Max is now 3 months old and is doing really great! We’ve had 1 full night of sleep which was nice but I’m pretty used to having interrupted sleep nowadays! I’ve been reading up on development and I really like to check to see if my babies are keeping up and make sure they have no problems going forward, and so far Max is spot on with the lot. If you didn’t know what to expect for the first 3 months, here’s my little guide! (Just remember all children develop at different rates – if your child isn’t doing one or all of these it doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything wrong).
By month 3 babies may have reached these key developmental markers:
- Smiles at the sound of your voice
- Begins to smile at others in social situations
- Begins to babble
- Supports upper body with arms when doing tummy time
- Raises head and chest when doing tummy time
- Follows moving objects
- Recognises familiar objects
- Recognises familiar people at a distance
- Enjoys being around other babies
- Starts to imitate sounds
- Opens and closes hands
- Turns head towards sound
- Pushes down on legs when held
- Grasps and shakes toys
- Starts developing hand eye coordination
- Starts to communicate with face and body
- Starts to express with face and body
- Stretches and kicks legs when laying down
- Copies some movements
- Brings hands to mouth
- Copies some facial expressions
Max is super smiley which is really lovely to see. All day long he will be smiling away at anybody who talks to him or smiles at him. Amelia jump around and tries to make him giggle all the time. He’s also getting really chatty too.
Children are all different and reach milestones at all different ages but there are a few red flags to watch out for:
- Has trouble moving eyes
- Has crossed eyes most of the time
- Does not respond respond to loud noises
- Does not notice his/her hands by (2 months)
- Does not smile at people (by 3 months)
- Does not grasp objects (by 3 months)
- Unable to support own head (by 3 months)
- Does not follow moving objects with his/her eyes (by 3 months)
There are a few things you can do to boost your baby’s physical development in the first 3 months:
- Touching helps to build a connection with your child and also stimulates him/her to move these areas that are touched. Try giving hugs and kisses as well as blowing raspberries on his/her stomach.
- Massage your baby’s back, belly, arms and legs.
- Hold your baby to develop more of a bond. You can do this by wearing your baby in a sling whilst doing general chores and this will keep your baby happier thus making it a lot easier to complete said chores.
- Tummy time is really important to help development and strengthen back and neck muscles that will help him/her when crawling. It will also teach your baby to lift his/her head and push up on their arms.
- Bounce and sway to help your baby gain a sense of movement.
- Make eye contact by smiling at your baby, giving him/her lots of love and attention.
- Keep baby alert by shaking noisy toys and allowing him/her to turn their head and maybe reach for it.
Happy 3 months Maxi!