0-3 Months

0-3 Months
Motor
Milestone
  • 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
Act early by talking to your healthcare provider if your child:
  • 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
 
0 to 3 Month Baby - Motor Milestones to Look For
The 0-3 months motor milestones video shows parents and caregivers examples of motor milestones baby should reach by 3 months old.
 
 
Sensory
Milestone
  • 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
Act early by talking to your healthcare provider if your child:
  • 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
 
0 to 3 Month Baby- Sensory Milestones to Look For
The 0-3 months sensory milestones video shows parents and caregivers examples of sensory milestones baby should reach by 3 months old.
 
 
Communication
Milestone
  • 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
Act early by talking to your healthcare provider if your child:
  • Does not cry when hungry or uncomfortable
  • Does not notice or respond to loud sounds
  • Does not make eye contact or smile at caregiver
 
0 to 3 Month Baby- Communication Milestones to Look For
The 0-3 months sensory milestones video shows parents and caregivers examples of sensory milestones baby should reach by 3 months old.
 
 
Feeding
Milestone
Key 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
At this stage, baby has very little neck and head control. They need to be supported while being fed milk or formula and they cannot digest any other types of food.
Act early by talking to your healthcare provider if your child:
  • Unable to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding
  • Loses a lot of breast milk or formula out of side of mouth while feeding
 
0 to 3 Month Baby- Feeding Milestones to Look For
The 0-3 months feeding milestones video shows parents and caregivers examples of feeding milestones baby should reach by 3 months old.
 
 
Play and Social Skills
Ability
  • Enjoys playful face-to-face interaction with people Coos in response to playful interaction Notices and responds to sounds
 
 
Coordination
Ability
  • Moves legs and arms off of surface when excited Uses vision to follow black and white or brightly colored objects Is able to open and shut hands Is able to bring hands to mouth Is able to be on tummy for short bursts of time
 
 
Daily Activities
Ability
  • Is able to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding Is able to calm during car rides when not tired or hungry Enjoys bath time Is usually able to tolerate diaper changing without crying
 
 
Self-Expression
Ability
  • Is able to be comforted by cuddling or a parent’s touch Is not upset with everyday sounds Is usually happy when not hungry or tired Enjoys varied playful movement experiences, e.g. bouncing on knees Is able to calm with experiences, such as rocking, touching, and calm sounds Does not demonstrate frequent or long bouts of being upset.