It's been three months, and now you can't imagine your life without your precious baby. Some things have gotten a lot easier while others are still a struggle. You've spent the last three months not only getting to know your baby but also getting to know how your SO handles parenthood. You've learned a lot about multitasking and running on fumes. There have been lots of challenges and learning curves to overcome. These have been the hardest and most beautiful three months of your life. Tending to a newborn is no easy task, but when you add the recovery of childbirth it becomes a whole other beast.
Patience will wear thin some days while others you will have more than you thought was possible. Count all the milestones as blessings and soak up every second because they grow up so fast.
Now that you have hit the three-month mark there will be things that get harder. The first year of a baby's life is full of change, growth, and constant chaos. You will have to learn to accept the fact that any time it seems to get easier your baby will throw another curveball your way.
15 Everything Has Finally Healed Up!
By twelve weeks most moms feel somewhat back to normal. You might not be getting as much sleep as you would like but your body is feeling a lot better. Even though you are still sleep deprived you have a bit more energy. Most doctors will allow you to start working out again and it feels great to get back into the routine.
Even though you might be feeling better, you still need to take it easy. Watch for signs that you are pushing yourself too far, listen to your body. You still won't be one hundred percent just yet. Make sure to be taking proper care of yourself. Start by doing a little more each day. Walks with the baby are great ways to start getting back to being active while getting out of the house for some fresh air.
14 You Begin To Understand The Baby’s Cues
By three months you will know your baby. You will understand the different types of cries. Reading the baby's cues at first can be frustrating as you don't know what they need. You feel like your job is to protect them but how can you do so if you can't determine their needs?
Well, by three months you've finally been able to understand what your little one needs. You can decode all the different sounds, and it feels great to understand that the “neh, neh,” cry means they're hungry.
Keep in mind you are still getting to know your baby, and by three months this gets a lot easier. Knowing you have the power to comfort your baby just by holding them is a great feeling. You're going to continue learning more each day.
13 Getting More Sleep
The first few weeks of not knowing if you can get a solid hour of sleep is over. Your baby might not be sleeping through the night, but he/she is sleeping for longer stretches which does your soul, mind, and body great. You are still in shock that four hours can feel like twelve but you'll take anything at this point.
You will feel like you are starting to get more 'me time' back since your baby likely will let you put him/her down to sleep for a while. Since you won't be getting a full night of sleep just yet, it is a good thing to remember to take naps when the baby is sleeping. You might find yourself settling in earlier than you're used to.
12 A Routine Becomes Possible
Finally some sanity. Even if your routine by three months isn't rock solid, you will have some sort of stability to go by. You'll have more of a feel for your baby's feeding schedule. Apart from feeding, you will also have a better understanding of his/her sleeping patterns. These both will come in handy when you are planning things to do in or out of the house.
You will have a routine but because babies change so much that first year don't be surprised if it only sticks around for a few weeks before it alters. This is completely normal. You will have to learn to adapt to new routines often, but for now, enjoy it. Try and keep the same bedtime routine nightly for the best sleeping results.
11 You Become A Pro At Changing The Baby
Changing the baby's diaper for the first time is a terrifying experience for a new parent. You are slightly worried you will hurt the baby, and also worried you won't clean them properly. Changing a diaper is hard when they are so little, some people are afraid they will accidentally hurt their little one. The good news is that by three months you will be a pro at changing the baby. You might even be able to do it in under two minutes.
By three months they are more entertain by silly faces and toys so you can keep them happy during changes. Your baby will also fit better into diapers and clothes. Keep an eye one diaper sizes if you are experiencing lots of leakages it might be time to go up a size in their diaper.
10 Breastfeeding Is Better
The first few weeks of breastfeeding can be pretty terrible. By eight weeks most moms feel more confident in feeding but can still experience some pain. By twelve weeks you are now a pro at feeding! Your supply has likely evened out. Remember that even if you experience less leakage, it would be wise to keep those breast pads handy in case of any surprises.
Going back to work while still pumping can be overwhelming for a new mom. Just remember you've made it this far, don't give up. Don't overthink it or be embarrassed by it and know your rights in the workplace. If by three months it hasn't gotten any easier it would be a good idea to check with your doctor or a lactation consultant to see if there is an issue.
9 They Start To Play
There is nothing better than having your baby smile back at you. This first smile makes every sleepless night and day worth it a million times over. Your baby will recognize you and react when they see you. They love hearing your voice. At three months old your baby will love looking in the mirror. They also will love light. You might catch your little one staring at something intently.
This is a great age to start reading to him/her. Start introducing small fun toys that make noise. Getting to watch their reactions to new things will be your new favorite thing. They will love exploring and hearing new sounds. It's good to stimulate your little one but don't overdo it. Playing fun little games and singing to your baby will be the start of something fun.
