Do you know the milestones of a 3-month-old baby development? Each stage of development reinforces the skills of every child, so recognizing them will help you to consolidate your baby’s skills.
Being aware of these indicators will give you the opportunity to positively participate in your child’s development and growth. For this reason, we invite you to continue reading this article, where you will learn 3 of the most important milestones to observe in a 3-month-old baby.
3-month-old baby’s developmental milestones
1) Learning to control their body
At this age, you will notice that your baby tries to lean towards you and other people they love.
Another indicator that your child is developing body control is that they turn or reach for the toys they like best. They may also stretch their legs, kick, and open and close their hands.
You will also be able to observe that your baby pushes their legs up and down when you hold them up on a firm surface, or you will see that they support their upper body with their arms when they are on their tummy.
When you see this milestone, your actions will go a long way in helping your baby develop control of their body. That is why it is very important that you place your child in different positions; this will allow them to experiment with different movements, for example, crawling.
Allowing your baby to play on their tummy or on their back will also help them improve their body movements.
2) Developing their visual and hearing abilities
An important indicator that will allow you to identify that your 3-month-old baby is developing their visual and auditory skills is the attention they will pay to faces.
You will also be able to observe that your child follows moving objects with their eyes, that they identify familiar people at a certain distance, and that they increase their hand-eye coordination.
Another milestone that will give you clues about your 3-month baby’s development and their listening skills is that they will smile when they hear your voice and will begin to babble and imitate sounds. You will also see that your baby moves their head towards the sounds they hear or will begin to imitate them.
One way to stimulate these skills is to react to them with statements such as “You’re smiling.” Also, responding to your baby’s babbling will also help a lot. That way you will help them learn how to speak.
3) Strengthening their social and emotional skills
The development of social skills is very important to human beings. At 3 months, your baby will begin to develop these skills, so it is important that you help them consolidate them.
An indicator of this may be that your baby enjoys playing with other people, that their facial expressions communicate their emotions more clearly, and that they begin to mimic some movements and facial expressions.
At this stage, your baby trusts that they can show you their emotions and be understood; which is the foundation for the development of healthy relationships in the future. Also, your child will begin to identify unpleasant emotions, so being there and showing them your love will allow them to understand that those feelings are temporary.
Why you should respond to your baby’s smile
At 3 months, your baby will begin to use their smile to socialize with other people.
If your baby has already started to show that beautiful smile when they see you or when you talk to them, then you should always reinforce them by responding to that gesture. This is important because you can show your baby that you not only pay attention when they cry but also when they smile.
Tips to foster your 3-month-old baby’s skills
During the 3-month stage, as in all others, it is important to stimulate your baby’s abilities with different activities. Thus you will be helping them to develop healthily. For this reason, here are some actions that will help your baby reinforce their learning:
Sing to them
According to research, when parents sing to their babies, they get involved and interact with them. By singing to your child, you show them that they have your full and complete attention. Other associated actions like clapping your hands, making eye contact, and saying their name will reinforce their communication and social skills.
Talk to them
Researchers affirm that a great stimulus for babies’ brain development is talking to them or reading to them since children who have experienced these types of interactions have shown good language skills. Language is very important for the cognitive development of a baby and, during the first years, it can be decisive to strengthen their brain.
Boost curiosity and experimentation
Stimulate your baby’s curiosity and experimentation by giving them objects that they can touch, hit, and figure out how they work. This way, you will be helping them to develop their learning process and their abilities to think, understand, and reason.
Show them love and protect them
This will help your 3-month-old baby develop their social and emotional skills because they will know that, whether they are in a positive situation or not, they will be loved as they are. By hugging, holding, comforting, cooing, and talking to your child, you are showing your affection. Love must be manifested regardless of the circumstances, whether your baby is happy or angry.
Well, now you know some of the activities that can foster your 3-month baby’s development. Taking these milestones into account will allow you to contribute to the development and growth of your baby, as well as to create a strong bond with them.
Don’t forget to always seek the help of experts to guide you with activities or positive actions that you can do to reinforce your baby’s body movements, hearing and visual capacity, and social and emotional skills. You can also use Kinedu app to get access to 1,800+ activities created by experts in early childhood development (download it for free HERE).
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