Growing up: your baby’s stages 0-3 months

You’ll be amazed by how fast your baby grows in the first year. Find information about every child development stage, from a first smile to crawling.

Milestones: 0-3 months

Milestones: 0-3 monthsEvery baby is an individual who grows and learns new skills at a different rate. However, there are some general milestones to watch out for over the first three months. By the end of three months, your baby will probably:

  • Recognise familiar objects, people and sounds, and watch faces and moving objects
  • Smile at the sound of your voice, and turn their head toward sounds; babble and imitate some sounds
  • Raise their head and chest when they’re lying on their stomach, and use their arms to support their upper body
  • Kick their legs when lying on stomach or back; push down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Bring their hand to their mouth, swipe at dangling objects, and grasp/shake small toys
  • Enjoy playing, and even cry when playing stops; imitate some movements and facial expressions

Wellbeing and safety

It is important to keep your baby's safety in mind at all times, both at home and when out and about. Here are some important tips to help you care for your baby and help keep him healthy.

  • Hand washing: this is especially important in the early days. You or anyone else who touches your baby should wash their hands thoroughly with soap or hand wash first, or use a hand sanitiser. You should also wash your hands before preparing a feed, handling sterilised equipment and after nappy changing.
  • Hand sanitiser: if you’re out and about with your baby and don’t have access to soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help kill germs on your hands Avoid visitors who are sick
  • Sterilise equipment: until your baby is one year old, before every use, you need to clean and sterilise any equipment that will touch your baby's milk or go into their mouth, such as bottles, dummies, teething rings, toys, etc.
  • Food preparation surfaces: always clean and disinfect surfaces before using them to prepare feeds
  • Hand contact surfaces: to help stop germs spreading around your home you need to clean and disinfect hand contact surfaces such as toilet seats, door handles and taps
  • Nappy changing mats: after each nappy change, you need to clean and disinfect the nappy changing surfaces or any other surfaces you may have touched while changing
  • Never leave your baby unattended: surprisingly, even a newborn can roll, so be extra vigilant during nappy changing and bathing
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