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During the first three months of life, baby is learning many new skills. Although all babies develop at different speeds, there are some key milestones your baby should accomplish during these early months. Explore the tabs below to find developmental milestones, learn fun games to play with baby. Also watch videos and download print materials to track baby’s developmental progress.

What are developmental milestones baby should be reaching by 3 months?

Listed below are developmental milestones baby should be reaching by 3 months old, as well as warning signs of possible delays. Topics below are sorted by motorsensory, communication, and feeding milestones.

Motor Milestones

  • While lying on tummy, pushes up on arms
  • While lying on tummy, lifts and holds head up
  • Able to move fists from closed to open
  • Able to bring hands to mouth
  • Moves legs and arms off of surface when excited

Sensory Milestones

  • While lying on back, attempts to reach for a toy held above their chest
  • While lying on back, visually tracks a moving toy from side to side
  • While lying on back, keeps head centered to watch faces or toys
  • Able to calm with rocking, touching, and gentle sounds
  • Enjoys a variety of movements

Communication Milestones

  • Quiets or smiles in response to sound or voice
  • Turns head towards sound or voice
  • Shows interest in faces
  • Makes eye contact
  • Cries differently for different needs (e.g. hungry vs. tired)
  • Coos and smiles

Feeding Milestones

  • Latches onto nipple or bottle
  • Tongue moves forward and back to suck
  • Drinks 2 oz. to 6 oz. of liquid per feeding, 6 times per day
  • Sucks and swallows well during feeding

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Possible Warning Signs

Motor

  • Difficulty lifting head
  • Stiff legs with little or no movement
  • Keeps hands fisted and lacks arm movement
  • Pushes back with head while lying on back

Sensory

  • Does not follow an object with their eyes
  • Frequently resists being held
  • Fists remain closed most of the time
  • Does not enjoy different types of movement

Communication

  • Does not cry when hungry or uncomfortable
  • Does not notice or respond to loud sounds
  • Does not make eye contact or smile at caregiver

Feeding

  • Unable to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding
  • Loses a lot of breast milk or formula out of side of mouth while feeding

For infants, activities like Tummy Time and play are just as important as reaching milestones!

Tummy Time helps kids strengthen the neck, back, and shoulder muscles needed to reach important motor milestones. Try these 5 Tummy Time moves to get baby to spend at least one hour on their tummy every day.

Did you know that kids use all seven senses to reach important milestones? Our sensory integration tools teach you how to stimulate baby’s senses and what sensory milestones to look for at every age.

Even before they speak, babies communicate with us in many ways. Learn how to help baby meet communication milestones, teach them baby sign language, and more on our communication page.

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