2-3 Months Milestones

Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Raises head and chest when lying on tummy
  • Supports upper body and arms when lying on tummy
  • Waves, kicks, and squirms when lying on back or tummy
  • Opens and shuts hands
  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Swipes at dangling objects with hands
  • Grasps toys or other objects when put in hand and shapes them
  • Sustained grasp response
  • Midline hand play
  • Object manipulation
  • Head lag on pull to sit
  • Thumb in palm, fingers flexed (bent)
  • Reflex hand/flaring open
Language/Oral Motor Skills
  • Smiles at sound of familiar voices or sight of familiar faces
  • Begins to babble
  • Startles to loud sounds
  • Says “ooh” and “ahah”
  • Laughs and possibly squeals
  • Suck/swallow reflex
  • Tongue, jaw, and lips work as one unit
  • Tongue movement in/out pattern
  • Tongue is cupped to provide channel for backward movement of liquid
  • Rooting reflex
  • Phasic bite reflex
  • Gag reflex
Personal and Social
  • Begins to smile in response to someone else’s smile
  • Enjoys playing with others and may cry when people stop or leave
  • Becomes more communicative and expressive with face and body
  • Imitates some movements and facial expressions
  • Appears fussy at times, often at end of the day
  • Watches mother’s face
  • Begins eye focus and follows horizontally at 6″–10″ side to midline
  • Has longer periods of focus; follows objects; learns to use eyes together
  • Circular eye movement
  • Visual response to environment and sound
Other Characteristics
  • Watches faces intently
  • Responds to loud sounds by becoming quiet and still, or with general body movements
  • Follows moving objects
  • Recognizes familiar objects and people at a distance
  • Looks at own hands, and stares with hands and eyes in coordination
  • Stares at things a lot
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