Milestone Mondays- Birth to 3 Months!

I decided to make a post about the newborn months since a few of my friends have recently given birth to their first little ones!  I realized that I do not know too much about milestones in the first 2-3 months since I work in an outpatient setting and my youngest patients are already 6-8 weeks old when they come into see me for what is most likely torticollis.  You can read more about that diagnosis in my previous post.

I compiled these milestones from a few sites: March of Dimes , , and a great resource I referenced in a previous post, the CDC Act Early site.

Below, I have summarized the newborn milestones from these sites.  This list is not a guideline to make anyone worried.  I would use it is as general info about milestones to look forward to in the first 3 months if you’re curious 🙂

1 month:

By the end of their first month, most babies:

  • Make jerky, quivering arm movements
  • Bring hands near face
  • Keep hands in tight fists
  • Move head from side to side while lying on stomach
  • Focus on objects 8 to 12 inches away
  • Prefer human faces over other shapes
  • Prefer black-and-white or high-contrast patterns
  • Hear very well
  • Recognize some sounds, including parents’ voices
  • Have minimal head control
  • Lift head from adult’s shoulder
  • Lift head when on stomach
  • Thrust limbs in play
  • Digs heels in when lying down
  • Notice direction of sound
  • Distinguish among sounds

2 months:

By the end of their second month, most babies:

  • Makes smoother movements with arms and legs
  • Rolls part way (ie: from side to tummy or side to back)
  • Hold head in midline for a brief period
  • Make more voluntary actions, like reaching for objects
  • Raise head and chest when lying on stomach
  • Remembers object when it reappears
  • Responds to parents’ presence
  • Shows longer memory
  • Studies their own hands
  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
  • Tries to look at parent
  • Coos, makes gurgling sounds
  • Turns head toward sounds
  • Pays attention to faces
  • Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
  • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change

3 months:

By the end of their third month, most babies:

  • Support upper body with arms when lying on stomach
  • Stretch legs out and kick when lying on stomach or back
  • Push down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Follow moving object with eyes
  • Watch faces closely
  • Recognize familiar objects and people at a distance
  • Start using hands and eyes in coordination
  • Bring hands to mouth
  • Grab and shake hand toys
  • Open and shut hands
  • Holds and waves toy
  • Bring object to mouth
  • Begin to babble and to imitate some sounds
  • Smile at the sound of parents’ voices
  • Enjoy playing with other people
  • May cry when playing stops
  • Holds head erect in sitting position
  • Shows more muscle tone

If you do have concerns about your baby’s milestones, make sure to discuss your concerns with your pediatrician and to not google too much because it will drive you crazy!

You can also see the CDC’s Act Early Site for additional resources.

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