2-3 months
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In his first couple of months, your baby is becoming more responsive to his world. He’s not quite ready to laugh, but he’ll light up when you pick him up for a fun game of peek-a-boo. He’ll even hold your gaze. As he moves into months 3 and 4, he’ll start to explore by stretching his arms and legs—putting him on the path to a greater understanding of the world around him. And you’ll see more of his personality starting to shine through. Make sure he has the stimulation and good nutrition, including DHA, he needs to help him reach his milestones. The nutrients in a well-balanced diet (whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding or both) are especially important in the first stages of life.
Look for these milestones
Cognitive
Motor
  • Habituation to familiar noises: is able to ‘tune out’ the surrounding environment
  • Has a basic understanding of how one event can lead to another (when he sees a bottle, he knows it is time to eat)
  • Can focus on an object several feet away
  • Has a longer attention span
  • On tummy, he can lift his head for a few seconds
  • Can grasp your finger tightly
  • Uses hands to explore body; may grab feet when lying on back
  • May be able to roll over or rock back and forth on his stomach
  • May be able to hold his head up for a few minutes when propped sitting up
  • Strength is increasing
4-5 months
2-3 months
Newborn
Newborn
Social
Communication
  • May respond to your voice
  • Recognizes your body scent and voice intonation patterns
  • Coos, especially around familiar people
  • May use a variety of sounds and gestures
4-5 months
4-5 months
Newborn
2-3 months
  • First laugh
  • May start making consonant sounds like “b”, “n” and “m”
2-3 months
Newborn
  • Will look to you for comfort
  • Will stop crying when picked up
  • Smiles socially and in response to your smile
  • Becomes more alert and social
  • May demonstrate emotions such as fascination and boredom
  • Watches faces closely; makes and maintains eye contact
  • Begins to decipher emotions from your tone of voice and expressions
4-5 months
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  • Smiles socially and in response to your smile
  • Becomes more alert and social
  • May demonstrate emotions such as fascination and boredom
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Your baby's developmental milestones
Your baby's developmental milestones
2-3 months
Your baby's developmental milestones
Your baby's developmental milestones
  • He prefers to look at high-contrast patterns and bright colours
  • Can focus on objects 9–12 inches away