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Developmental milestones at 3 months

By now, you're basking in the warmth of your baby's delighted smiles! Your 3-month old actively enjoys playtime now, amusing you both when he imitates your facial expressions. He's starting to babble and mimic the sounds you make.

You no longer need to support his head. When he's on his stomach, he can lift his head and chest, and even do the mini-pushups that set the stage for rolling over. He can open and close his hands, shake toys, swat at dangling objects, bring his hands to his mouth, and push down with his legs if you hold him in a standing position.

His hand-eye coordination is improving. You'll notice him closely tracking objects that interest him and focusing intently on faces. He's able to recognize you from across the room!

Your role

Don't worry about spoiling your baby: Responding to him promptly helps him feel secure and loved. You can help him learn to soothe himself by guiding his thumb to his mouth or offering him a pacifier.
Continue to make tummy time part of his daily routine so he can practice his new skills and strengthen his muscles. When he's on his tummy, give him toys and safe objects he can reach for, hold, and explore.
Give your baby lots of loving attention. Talk to him throughout the day, describing what you're doing and naming familiar objects. Read books together. Share cuddles, play games, and encourage his efforts to roll over, grab toys, and "talk" with you.
Red flags

Each child develops at his own pace, but talk to your child's doctor if your 3-month-old:

Can't support his head well
Can't grasp objects
Can't focus on moving objects
Doesn't smile
Doesn't react to loud sounds
Ignores new faces
Seems upset by unfamiliar people or surroundings
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Baby milestones: 1 to 6 months


As you learn what milestones your baby is likely to achieve this year, keep in mind that this is only a guideline. Each child is unique and develops at her own pace. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, and you probably don't need to be concerned unless you notice one of the red flags described below.

Developmental milestones at 1 month

The first days with your 1-month-old can be a blur of feeding, changing diapers, settling her to sleep, and responding to her wails. But within a few weeks, she'll start to take more notice of your voice, face, and touch.



Your baby can't focus farther than 8 to 12 inches away – just the right distance for her to gaze at your face. Black-and-white patterns also draw his attention. His hearing is fully developed and he might turn toward familiar sounds, such as your voice.

He can lift his head briefly and turn it to the side when he is on his stomach, but when his upright, his head and neck still need support. Although his arms move jerkily, he can get his hands close to his mouth.

Your role

Enjoy getting to know your baby: Cuddle him, talk to him, and learn how he signals when his sleepy or hungry. Be attentive and responsive. You can't spoil a baby!

Give him plenty of tummy time from the start when his awake so he can strengthen his muscles. Encourage him to look at and reach for toys.
Make sure he gets plenty of time outside. Go for walks with him and take him to the park or playground. He'll enjoy the outdoors, relaxing with you, and being around other children.
Get close and make eye contact with your baby when you talk, sing, and read to him.
Play simple games when his alert and in the mood, such as peekaboo or mimicking his sounds.
Learn the signs that he's had enough play and needs some down time.

Red flags

Each child develops at his own pace, but talk to your baby's doctor if your 1-month-old:

Feeds slowly or doesn't suck well
Doesn't seem to focus her eyes or watch things moving nearby
-Doesn't react to bright lights
-Seems especially stiff or floppy
-Doesn't respond to loud sounds

When your baby is born, he’ll already recognize your voice and smell. Through these senses and others, your baby will begin to bond with you.
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