Pregnancy week by week



3 month old


By the time your baby is three months old, he will have made a dramatic transformation from a totally dependent newborn to an active and responsive infant. He will lose many of his newborn reflexes while acquiring more voluntary control of his body. Your baby is
eager to smile, recognizes people and reaches out to interact with smiles, voice and hands. Since you as a parent have become more comfortable with recognising your little one's cues, this month is often described as easier and baby as more fun. Here is what you can typically expect during your baby's third month:

Social and Emotional development
  • Recognises familiar faces, voices and objects, even at a distance

  • Enjoys playing with other people and may cry when playing stops

  • Smiles at the sound of your voice

  • Turns head to sound

Language and Communication skills      
  • Locates sound by turning head and looking in the same direction

  • Squeals, coos, babbles, and chuckles

  • Says “aah”, “ngah” “ooh”

  • Talks when spoken to and when alone

Cognitive skills
  • Interested in circular and spiral patterns
  • Begins to develop hand-eye coordination

  • Follows movements of large and smaller objects

  • Watches face intently

  • Characteristically watches movements of his own hands (hand regard)

Physical development        

  • Open and closes hands
  • Reaches for dangling objects

  • Grasps and shakes rattles

  • Kicks legs strongly when put on back

  • Able to hold head up when sitting but still bobs forward

  • Only slight head lag when pulled to sitting position

  • Follows dangling object from side to side (180 degrees)

  • Raises head and chest when on tummy with weight borne on forearms.

  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a hard surface

  • Explores and plays with hands (stares at own hand) and brings both hand together

  • Brings hand to mouth

    Developmental watch

  • Doesn’t respond to loud sounds

  • Doesn’t notice his hands

  • Doesn’t smile at the sound of your voice

  • Doesn’t follow moving objects with his eyes

  • Cannot support his head well

  • Doesn’t babble
  • Doesn’t grasp and hold objects

    Recommended activities

  • Rattles: as he loves grasping objects and exploring sounds. When he holds a rattle and waves his hands he will hear the noise and start to make a connection between moving hand and the rattle; he’s learning that if you can hear something you can probably see it too

  • Baby gym: he can lie on his back and focus on the brightly coloured shapes

  • Carry him around and show him shapes and colours and lights.

  • Make conversation whenever you have the chance, but particularly when he makes noises or looks your way

  • Talk as you do your everyday things.

  • Talk to your baby as though he understands you

  • Share a book, ideally with simple black and white pictures. Even the youngest baby will gaze at the pictures and enjoy listening to your voice.

  • Sing along. Now that your baby is more responsive, she will whoop with glee at your off-key performance.
Babies grow and develop at different rates. The information above is offered as a guide. There is no need to expect your baby's development to fit with all the above descriptions. If you’re at all worried about your baby's development, it is best to speak with your doctor. 



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