Congratulations, you're a mom! Now all your pregnancy worries are behind you and a whole new set of newborn worries have set in. When it comes to development, babies advance at different rates. However, there are some general guidelines and milestones to look for in the first three months of your baby's life.

Sights and sounds

Your baby may be startled by loud or unusual noises, and he or she will be comforted by the sound of your voice.

As vision is beginning to develop, your child will start to make more eye contact, particularly during feedings, and track objects with his eyes. He or she may also discover and study his or her hands and feet.

Motor skills

During the first three months of your baby's life, he or she will begin to develop basic motor skills. Your newborn's head will be very wobbly, but by three months he or she will be able to lift his head while lying on his tummy. Though your child can't roll over quite yet, he or she may be able to turn from his or her back onto a side. Your baby's also developing his or her grip, grabbing on to your finger or grasping a toy for a few moments.


By month two, your little one will start to coo, smile and even blow bubbles. By the end of the third month, he or she may begin reaching for you when he or she needs comfort or attention. Your child may also begin to shriek and laugh.

How to nurture development

Hold and rock your baby as much as possible. This will help your baby to feel safe, secure and loved. Respond to your child's cries -- it will help with bonding and attachment, as well as help him or her to develop the confidence to self soothe. Start tummy time sessions with close supervision by placing your baby on his or her tummy and encouraging him or her to pick up his head or play. These tummy time sessions should be just a couple minutes at a time at first. By the end of the third month, your baby should be able to hold his or her head steady and higher than his or her bottom for up to ten seconds while on his tummy.

Cause for concern

Though all babies develop at different rates, you should look out for some red flags. If baby makes no attempt to lift his or her head when on his or her stomach, shows no improvement in head control and does not respond at all to loud noises or bright lights, talk to your healthcare provider. Poor weight gain may also be a reason for concern.

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