Baby by Month

Month 3

My 3-month-old baby: full of discoveries

By month three, your newborn will probably begin developing a personality all his own. He also might be reaching for objects, smiling spontaneously, and turning in the direction of your voice. Now might be a good time to familiarize him with new toys, textures, and people.

Between 1-3 months of age, babies begin the transformation from being a totally dependent newborn to becoming an active and responsive infant. Many of the newborn reflexes are lost by this age. At this age, a baby’s vision changes dramatically; he becomes more aware and interested in his/her surroundings. A baby might follow a moving object, recognize familiar things and people at a distance, and start using his/her hands and eyes in coordination. At this age, babies usually turn toward familiar voices and smile at their parent’s faces or other familiar faces.

The neck muscles become stronger during these first few months. At first, babies can only hold their heads up for a couple of seconds while on their stomachs. The muscles are strengthened each time the head is held up. By 3 months of age, babies lying on their stomachs can support their heads and chests up to their forearms.

You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friend’s children. In general, by the end of your baby’s third month, here are some developments you can start looking for:

  • Raises head and chest when put on tummy
  • Lifts head up 45 degrees
  • Kicks and straightens legs when on back
  • Open and shuts hands
  • Pushes down with legs when placed on a hard surface
  • Reaches for dangling objects
  • Grasps and shakes hand toys
  • Tracks moving objects
  • Begins to imitate sounds
  • Recognizes familiar objects and people, even at a distance
  • Begins to develop a social smile
  • Begins to develop hand-eye coordination
  • Brings both hands together
  • Interested in circular and spiral patterns
  • Kicks legs energetically
  • Holds head up with control

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