Baby First Year: 3rd Month Development & Milestones
Milestones & Development
For more information on 3 month baby development, here is a detailed post.
3 Months Old Baby Development:
You will find her having a good time familiarising with things around her. She now turns to the direction from where your voice is coming and may smile spontaneously. Apart from this here are more developments you will notice in your three months baby.
1. Changes You Must See:
You will be in awe how fast your newborn is growing. Here are some adorable changes you will get to watch:
You baby now recognises faces and may chuckle delightedly at anything that amuses her. You can expect plenty of chomping, sucking, mouthing, drooling and chewing from her at this age.
She has discovered the joy of putting something inside the mouth. Even though her teeth have not developed yet, you can see her jaws strong enough to exert force.
She will now spend half of the time a day looking at her legs and hands.
2. Growth Of Your Little One:
You will find your baby visibly bigger now. If you have pictures of her as a month old baby, you can compare it with how she is now! She looks longer and rounder at 3 months.
You may have already put her newborn clothes at the back of your wardrobe. It’s time for you to shop for some new, bigger-sized clothes!
It is better to wash the newly bought clothes before making your baby wear them. This will ensure whatever your 3 months old baby wears is clean and germ free.
3. Behavioral Changes:
Be prepared for the delightful sequels and coos at this age. This is the way she makes her presence felt.
You will find her practicing her vocal skills and her tonal quality keeps changing with her age.
It might get difficult for you to understand if she is just testing her own voice or protesting against something.
You can communicate by making some silly sounds.
Games such as hide and seek with the blanket and blowing raspberries on her stomach can be fun now.
However, remember, she is too small and thus you should not do anything that scares her.
Interaction And Play:
Your child is now looking for a toy to play, and let us tell you, the best toy for your 3 months baby is you!
Doctors suggest that parents who play with their babies develop a great kind of bonding.
Be as positive and light hearted you can be while playing with her. Let her absorb herself in the games you play with her.
You can also encourage your partner to join you playing with your little one. It can be a great stress buster for him as well.
Make sure to understand her responses that show she has played enough. Her attention span and focus is relatively low at this age, so she will look for a break every now and then.
If she loves the sling, you can carry her facing outwards, so that she can get a good view of the world outside. Make sure to buy a good quality sling.
Safety Comes First:
As your baby has discovered the joy of putting things in her mouth, there are potential risk factors that you should be careful of.
Make sure to check the environment, as you would certainly not want to compromise on her safety in any way.
She is too young to decide what is safe for her. Until she develops this sense you need to be there around all the time and protect her from dangers.
Make sure to safeguard her with pillows, so that she does not topple down from the bed or couch. Even if she is not rolling yet, you never know when she acquires this skill.
Using mosquito nets is a good way to protect your sleeping angel from insects and mosquitoes.
Development Concerns That You Need To Watch For:
Babies follow their own pace when it comes to developments. In rare cases, failure to reach a developmental milestone may signal developmental or medical problems requiring special assistance. In case you notice any of the following signals, you need to notify your doctor immediately:
She does not respond to a loud sound.
She crosses her eyes most of the times.
She does not seem interested in bringing objects to her mouth.
She does not seem to smile at all.
She does not seem to have any affection towards you.
She has trouble moving her eyes.
Your Transition Back To Work:
For most working moms, their maternity leave ends in three months after their delivery. In case you are planning to do get back to your job at this time, you need to arrange for a caregiver.
For some babies, the transition to a childcare or the caregivers is not very easy. Again, sometimes it gets difficult for you to have enough faith on them and leave your little one under their care.
It is very important to have clear conversations with your chosen childcare provider. Your baby should feel safe and secured to get the confidence to explore the world around her.
It is a good idea to write down your baby’s schedule including feeding and sleeping patterns, so that the baby sitter can continue accordingly.
Take a look at some of the important questions that you need to ask yourself:
Does your baby need a burp after being fed?
Is there any specific way that she likes to be held?
Does she drink breast milk only? Have you tried feeding her formula solutions before?
Which particular lullaby she loves listening to before going to bed?
Your baby is beginning to recognize special objects and people around her. She may have her own special toy or blanket that she loves to sleep with. Carry that with you in the child care or to your care giver, so that she feels at home.
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