First three months
Most babies sleep restlessly. They are light sleepers and startle at the slightest noise. When you observe your baby sleeping, you will notice many expressions and noises. The baby can whimper, smile, frown, sneer and grimace. Most sleep periods are brief naps, and there are one or two longer deep sleep periods lasting around four hours. (Parents Guide To Safe Sleep Position)
Motor activity will increase. She is now able to hold her head up at an angle for several minutes. Her neck muscles are stronger so that she can keep her head erect with only slight bobbing. She will start to swing at things and hold them briefly.
Her attention increases with alertness to sounds. Her crying periods persist, but are more organized. She might cry near rest periods or before her night time sleep period. Crying often serves as a tension reliever. A certain amount of crying is important in this regard. I encourage you to allow you child to fuss or cry short periods up to 10 minutes at a time, because of the important role crying serves in normal development.
Mobiles are good at this age. If you place them about 10 inches away she will enjoy and follow them. She will get excited to see certain objects and will swing at them. She will anticipate feeding when a bottle is placed nearby or even at the sight of her mother who nurses her.
She enjoys other members of the family. She will quiet herself or become excited when seeing them. She will follow your face and move her head as you move yours. She will enjoy her bath.
She will eat less often at night and might sleep the night. Her bowel movements are less frequent and can become firmer or formed.
This is a time you enjoy increased activity together with play, making faces and noises together. Your increased attention is rewarded with the warm responses from your baby.
Motor development changes from the reflexes controlling all his movements to more controlled body movement. You noticed when you picked him up a month or two earlier, his body was limp. Now when you pick him up, he tenses and coils up. His head strength is much improved too, and he will keep it elevated for many minutes while he looks around. When you pick him up, he will stiffen his legs as if he wishes to stand. I frequently am asked if you can cause bowlegs by let your baby stay in this standing position. The fact is that you can not cause bowlegs by allowing you baby to push upward and support his weight on his legs. When he is tired, he will relax his legs and sit or lie flat. He will sit now with less support and keep his head fairly erect. He swinging at objects now, but misses frequently. He will not grasp them effectively.
He will watch objects for up to an hour, following any movement from side to side. He also watches his own hands and feet attentively. It appears as if he is becoming aware of his hands and feet as part of himself.
He is very aware of persons, quieting at the sight or sound of a recognized person or persons. He will stop eating or sucking at the sound or sight of a familiar object or person. He will talk back to a familiar person or thing by making cooing sounds or chortling.
These are some of the many complex things babies do during the first 3 months of life. This is not a comprehensive listing, but there are many books at the local book stores that can aid you in determining if your baby is developing appropriately for their age.
Last reviewed February 24, 2012
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