Regardless of if someone is pregnant or just gave birth, we would like to congratulate the new mom on the little miracle she has created. Having a child can be a blessing for so many parents out there. The greatest gift you can give another person is the gift of life. So, to all the soon-to-be mom’s and all the moms out there, in general, congrats!
For the moms who just gave birth: they've felt their baby growing inside of them. They have gone through the incredibly painful process of giving birth but, in the end, it was all worth it. Now, it is time to watch their little one grow and learn. Every day their baby is learning how to do different things. They are slowly building their muscles that will eventually help them hold their head up, learn to sit on their own, roll over, and so much more.
While they may be excited for their child to start achieving certain milestones, whether they are major or minor, a lot starts to happen and change after the little one has passed their third month of life. If mom and dad are wondering when, on average, their infant will start to hit specific milestones after this time frame, we have a great list for new parents today. We have 20 things the baby will only start doing after three months.
Try not to worry if baby hasn’t achieved these milestones in the time specified because every baby is different and unique. They will learn to do things in their own time. Keep in mind everything listed is on average.
20 Starts To Giggle And Laugh
Your baby has been beaming up at you and smiling for some time now, and you may be wondering when those smiles are going to turn into genuine giggles and laughter. This often-overlooked milestone typically does not happen until your baby is around 4 months old, according to TheBump.com. While some babies may start to develop the giggles sooner than this, others may develop them after this point as well.
The first time you get to hear your baby’s laughter will be something that you will always cherish. There is just something so wondrous about hearing a child’s innocent laughter that can make it tug on your heartstrings.
19 Copies Facial Expressions
Most of us are guilty of making those ridiculously, silly faces at babies. We tend to think they like it, so we keep at it. But did you know that making these faces may be beneficial for a young child because shortly after they hit their third month of life, they will eventually start to mimic your facial expressions? On average, this tends to happen when the baby is around 4 months old.
You can try playing around with your baby by making different facial expressions and seeing which ones she likes to mimic the most. You can act surprised, sad, happy, or even excited. As long as you are in a positive mood, your baby will sense that and know that despite what faces you are making, that you are genuinely happy to be playing with her.
18 Holds Head Up Without Support
Moms all over can’t seem to wait until they take notice to the fact that their little one has started to hold their head up on their own. However, this does not happen until after the baby is 3 months. On average, it happens when your baby is about 4 months old.
When she is holding her head up, she is using new muscles that will strengthen over time and that will also allow your baby to learn to use new muscles that are around the area as well. Holding their head up is one of the first steps your little one has to learn in order to learn to push herself up.
17 Starts To Push Shelf Up On Elbows
After your little one has passed her third months of life, you may take notice that around 4 months old your baby will start to slowly push herself up onto her elbows while she is lying on her tummy. This is why tummy time is so important for an infant.
It is how she will be able to experiment with different movements and learn how to do to things like lifting her head and learning how to push herself up. By trying this position, your baby is helping to develop and strengthen her muscles which will ultimately help her learn how to crawl.
16 Rolls Over From Tummy To Back
This next one happens two months after a child’s third month of life – when they are 5 months old. It is always exciting to watch your child grow and try new things. At this point in your baby’s life, she should start to roll over from her tummy onto her back. This is an amazing achievement for a baby because once they can roll over, their risk of developing SIDS lowers significantly.
As an example, they are able to move if something is blocking their airway which can save their life. Your little one will continue to strengthen and develop her muscles.
15 Starts Putting Toys In Mouth
Babies love to put things in their mouth. It is a way for them to explore things. On average, babies do not start doing this until they are about 5 months old. At this time, it is very important to watch what you leave lying around, especially since your baby is also starting to learn how to roll over from her tummy onto her back which will eventually help her explore the area a little bit better.
Small items can easily enter the baby's mouth, so please be cautious. Make sure that any toys you give your child is age appropriate. You can usually find the age restrictions on the packaging from the toy.
14 The Babbling Begins
According to TheBump.com, babies will start to babble once they are around 5 months old. You have most likely been talking to your baby since she was still in the womb. Now, your baby will start babbling with you in their adorable baby language.
If your baby is babbling and is starting to string together vowels such as “ah” or “oh,” or is making consonant sounds such as “ba” or “da,” you can finish their letter sounds with words to help them further develop their language skills. As an example, if your baby is babbling “ba” you can finish the word and say ball or bottle. It is simple and a great way to help your child learn.
13 Likes To Look At Self In Mirror
Another thing your baby will start doing after three months of age is that she will start to love looking at herself in the mirror when she is around 5 months old. This is a good way for your baby to develop her sense of self as she looks back at her own reflection in the mirror.
This can be a really good thing for moms because having your baby look at their self in the mirror also happens to be a splendid way to get a fussy or cranky baby to calm down. It makes for great entertainment for your little one and as a bonus, it’s a learning experience. It doesn’t get better than that!
12 Starts Sitting Without Support
If your baby is 3-month-old or younger, you will not be expecting this next one to happen for another three months when your baby reaches 6-month-old. You can get really excited for this one, mom. By this age, your baby should start sitting up on her own without support.
All the little movements and positions your baby has been doing thus far have helped prepare her for this major milestone. She has been busy moving around and helping her muscles develop for moments like this. In no time, your little one may even start skootching her little bottom all over your floor.
