NEWBORN
NEWBORN
COGNITIVE
He prefers to look at high-contrast patterns and bright colours
Can focus on objects 9–12 inches away
MOTOR
On tummy, he can lift his head for a few seconds
Can grasp your finger tightly
COMMUNICATION
May respond to your voice
Recognizes your body scent and voice intonation patterns
SOCIAL
Will look to you for comfort
Will stop crying when picked up
2-3 MONTHS
COGNITIVE
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)
MOTOR
May be able to hold his head up for a few minutes when propped sitting up
Strength is increasing
COMMUNICATION
Coos, especially around familiar people
May use a variety of sounds and gestures
SOCIAL
Smiles socially and in response to your smile
Becomes more alert and social
May demonstrate emotions such as fascination and boredom
2-3 MONTHS
4-5 MONTHS
COGNITIVE
Can focus on an object several feet away
Has a longer attention span
MOTOR
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
COMMUNICATION
First laugh
May start making consonant sounds like “b”, “n” and “m”
SOCIAL
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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Your baby's developmental milestones
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.
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