All babies develop at different rates. And it’s no different for 3 month-old babies. Don’t fret if your baby misses a development milestone – he might be some weeks ahead on some milestone and a bit behind on others. It will even out eventually. But if you’re concerned that your baby has missed key milestones altogether, speak with your doctor. This guide shows what to expect from your three-month old baby.
Each child has his or her own sleep needs. But your 3-month-old needs 16 hours of sleep each day, with about three to four hours of daytime naps. At this age, your baby will now be managing about 5 hours of sleep. But if your baby doesn’t follow this routine, don’t worry – it’s common for many tots since they need the energy from consistent feeding to sustain their growth.
What your child needs is breast milk. Your 3 month-old baby may have a growth spurt at this age. So they’ll be hungrier than usual. Further, your child will drink about 720ml to 1200ml daily spread over 5 to 8 feeds.
Movement and head control
At this age, babies are more robust. Also, when you keep their shoulders in a sitting position, they can look steadily while maintaining a straight back. During tummy time, your baby can lift his shoulders and head off the floor for some moments.
Sight and hearing
At this age, your child’s sight has developed – meaning he is alert visually, particularly looking at faces and people nearby. Also, he can focus on a swinging toy about 20cm in front of them and will give at it from side to side. Your child’s hearing will also improve, and he’ll show he is happy when he detects footsteps and voices close by.
At three months old, your child will charm you and other family members with many smiles, eye contact, hand gestures, and happy baby ‘talk’ when he is happy. Your baby might even reward you with his first chuckle! But no doubts, your baby will let you know when he is uncomfortable, annoyed or hungry by crying.
How to help your baby develop
• Baby activity centers or gym are perfect for training hand-to-eye coordination.
• Promote baby giggles by tickling them gently. You can also try games like peek-a-boo and other fun games.
• Include talking as part of your child’s daily routine. Also, read to them and let them feel objects with different textures.
If you’re concerned or have any questions about your child’s development, speak with your baby’s pediatrician for help.