11 Passes Toys From Hand To Hand
Your baby has been practicing hand-eye coordination for some time now, and by the time your baby reaches 6 months old, she should start passing her toys back and forth from hand to hand. Some babies may be able to do this sooner than others. The more your baby practices moving their toys from hand to hand, the better her hand-eye coordination will become.
This may not be a major milestone, but it is something that is so underrated and should be celebrated like any other milestone out there. Please, be careful with what you leave around your baby or even with what toys you get her. Always make sure that the item or toy you give your baby is safe and age appropriate. You already know that if your baby is passing the toy back and forth that it will eventually end up in her mouth!
10 Starts To Understand Simple Words
You may have been talking to your baby for some time now and got nothing but babbling back in return. Well after your baby’s third month of life, around 6 months old, she may start to understand some of the simple words that you say such as “yes” or “no.” Be careful with the “N” word – no – because soon enough your baby will be saying it back to you for just about everything.
Don’t worry about that yet, you still have two more months to go before that is supposed to happen. Keep talking to your baby because that will help her further develop her language skills and it will help her to learn and understand more words.
9 Respond To Own Name
While your baby has been busy listening to what you say, by the time she hits her half a year mark, 6 months old, she is slowly starting to grasp simple words as well as responding to her own name. From the time your baby is born, you should start calling her by her name so that she hears it often.
The more she hears her name, the easier it will be for her to learn what her name is so she can start responding to it. You can start calling her name by this time and she may start looking your way.
8 Starts Inching Along The Floor
After your baby has surpassed three months of age and has reached 6 months old, she has been busy learning how to do lots of different things from sitting on her own, understanding simple words responding to her own name, as well as starting to creep along the floor. By creeping along the floor, we mean that your baby may start making progress in shimmying and inching around on the floor.
Most babies are not crawling at this time since that comes later on around 9 months old. Your baby may not be in the same exact spot you left her if you were to turn around for a moment.
7 Can Find Partially Hidden Objects
You may be surprised by the next thing that your baby should start doing after they have passed their 3-month mark and reached 7 months old. By the time your child reaches this age, she should be able to find partially hidden objects all on her own.
If your little one misplaces her favorite toy and it is only halfway hidden, there is an excellent chance that your brilliant baby will be able to find it by herself. That is simply amazing. Personally, my original thought on this was that there is no way a 7-month-old can find their lost toys but it is actually true, according to TheBump.com.
6 Enjoys Dropping Things On The Floor
When your baby was 3 months old, she most likely only dropped things on the floor by accident. Enjoy the accidental phase while you still can because only when your child has reached 8 months old will you really know what it is like to have to constantly pick up everything up off the ground.
Around this age, your little one will actually start to enjoy throwing and dropping things on the floor while she sits there and watches you pick everything back up. It may almost feel like a game that babies like playing that tend to leave moms everywhere feeling quite frustrated.
5 Begins To Say “No”
Remember those sweet days when your baby had just begun her babbling stage sometime after her third month of life? Well, by the time your little one reaches the 8-month mark you will really begin to miss those days because this is about the time that babies, on average, start to say the word “no.” From here on out you will constantly hear your baby start to say “no” to everything.
If you remember from a previous entry, by the time your baby was 6 months old she started to understand simple words such as “yes” or “no.” This means that your baby understands what the word no means and she will not be afraid to use it!
4 Plays Simple Games Like Peek-a-boo
As your baby gets older you will be able to interact with her in many different and new ways. By the time your little one is 8 months old, she will start to play simple, basic games with you. You can now happily start playing peek-a-boo and watch your baby giggle and laugh like crazy. You can also try playing something like patty cake. The possibilities of interacting with your child and having your child interact with you are endless.
If you run out of ideas and want to try something new all you have to do is Google, “games for 8-month-olds” or “games for babies.” You may be surprised by what you find.
3 Begins Crawling
After your child’s third month of life, she began to learn how to hold her head up on her own, prop herself up on her elbows, sitting without support, and even rolling over. Now, by 9-months of age, your baby will hit another major milestone and begin to start crawling. Keep in mind that this is just on an average.
Every baby is different and unique and some babies may start to crawl before this, while some may start after this point. When your little one starts cruising around the house, make sure to clear off any bottom shelves and that anything that could potentially become an issue when your child is on the floor.
2 Stands Without Holding Onto Something
Your little one has come so far since she was 3 months old. It is amazing how much babies grow, develop, and change from months three to nine. By the time your baby is 9 months old, she should be able to start standing on her own without holding on to something for support. This is a major camera-worthy milestone.
Standing will further help your baby’s leg muscles grow stronger so that she will eventually be able to take her first step. It is about that time when you will need to start keeping your coffee or end tables clean to keep your child from getting a hold of something she shouldn’t have.
1 Starts Walking While Holding Onto Furniture
It may feel like just yesterday that your little one began utilizing unfamiliar muscles and started doing things like rolling over, sitting up on her own, crawling, and even standing on her own without support. She has come a long way and when she is around 10 months old she will start doing something completely new.
Your baby will start walking around while holding on to furniture. This will be your child’s first steps while using something for support. It is definitely a camera worthy moment as well. In no time, your baby girl will start walking without support. Let the chases begin!