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.
- May lift head briefly, possibly to as much as 45 or 90 degrees, when placed on stomach.
- Turns head to keep his nose off the mattress so he can breathe.
- May roll part way to his side when on his back.
- Held in a sitting position may keep head in line with his back.
- May dig heels into the mattress and propel body the full length of cot when on his back.
- Focuses on a face.
- Sees bright and colourful objects.
- Follows object moved in an arch about 6 inches above his face, and may clasp it with hands or feet.
- Remembers objects for 2 1/2 seconds.
- Can distinguish objects from people and even from other objects.
- Senses changes in temperature.
- Reacts to bad smells.
- Can tell sweet from bitter tastes.
- Anticipates feeding time.
Social And Emotional Development
- Displays individual temperament in activity level, response to stimulation, ability to be soothed or quieted when crying.
- Quiets when picked up.
- May still be comforted by swaddling or being held upright, close to parent's shoulder.
- May smile in response to your smile.
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.