Monday, November 1, 2010

What Can My 0-3 Month Old Do?

Now that we have a baby in the house, I've been refreshing myself on infant development. It's helpful to know what some milestones are, so that you can choose developmentally appropriate activities!

Here's a list of some of the things a 0-3 month old can do. I am not listing when these skills emerge, because every baby is different. However, I am listing them from easiest (newborn) to more advanced (~3 months) skills.

  • feel, taste, smell, and hear
  • move arms and legs
  • cry when in need
  • enjoy being held and spoken to
  • see things 8-12" away
  • begin to turn head
  • make eye contact
  • look at clear simple pictures or designs
  • grasp a small object briefly
  • make cooing sounds
  • lift head
  • smile
  • imitate expressions
  • study hands and feet
  • follow toys from side to side
  • reach for an object or a person
A helpful chart can be found at the Family Enrichment Program Website. 

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