3 Month Old Baby

3 Month Old Baby

Things get a lot easier with a 3 month old baby. You will be able to finally get some much-needed sleep and easily tell what your baby is “saying“. At this age, your baby will reach several important milestones, however, keep in mind that baby development is no exact science and that each baby has his or her own pace.

What To Expect:
A 3 month old baby starts to develop a more predictable sleeping pattern and a routine for feeding. His or her stomach can handle larger amount of milk at a time and as a result, he or she will no longer wake up ever 2 or 3 hours to eat. Do not expect to have an undisturbed night sleep though because a 3 month old baby’s nervous system and brain are not mature enough to sleep the entire night. However, continue being a “boring“ mom during the night because you will create a sleeping routine a lot easier if you start “telling“ your baby that the night is for sleeping before starting sleep training. Also, do not jump out of the bed immediately when hearing your baby crying. Wait a few seconds because it is not unusual for babies to wake up, cry for a few seconds and then fall back asleep. Keep your voice and lights low during nighttime feeding and diaper changing. Crying is no longer the only mean of communication for a 3 month old baby. At this age, babies start cooing and using vowels to communicate. They also see better and follow people with their eyes. Your baby will show more interest in interaction with other people and smile more often, especially when seeing and hearing you or your partner. He or she will also start to show the first signs of his or her developing personality. By the age of 3 months, you will notice very little or no head wobbling. This is due to the fact, that your baby’s neck is becoming stronger. Your baby should also be able to support his or her chest and head with his or her arms when placed on the stomach and have enough strength to kick with his or her legs. Eye-hand coordination is getting better and your baby will be able to grab a toy and hold it briefly.

What You Need To Know:
There is no need to worry if your baby does not reach all milestones, especially if born prematurely. However, do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician if your baby does not: respond to sounds, reach for toys, follow people with his or her eyes and smile by the age of 3 months. You may hear that introduction of solid foods can help your baby sleep longer during the night, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not to give your baby anything other than your breast milk or formula at least by the age of 4 months. Also, your baby’s nervous system and brain are simply not mature enough for prolonged periods of sleep. Your baby is a lot stronger and significantly less “fragile“ at the age of 3 months but he or she is not ready for vigorous play yet. Keep all items that pose a risk of choking out of your baby’s reach because at the age of 3 months, just about everything will end up in his or her mouth.

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