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Your 3-month-old is reaching out to discover his world.


Make the most of their milestones:

It's probably hard to believe that just three short months ago, that adorable baby was in your belly. Now he's constantly developing new skills and abilities, making play time even more fun! So we've put together a guide of new milestones to watch for and tips for encouraging your curious, growing baby through playtime.

Your baby's vision is improving, which means he's ready to discover things near and far. Take time to identify the world around him, and provide toys that stimulate his auditory skills like a musical shaker as he starts to grip and reach for new things. And don't be shy about singing—he thinks you're the best singer ever!

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Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's third month.

Thinking

Your baby can see and recognize things farther away.

  • Try This: Take him on walks while you narrate what you see.

Engaging

He enjoys playing and responds to facial expressions and sounds.

  • Try This: Hold out toys that light up and play music (like the Ocean Glow Sensory Shaker) for him to swat at while you play.

Communicating

Coos are turning into babbles, and he may start to copy your sounds.

  • Try This: Talk as much as you can, including helping him to learn animal sounds.

Moving

He has started to swat, grip, and shake toys.

  • Try This: Offer safe-sized toys he can bat at, grab, and play with.

Your postpartum life:

You've officially been at this mama gig for three months — and you're undoubtedly starting to feel like you've hit your stride. As much time as you put into learning your baby's rhythms, make sure to pay attention to what your body needs too. Set aside time for some restoring self-care, whether it's a long bath, a strengthening yoga class, or a night out with your partner. You've definitely earned it!

You're (finally!) past the notorious “fourth trimester"! Now the real fun begins.



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: healthychildren.org and WebMD

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking. Late Wednesday night news broke that Rivera was missing and presumed drowned after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found floating alone on a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said the mother and her preschooler were swimming near the boat Wednesday afternoon. Josey got back into the rented boat after the swim but his mother did not. The preschooler was later found by other boaters, sleeping alone in the boat. Rescuers were able to figure out who he was because Rivera's wallet and identification were on the boat.

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Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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