"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."
"If you have any concerns related to your childs own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.
2 - 3 MONTHS
Body movements become smoother, more controlled or rhythmical. When lying on his back, he enjoys moving arms and legs vigorously, at times symmetrical or in bicycle motion.
Lifts chest for a few seconds while lying on tummy. When held against your chest, will push away and look over your shoulder.
Holds head steady when sitting with support or held.
Discovers hands and fingers.
Grasps with more control now. Hands are open most of the time. Can shake and hold a rattle. Enjoys looking at hands in front of face. Can grab one with the other and sucks on fist or fingers.
Begins to sleep for longer periods at night. Sleeps about 15 hours (10 hours at night and about 3 naps during the day)
Bats at objects with entire body. Likes the feel of different textures. Feels her own face with hands.
Focuses clearly 12 inches away. May follow moving objects and explore surroundings by moving head from side to side. Likes brighter colors rather than pastels. Prefers moving objects like black and white mobile. Makes eye contact.
Shows more emotions: excitement, delight, distress.
Cries less frequently. Uses different cries for different needs and pauses for your response.
Semi-upright position best for play as in an infant carrier.
Makes cooing and gurgling sounds like "ah, oh, eh," when content or happy or when talked to. Can screech, squeal, holler and growl.
Distinguishes the differences in male and female voices and angry or friendly voices. Responds to name more frequently.
Gets upset when an adult leaves sight. Sparkles with recognition and smiles spontaneously. Wiggles and flaps arms as signaling "pick me up."
Quiets when held or talked to.
Responds to Mother more than anyone else. Actually stops nursing to smile at Mother. Smiles more frequently at others.
Does not understand that an object exists when out of site.