By the third month, your baby has emerged from a sleepy newborn to a cooing, alert infant! She has also discovered her appendages and will now flail them to her heart’s content! She is quickly becoming more interactive and loves to watch your face.
|Big Brother at 3 months|
Besides lots of rockin’-and-a-rollin’ of the arms and legs, here’s what else you can expect by the end of the third month:
|Little Brother at 3 months–flailing those arms!|
- Use a mobile or play gym. Having a mobile secured to her crib is a great way to promote tracking. If you have a crib that mobiles will not attach to (like us), you can also use a play gym similar to this one during “awake” time to help with tracking.
- Read to your baby!!! This is so important and something you can start from the first day you bring your baby home. Your little one will love to hear your voice–the natural rhythm and flow you use when reading aloud. Your baby will also love to look at the bright, colorful pictures. Cloth books are perfect for babies of this age as they will enjoy feeling the different textures.
Ask your doctor if your baby:
- Doesn’t seem to respond to loud sounds.
- Doesn’t hold head up 45 degrees while lying on her stomach
- Doesn’t notice her hands.
- Doesn’t follow an object held up about 6 inches from the face from one side of his head to the midline.
- Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions.
- Doesn’t smile at people.
- Doesn’t grasp and hold an object.
- Doesn’t babble or coo.
- Still throws her arms out when awakens or hears a loud noise (called the Moro reflex) by 4 months.
- Do you have any questions? Leave a comment!
- Likewise, veteran parents…feel free to chime in with anything I forgot to cover or with any tips you may have.
Shelvov, S.P., Hannemann, R.E., & Trubo, R. (2004). The American Academy of Pediatrics: Complete and Authoritative Guide for Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. Bantam Books.
*The above book is a resource my dad, a family physician, gives to every patient who is a new parent. It is a wonderful resource!
Eisenberg, A., Murkoff, H.E., & Hathaway, S.E. (1996). What to Expect the First Year. Workman Publishing Company: New York.
Reisser, P.C. (2007). Baby & Child Care: From Pre-Birth through the Teen Years (Focus on the Family Complete Guides). Tyndale House Publishers: Carol Stream, IL.
Please Note: This post is for informational (and entertainment) purposes only. I am not a doctor! Be sure to talk to your doctor regarding any questions or concerns you may have regarding your baby.