Your 3 month old baby
This third month is a time of incredible growth and psychological development.
The third month is a time of trust and confidence for most babies, they start realizing that they can have you help them fill their needs, and get comfortable with the new environment around them. So fussiness usually starts cooling down, and they start trusting that as long as their parents are there, their needs will be quickly satisfied, especially now that they're more aware that certain actions they do grab your attention. Expect their confidence to grow, and their learning to multiply.
Your baby during this month
- Is able to focus on brighter colors than before. Eyesight continues to develop, they're able to focus on smaller objects, and on you while you're moving.
- Is able to recognize familiar voices or sounds more easily.
- Can use her hands to grab close objects or put their hands together
- Willfully open out closed fists.
- Can try to make eye contact with you.
All babies have a diverse pace to grow different skills, so don't worry if your baby hasn't met the above timeframe, as there are plenty of variables. Make sure to contact your doctor if you're worried about your baby's rate of development.
Tips for you during this month
Everyone in your close circle should talk to the baby by articulating easy and short sentences and words clearly. This will help the baby build up even better ways to communicate and will help her trust you more. You can also talk, sing, or read to your baby, play music, dance, paint; anything that promotes self-expression applies here.
Go out with your baby! Sure it may feel frightening at first glance when you hear those words, but if you're well prepared, going out is actually a great idea. You'll let your baby look at the outside world, and you'll start feeling less isolated. It's important to bring what you need in case of emergency, but make sure not to bring with you a lot of unnecessary stuff; you don't want to hassle yourself.
Make sure to bring with you a sun-hat, a towel for burping time, a couple of diapers or more depending on the amount of hours you're going out, wet wipes for your baby's bottom and your hands (before and after you change the baby), a complete set of clothes, socks, a healthy snack and water(might need them if you're breastfeeding).
Check the forecast and prepare so: an extra blanket for warmth, an umbrella or sun screen(not to apply on babies less than 6 months old) or a big hat are a few ideas for cold and hot weather.
Take extra baby outfits if you're planning to stay overnight, also take her pajamas and boots.
Did You Know?
Most babies start getting comfortable with you during the third month, it starts becoming obvious that you're there when they need you, so they'll focus less on fear and more on the environment they're in. They get less and less cranky at this age, and start learning new ways to communicate with you. Your trust and love at this point should breed confidence like none you've seen in your baby's first couple of months, so expect a learning curve for the better.
Encourage close friends and family to talk to your baby, they're more able to focus on short and simple words. They may not be able to talk just yet, but they'll be more capable later on as you'll surely notice. This helps cultivate both trust and communication in the long-term.
Try going out a few times with your baby, not only will it open up the baby's curiosity, but it'll feel good for you as well! It might be scary to imagine this at first, but the truth of the matter is: if you're well prepared and have only the essential needs you need with you, you'll be able to go out with your baby easily and both of you can enjoy your time.