
 
  • Can consistently focus both eyes
  • Can track a moving toy from side to side
  • Will blink or turn away when shown a bright light
  • Starts using hands and eyes in coordination.
     
Personal/Social Skills
 
  • Models your smile back to you
  • Laughs
  • Recognizes own name.
     
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Infant Developmental Milestones

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