Your three-month-old baby is discovering the world. How amazing is that? As your little one becomes more engaged during playtime, you might be inspired to get in on the fun—and you should! However, don't be nervous about giving your three-month-old some solo (but supervised) play time when they can explore toys, observe the environment around them and practice their ever-developing skills.
With a baseline understanding of a three-month-old baby's milestones, you can track progress and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns. And, remember, even when it seems like you are sitting on the sidelines, you have a big role to play. After all, who wouldn't want a personal cheerleader there to support developmental milestones?
Three-month-old baby milestones
At three months old, many babies who experienced colic are coming out of it. Yes, we'll applaud that! As a result, you can get some more quality bonding time and really can begin to appreciate their personality.
Here's what The American Academy of Pediatrics says about three-month-old baby milestones.
- Your three-month-old's vision has come a long way since birth! They now enjoy watching faces intently. If you get the feeling you are being watched, it's probably because you are by your precious little admirer!
- With sharp hearing, your baby may not like loud, surprising sounds—but they sure do love the sound of your voice. They will turn their head toward you when they hear you speak.
- Your baby can get into cobra pose by supporting their upper body on their arms while practicing tummy time.
- Walking is still a ways off, but your three-month-old is ready to get those muscles working by pushing firmly down on the ground when held upright above a surface.
- Improved hand-eye coordination skills help your baby accurately reach for and grab items placed around them. (This is your cue to skip your dangling earrings for a while.)
- Your baby can grasp and shake toys in their hand. They also like bringing objects to their mouth, so be careful they can't grab anything small enough to be a choking hazard.
How to support your three-month-old baby’s development this month
Up for a little homework assignment, mama? Here are some three months old baby activities to support your cutie's development.
- Soothe your three-month-old baby by snuggling and having calm moments together. It may be tempting to go-go-go while they are awake, but it can help you both to slow down on occasion.
- Play with your three-month-old baby by introducing a few new toys they can bat at, grab or play with. An interactive play gym is a good bet!
- Engage your three-month-old baby's senses by having "conversations" even though they are one-sided. By giving your baby the chance to respond and then pretending like you do, they are learning about communication.
It’s science: There’s no such thing as “spoiling” your baby
Your three-month-old baby has come a long way. But, really, they are still a baby. A very young baby! And that means their top priority in life is getting their needs met and feeling comfort.
As Dr. David Mrazek, chairman of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic, said, "During the first six months, it's really impossible to spoil a child. Meeting an infant's need to be comforted, held and fed in a predictable fashion helps him feel secure and builds a loving relationship between parent and child. It does not lead to spoiling."
We believe there's truly something to be said for "mama knows best." As you continue to get to know your baby, their personality and their interests, you can support them—while also learning to your intuition when it comes to helping them meet their baby milestones.
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