Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.
- Pushes up head and upper back while on stomach, supporting on elbows.
- May propel with arm power on stomach to move a few inches.
- Reaches for objects.
- Selects items to hold, may transfer from hand to hand if desired.
- May roll from stomach to back.
- Held in sitting position, may keep head steady.
- Bears weight on and even bounces on legs when held to standing.
- Moro reflex/startle reflex may still be present
- Grasp reflex fades.
- May be startled and overwhelmed by new feats like rolling over.
- Learns to satisfy self by sucking hands.
- Sees variety of colours.
- Begins to understand cause and effect.
- Begins to develop short-term memory.
- Becomes aware of differences in depth and distance.
- Prefers human faces to non-face objects.
- Delights in own hands and feet.
- May sleep a seven- to nine-hour stretch at night.
- Attentive during day up to 15 minutes at a time.
Social And Emotional Development
- Uses smiling skills to communicate with caregivers.
- Laughs, squeals, gurgles, and whimpers in response to others' actions.
- Can be calmed by soothing voice, holding, or seeing the face of parent or familiar caregiver.
- Distinguishes parents from other caregivers, especially the mother; tries to get her attention.
- May make vowel-consonant sound such as ah-goo.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.