Your Baby's First-Year Milestones
(New born To 3 Months Baby)
baby first year, baby development

baby first year, baby development
Your baby will change dramatically in her first year. This reference shows you what to look out for, so you don't miss a thing.

baby first year, baby development
baby first year, baby development

New born baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • blurred vision
  • can focus on things close up (10-12 inches away)
  • blinks when at bright light
  • naturally drawn to eyes
  • prefers her mother's voice
  • ignores monotonous, steady sounds

Motor skills

  • Movements are sudden, clumsy and jerky
  • Blinks when an object moves close to her face
  • Turns to side if nose and mouth are covered

Verbal and social skills 

  • Cries to show she's hungry, in pain or discomfort
  • Calms down when held, cuddled or stroked
  • May give you her first fleeting smile

1 month

Seeing and hearing

  • Focuses more clearly on close objects
  • Looks at and recognizes your face
  • Tries to follow slow-moving, close objects but her eyes movements are very jerky
  • Listens to your voice and picks it out from others

Motor skills

  • Tremors and sudden movements are disappearing
  • Has better head control
  • May be able to wriggle around a little bit
  • Smiles when she sees a familiar face

Verbal and social skills 

  • Anticipates a feeling of comfort, as you approach her cot
  • Her trust in you grows, as you begin to learn her needs
  • Opens and closes her mouth when you speak

2 months baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Sees all colours
  • Starts to know the difference between near and her objects
  • Focuses more clearly on close objects
  • May recognize your face in a photo
  • Takes more notice of the sounds around her

Motor skills

  • Better control of her body movements
  • Adjusts her head and neck to reach the nipple
  • Lifts her head when lying on her stomach
  • May make her first crawling movements

Verbal and social skills 

  • Makes babbling sounds and loves it when you coo back at her
  • Smiles more often

3 months

Seeing and hearing

  • Stares intensely at objects
  • Intrigued by her own hands
  • Learns the link between sight and sound, and will turn her head at the sound of her mother's voice or a rattle

Motor skills

  • Reaches out and tries to grasp things
  • Makes cycling movements with her legs

Verbal and social skills 

  • Enjoys talking baby babble with you
  • Smiles instantly at your face
  • Begins to attach meanings to certain objects, so will react when she sees a bottle
  • Bond with you deepens, as you verbally interact more

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