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Developmental Milestones for Your 3-Month Old

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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 3 Months Old I Can:

  • Lift my head and chest when laying on my stomach
  • Follow a moving object or person with my eyes
  • Grasp a rattle or finger
  • Wiggle and kick my legs
  • Smile back at people
  • Make cooing or babbling sounds
  • Cry in different ways to tell you what I need


To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Have my hearing screened before I am 3 months old
  • Give me different and interesting things to look at
  • Provide me with big, soft and safe toys to explore with my mouth
  • Hold me when feeding me a bottle
  • Follow my natural schedule for feeding and sleeping
  • Comfort me by talking in a soft and soothing voice
  • Cuddle and hold me frequently
  • Let me sleep 14 to 17 hours each day
  • Follow the Doctor's directions on what to feed me
  • Not let me go to sleep with a bottle in my bed
  • Protect my skin and eyes from direct sunshine
  • Put me to sleep on my back
  • Place me securely in the back seat in a safe car seat that fits me
  • Wipe my gums with a soft cloth each day
  • Help me support my head and neck when you hold me upright
  • Follow the Doctor's schedule for well baby check-ups


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