8 You Can Finally Leave The House For More Than A Minute
Leaving the house by three months still isn't easy, but it's way better than the first month. You know their schedule a little better. This has been a trial and error for a while, but you likely will have something figured out that works for you. You now know what to pack to make a successful trip and what to leave at home.
Aside from venturing out with your little one you can leave the house by yourself. At three months you will probably feel comfortable leaving your little one alone for a few hours with a trusted person so that you can get some things done. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your baby just yet that is totally fine. Do what feels right to you.
7 You’ve Adjusted To Life As A Parent
After twelve weeks of parenting, you have learned that sleep is priceless. You are used to having poop and spit up on your outfit. You have adjusted to balancing parenthood and your relationship. By the time your little one turns three months you are ready for anything. You also have realized how quickly time passes and might be a bit emotional about your baby growing up. The first three months are full of watching your son or daughter go from a helpless baby to a developing personality.
You know not to have high expectations and go with the flow. You still might get stressed because you haven't gotten enough done, but you slowly realize you can't do everything. You are still figuring it all out but this process is much less stressful than it once when you first brought him/her home.
6 You Become More Confident About Your Mom Skills
That overwhelming panic of 'am I doing this right' is gone by three months. You'll have twelve whole weeks of parenting under your belt. The fact that your baby can smile at you and responds to you will help ease any worries you have. Though you will still be learning new things every day, you will be able to adapt to this change more quickly.
Confidence is key. Your baby can feel when you are stressed or unsure so having the confidence in yourself that you are doing things right will make a big difference. By this milestone, you will feel much more capable of taking care of a little one. Along with knowing his/her needs right away and how to cater to those needs. Remember you got this!
5 The Baby Starts Boycotting Sleep
Just when you think you are getting ahead with sleep the dreaded sleep regression phase hits. Sleep regression is completely normal. Babies will likely go through phases of boycotting sleep altogether. They might be a little extra fussy. This sleep regression can last anywhere from few days to a few weeks it all just depends on the baby. During this time keeping your nap and nightly routine can help.
Sometimes during the sleep regression, your baby can also be going through a growth spurt so they may be eating more than usual. During this time, it is important to get extra rest as your baby will need extra feedings and soothing from you. Even though your baby isn't a tiny newborn, taking frequent mom naps is still totally acceptable.
4 The Dreaded Teething Stage
Cranky baby. If your little one is starting to drool like crazy, super fussy, and chewing on everything, they might be teething. Teething can begin as early as three months old. If you suspect teething, you can look inside your baby's mouth and try to locate white caps (teeth coming through). You might not be able to feel them right away, but you can see them.
Their gums will be swollen, and they will be pretty miserable. Often times with teething babies can get stuffy noses and sometimes even a fever. Teething can cause a significant amount of stress on you as a parent. Watching your baby in any type of pain is hard. There are a lot of home remedies that are helpful for teething little ones.
3 Nap Time Is No Longer Easy
You used to be able just to have your baby fall asleep anywhere. At three months they are way more alert and might not want to fall asleep if anything is going on around them. They will also be jumpier to noises, some will wake them out of their sleep. Having white noise play is a great way to drown out background noise and soothe them into a deep sleep.
If you notice your baby really struggling to fight sleep, babywearing can be a great option. They often just want to be snuggled up to you. While some prefer to be put down and left to stretch out. It will all depend on your baby; they are all different. Even though they are fighting sleep try your best not to get frustrated or stressed. Sometimes a warm bath can help soothe them into a sleepy state.
2 Rolling Over Begins (And So Does The Fear Of Them Falling)
You put your baby on the floor to play and come back a minute later, and they have rolled over. This can be an exciting milestone since it is kind of the first 'big kid' thing they do. However; having a baby that rolls over is sometimes a little more challenging. You now have a semi-mobile baby.
You will now worry about them rolling off of things like the couch or the bed. Make sure you continue to do tummy time with them. Also be extra cautious of where you put them down. Always make sure the swing, stroller, bouncy seat, etc. is buckled and snug. Never walk away from them even for a split second on the changing table. Because you were used to a baby that could not go anywhere, and now they can. You will have to train your brain a little.
1 Cluster Feedings Start And Sleep Is Gone Again
Cluster feeding is back. A lot of baby's go through a growth spurt around three months. This means they will be extra hungry and you will be increasing the number of feedings, especially at night. Be prepared to get little to no sleep yet again. Eventually, they will go back to sleeping a little more. Just remember this won't be forever. Think back to the first few days when you barely slept at all.
Breastfeeding moms should be prepared for an increase in their supply. If you are formula feeding be sure to have extra on hand for these added feedings. Because your body has now adjusted to getting a little more sleep you might be extra tired and maybe a little bit cranky. Get rest when you can and ask your partner for help with feedings if you need it.