Baby Development – Milestones In The First 3 Months Of Your Baby’s Life


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Baby development and milestones go hand in hand. Your baby grows the most in the first year of his life. Milestones are physical and behavioral checkpoints in your baby’s child development journey. As your baby grows, they achieve these milestones and develop additional skills. These skills are known as abilities. Each child achieves milestones at a different pace. There are some of the common baby development milestones for ages 1 to 3 months. 

Baby Development – Milestones In The First 3 Months Of Your Baby’s Life
Baby Development – Milestones In The First 3 Months Of Your Baby’s Life

Motor Milestones Of Baby Development

In the first 3 months of your child’s birth, your child should achieve these following milestones.

  • Pushes himself up on his arms while lying on his tummy
  • Lifts and holds his head up while lying on his tummy
  • Open and close his fists
  • Raise his hands to his mouth
  • Wave legs and arms in the air when excited

Sensory Milestones

Some of the sensory milestones your child should achieve in the first 3 months are:

  • Reaches for a toy above his chest while lying on his back
  • Tracks a moving toy while lying on his back
  • Keeps his head centered to look at toys or faces while lying on his back
  • Calms down when rocked, touched or exposed to gentle sounds
  • Enjoys several movements

Communication Milestones Of Baby Development

  • Smiles or keeps quiet when he hears a voice or sound
  • Turns towards a voice or sound
  • Faces interest him
  • Makes eye contact
  • Cries differently for their different needs
  • Smiles and coos when happy

Feeding Milestones

There are several milestones that a child achieves at this age. During this stage of baby development, a baby has very little head control. Therefore, the will need support while being fed. Also, it is important to feed them only formula or milk as they can’t digest any other food. The milestones they achieve at this stage include:

  • Latch on to the bottle or nipple
  • The tongue moves back and forth while sucking
  • Drinks up to 6 oz. of formula or milk per feeding
  • Feeds 6 times a day
  • Swallows and sucks well during feeding

Social Skills And Milestones Of Baby Development

At this stage, a child notices and responds to familiar voices or sounds. They also enjoy face-to-face playful interactions with people. During playful interactions, they coo and smile.

They enjoy their bath time and also calms down during car rides.  They don’t cry as much during diaper changing. The best part is that they don’t demonstrate long bouts of being upset anymore.

Things To Keep In Mind During This Child Development Stage

Baby Development – Milestones In The First 3 Months Of Your Baby’s Life
Baby Development – Milestones In The First 3 Months Of Your Baby’s Life

Talk to a healthcare provider if you find your child missing any milestones. This may be a sign of prematurity.  It may not be a cause for concern if your child misses one or two milestones as each child develops at his own pace. However, you may want to take things seriously if your child misses many abilities. 

Keep a checklist of the various baby development milestones and tick them off as your child achieves them. This also helps in keeping a check on how quickly your baby is growing.

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