What’s happening with your baby?
By 3 months, she may have reached the following stages:
Roly poly: By the end of this month you might find your baby starts rolling over to her side – and she may even find herself rolling over completely from her back to front or vice versa. It’s the beginning of learning to crawl. So never leave her on your bed or any high surface even for a moment!
What’s going on? She’s getting nosier by the moment – so lying down all day just doesn’t cut it for your curious cutey. She wants to see all that’s happening around her so prop her up on cushions, bring her bouncy chair to the family tea table or take her everywhere in a sling so she can see her surroundings up close and personal….
You’re so funny: You may get to hear her charming chuckles or chortles some time soon. It’s the best sound in the world and you’ll want to hear it again and again. Looks like lots of tickling games and playing the clown in front of her are on the cards, then. Well, you just can’t resist hearing her titters.
Happy girl: She’s smiling at everyone now, and realising her smiles get smiles in return. She hasn’t learnt to be shy yet. That will come later.
How you can help your baby this month
Head control: Help her strengthen her back and neck – hold her hands and pull her up gently from a lying to a sitting position, and she’ll try to hold her head in line with her body.
Reach for it: You can help her roll by putting interesting toys by her side within reach or help her twist at the waist by holding her hands and ‘dancing’ gently with her.
Your baby’s health
Night, night: Her nervous system is developing and maturing, which means she may be sleeping longer through the night – maybe for five, six or seven hours if she has a late-night feed.
Play ideas for your baby
Ball play: She loves objects that move – watch her eyes follow a ball. And as soon as she discovers that by batting out at it with her hands, she can make the ball move herself, she’ll have even more fun!
Rhyme time She loves you to sing repetitive rhymes with actions – watch her anticipate what comes next.
Your baby’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.