Baby Development: Month Three
- During the third month, your baby is learning through accidental discoveries
- Your 3 month old baby can watch a mobile, and try to reach for it
- Your baby can show a bigger range of emotions, including fascination and boredom
- At three months old, your baby is increasingly alert and social, and fascinated with his hands and fingers
Oops, I Learned it Again
These days, a lot of your baby's learning processes come about by accident. He reaches out and bumps a toy that makes music. The next time he touches it, the same thing happens. So now he knows. In this way, he'll practice his visual, cognitive and motor skills over and over again.
Improving that Hand-Eye Coordination
By this point, the early reflexive behaviors like startling have faded away. Now his coordination is shaping up quite nicely. Especially when it comes to using his hands.
Babies think their hands are pretty amazing, which they are. He uses them to learn information about objects in his world. And believe it or not, he'll use them to hold a rattle this month, if only for a second. His first grasp will be like wearing a mitten. In a few months, he'll be able to use his thumb. Watch your hair. This little guy's a grabber.
Your baby's probably pretty pleased with himself these days. He's reached a new level of coordination, independence, playfulness and emotional response. He's probably eating and sleeping more regularly, and is starting to take real pleasure in the world around him. Which makes him a lot of fun to be around. Make the most of all those smiles, coos and playful expressions.
Baby Games: Month Three
Shake it Baby.
Give him a small, soft rattle and show him how to shake it to make a noise.
Play with pitch.
Try to discover the pitches and rhythms your baby enjoys. Experiment with different cadences, and notice what makes him turn toward you.