Developmental Milestones and Skills for Infants 0-3 Months

Developmental Skills for 0-3 Months

Social and Emotional

q Develops a social smile (smiles in response to caregiver)
q Begins to enjoy playing with a person
q Becomes more expressive with face and body
q Imitates some movements and facial expressions

Speech and Language

q Smiles at the sound of a familiar voice
q Babbling begins with vowel sounds (cooing, gooing, and gargle sounds)
q Turns head toward the direction of a sound
q Startles to a loud or new sound


q Intently watches faces
q Follows moving object with eyes
q Appears to recognize familiar people from a distance
q Begins using hands and eyes together
q Startles to a loud or new sound


qFollows moving objects with eyes
qFocuses on faces
qLooks at a toy in own hand
qWatches and/or notices own hands

Gross Motor

qRaises head and chest when on stomach
qStretches legs and kicks when on back or stomach
qPushes down on legs when on a flat surface
qKicks feet alternatively (one foot kicks at a time)

Fine Motor

qSupports upper body with arms when on stomach
qOpens and shuts hands
qBrings hands to mouth
qSwipes at a dangling object with hands
qHolds and shakes a toy in hand
qAccidently releases objects
qWatches own hands

Each child develops at his/her own pace. Do not be alarmed if your child does not follow this exact sequence. If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your doctor.  

A child in this age range could be referred to the Early Intervention Program. For more information contact your physician or the Public Health Department in your county:

Oswego County Health Services EI (315) 349-3500
Onondaga County Health Dept Special Svs (315) 435-3230
Jefferson County Community Services: (315) 785-3283
Lewis County Public Health Agency: (315) 376-5849
Madison County Public Health Department: (315) 366-2361
Oneida County Health Department: (315) 798-5249 

You may request that Little Lukes coordinate the evaluation or provide Early Intervention services including speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy.   Little Lukes is a leading provider of Early Intervention pediatric therapy services in Central New York.   Visit for information. 

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