Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Services System of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

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Milestones - By 3 Months - Print Version

The developmental milestones listed within each of these age groups mark the progress of young children as they learn to communicate and develop their speech and language skills. If your child is not meeting one or more of the developmental milestones or if you are concerned about your child's speech and language development please contact us at: 1-888-503-8885


  • Likes to listen to your voice
  • Is comforted by cuddles
  • Is scared by loud, angry voices
  • Likes to watch your face
  • Stops to listen to new sounds
  • Is startled by loud noises


  • Makes different sounds: squeals, coos and cries
  • Makes different cries for different needs: “I’m hungry,” “I’m tired.”
  • Smiles at faces
  • Likes singing and tickling games; takes a turn by looking, smiling and moving

Play Development

  • Likes face to face play with an adult
  • Enjoys simple songs with silly sounds and facial expressions

Teachable Moments

  • Talk to your baby during regular routines throughout the day such as diaper time, bath time, and dressing.
  • Talk about what you are doing and use your baby’s name frequently. Use real words (e.g., “give me…” not “Ta-ta”).

Things You Can Try At Home

  • Singing and tickling games, e.g. “This Little Piggy”
  • When your baby coos, get face to face, smile and coo back.
  • Copy the sounds your baby makes.¬†Use a fun and lively voice and wait to see what he does next.
  • Look into your baby’s eyes, and speak to him softly in a sing-song voice.¬†Smile and wait (up to 10 seconds) to see if he will try to copy your sounds.

What To Watch Out For

  • A child who is not responding to voices
  • A child who is not startled by loud sounds
  • A child who avoids eye contact