3 Months Milestone
Here’s what to expect in the first three months of your baby’s life.
The majority of children will achieve these development milestones by the time they turn 3 months. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.
Evaluate your child with this checklist
It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.
- Lift head when lying on tummy
- Lift head when pulled to sitting position
- Kick vigorously
- Hold back firm when held in sitting position
- Any differences between right and left sides of body (in strength, movement or muscle tone)
- Head falls back when pulled to sitting position
- Follow objects from side to side with eyes
- Hold object briefly in hand
- Look at own hand
- Persistent fisting of hands (doesn’t let go of objects)
Talking and understanding
- Take turns in vocalising (making voice sounds)
- Make two or more speech sounds
- Respond to sound
- Search for sound with eyes
- Respond to mother’s voice
- Enjoy being touched or picked up
- Recognise mother
- Make active movements
- Put hands to mouth
- Show an active, visual interest in the world and people
- Have times of being alert
Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.
Originally produced by Child Development Network.