The Third Month Baby is becoming more of a social being. Both of you can now take pleasure in playing simple games with each other. Since muscle control is improving, toys that she can grasp and kick will amuse and gratify baby to no end. She will also discover that she can now explore her surroundings and make things happen.
Here is what you can typically expect during the third month:
Can make out familiar faces and recognize parent
Smiles when someone smiles
Responds by kicking, smiling, and waving
Cries when left alone
Usually quiets down at the sound of a soothing voice or when held
Makes all kinds of sounds
Mimics facial expressions
Lifts head when held at your shoulder
When lying on her stomach can lift head and chest and turn head from side to side
Tracks a moving object or person with his eyes
Takes hold of a rattle when given to her
Wiggles and kicks with arms and legs
Turns head toward bright colors and lights
Turns toward the sound of a human voice or a rattle or bell
Recognizes bottle or breast
How to interact with your three-month old:
Remember to continue to respond to your baby’s cries promptly. By this time you should already know what her cries mean.
Carry on with singing songs, nursery rhymes, and chants. Songs and chants that involve movement will be fun for your baby. Examples of these are songs that require you to bounce baby on your knee or lap.
Continue to talk to your baby and remember to label objects, pictures, and actions. Begin reading simple books with pictures (preferably one or two only per page) and bright colors.
Allow baby to spend more time on her tummy so that she can practice lifting her head and chest. Provide different toys that she can hold onto (when given to her) and explore with her hands and or mouth.
Develop motor skills by encouraging her to reach for toys around her. Offer those that have different textures and sounds. Shake a rattle or bell to get her attention or to turn her attention to a different toy.
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