Your social baby
Your baby’s social circle is growing, but you are still the centre of his world. Your relationship with her forms the basis for her sense of security , her confidence to branch out and play, and sets the pattern for how she relates to others. By 3 months, she’ll smile at strangers and stare at other babies, babble, and give and receive affection. By 6 months, she’ll recognise emotions, crying if someone cries and reacting to your tone of voice.
Your baby gets a lot of satisfaction from being able to control her body. Her improved stronger head control enables her to push up with her arms during tummy time, and soon after, she’ll gain enough coordination to master the art of rolling. At around 3 months, she’ll start to grip objects – she might struggle at first but this will improve as her hand-eye coordination and her eyesight develops. Encourage her by offering bright toys to swipe at – and move your face close to hers as she tries to grab your nose!
Your baby is now gurgling and babbling away. As she reaches 3 months, she’ll make vowel sounds like ‘o’ and ‘e’ and plenty of squeals and gurgles. Her babbling will really take off after this and you’ll notice lots of repetition, such as ‘ba, ba, ba’. She’ll also be able to tell you what she likes through smiles, turning her head towards you and wriggling with pleasure – and cries, flushing and frantic waving of her hands will let you know she doesn’t like something!
Your baby’s brain is developing at the fastest rate it ever will – she is primed and ready to learn. Everything she sees, touches, tastes, smells and hears, builds up her knowledge of the world. By 3 or 4 months, she’ll begin to understand the basics of cause and effect – a specific action can make something exciting happen! If she cries you’ll come to her, or if she swipes a toy, it wobbles. Encourage her understanding by giving her toys that help her see that actions lead to reactions.
Your baby is a natural born mimic! She learns quickly by copying you and it helps to develop new pathways in her brain. Try pulling a funny face or poking your tongue out, and watch as your baby attempts to copy you!
Baby Development – Everything You Need To Know
Baby Development – Everything You Need To Know by Dr Claire Halsey