Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 3 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do. At this stage your baby will have more control over his head movement.

Typical Skills

  • Keeps head in mid-position while on her back, and moves her arm and leg on one side in unison, then the arm and leg of the other side
  • Raises head and chest when on tummy
  • Holds head up with more control
  • Sits with support on a lap

Emerging Skills

  • Swipes with arms
  • Tonic neck reflex (characterized by bobbing head) begins to disappear
  • When pulled to stand, presses feet against surface and stands briefly with support
  • Lifts head and supports chest on extended forearms
  • Splashes and kicks with hands and feet when in the bathtub

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