While every baby develops differently, these are common milestones for babies up to 3 months old.


How much will my baby grow?

  • Weight: average gain of 1.5 to 2 pounds
  • Height: average growth of more than 1 inch
  • Head size: average growth of 0.5 inch

What can my baby do?

  • Head bobs
  • Turn head from side to side when placed on the stomach
  • Bring hands or objects to mouth
  • Look at hands
  • Follow light, faces, objects
  • Listen to sounds
  • Hold, then drop a rattle or other object

What does my baby say?

  • Begin to imitate some sounds (coos, vowel sounds)
  • Cries become more purposeful and are different for hunger, fatigue, etc.

What does my baby understand?

  • Familiar voices, especially of mother and father
  • Smiles in response to others
  • Responds to social contact, may coo
  • Moves arms, legs, body in rhythm with other's voice

How can I help my baby's development?

  • Hold your baby face to face and make eye contact.
  • Talk to your baby with a soothing, animated voice throughout the day.
  • Sing to your baby.
  • Give your baby rattles and soft toys with different sounds.
  • Let your baby hear different sounds (i.g., wind chime, ticking clock, soft music).
  • Show your baby bright pictures of black-and-white images.
  • Hang a mobile with bright objects above your baby.
  • Call your baby by name.
  • Hold your baby during feedings and provide comfort when he or she is distressed and cuddling when happy.