How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. What can we do during this incredibly important period to ensure that children have a strong foundation for future development?

What’s unique to your two month old? What is typical of a three month old?

Social and Emotional Milestones 
  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm herself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
  • Tries to look at parent
Communication Milestones
  • Coos, makes gurgling sounds video icon
  • Turns head toward sounds
Physical Milestones
Gross motor/Fine motor
  • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
  • Makes smoother movements with arms and legs
Cognitive Milestones
Learning, thinking, problem-solving
  • 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


Questions about these milestones and your child’s development? Refer to our developmental screening & early supports page.



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Center for Disease Control,