Kid’s Development: 1½ to 3 Months

You and your baby are slowly settling into a routine of nap times and awake times. By three months, your baby is awake for a good part of the day, and sleeping most of the night. Your baby is ready to learn about the world when he is awake. It’s a good time to slowly introduce new experiences to your baby. New experiences will help your baby’s brain develop. When your baby is asleep, make sure he is lying on his back unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

 

What your baby can see:

Your baby’s vision is improving!

She is able to follow moving objects better.

She can see close objects more clearly.

She is starting to look in the direction where sounds are coming from.

She sees your smile, and learns to smile back.

Your baby is discovering her hands, and may spend time just looking at them.

What your baby can hear:

You may notice that your baby likes to listen to music.

Music may calm your baby, or make your baby smile and move his arms and legs.

Your baby loves to hear your voice, so tell him about what is going on around him.

What your baby can feel:

Your baby’s hands are opening up more.

Your baby may close her hands around objects placed in the palm of her hand.

If you rub different materials or toys against her fingers, she will move her fingers against the material or toy.

Your baby may even enjoy the feeling of her hand in her mouth.

How your baby eats:

How much and how often your baby eats will vary.

Your baby can only tolerate liquids right now, so feed him only breast milk or iron-fortified formula.

How to care for your baby’s mouth:

Your baby’s gums need to be cleaned with an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth/gauze after feedings and at bedtime.

How your baby moves (your baby’s gross motor skill development):

Your baby is strengthening the muscles in his neck so that he may be able to hold his head up on his own, but he still needs your careful support.

When you place your baby on his stomach for a little while, your baby will learn to hold up his head.

Your baby is also learning to control the muscles in his arms and legs by grabbing or kicking at toys or people.

How your baby communicates (your baby’s speech and language development):

Your baby likes to make cooing sounds. When you hear your baby cooing, it’s a good idea to coo, sing, or talk in return.

Your baby will learn that making sounds is a good way to get your attention, and will coo even more when you respond to her “talk”.

Your baby’s cries are becoming easier to identify. She will be able to use her sounds to tell you if she is hungry, wet, tired, or wants a change of position.

Your baby still uses body language to tell you how she feels about what is going on.

She may bring her hand to her head to signal that she wants a break, suck her fingers or hand, or turn her head away from you.

How your baby is growing emotionally (your baby’s social and emotional development):

By 6 weeks of age, your baby will have learned to smile at you.

When she smiles at you, she is inviting you to play with her.

Loving and playing with your baby:

Take your baby to different parts of the house so he can experience different things.

Change your baby’s position every so often.

He may like to sit in a swing for a while, than lie on his belly for a few moments before being cuddled in your arms.

Respond quickly to your baby’s needs. His cry will tell you what he needs and when he needs it.

Your baby will eat about every 3-4 hours. Some babies learn to sleep through the night; others still need to eat during the night. Remember to rest when your baby rests, if you can!

Songs and nursery rhymes help your child to be ready for stories and picture books later on.