Your baby is now three months old. She is growing bigger and becoming more and more aware with every passing day. Her senses are more powerful.
By the time your baby is three months old his/her startled reflex should have faded. Your baby’s neck strength is improving. You might notice that his/her head does not wobble when you hold his/her upright. He/she would have enough upper-body strength to support his/her head and chest with his/her arms while lying on his/her stomach and enough lower body strength to stretch his/her legs out and kick.
Your baby’s stomach can now take in more milk. This should allow his/her to sleep for six to seven hours at a stretch. If he/she wakes up in the middle of the night, don’t respond immediately. Wait for about 30 seconds. Sometimes he/she will cry for a few seconds and then fall asleep on his/her own.
At this stage, your baby’s senses are gaining in power. He/she can hear and see better. He/she will be able to turn his/her head and smile in the direction of your voice. Try playing some music for her. He/she might just love it!
His/her primary method of communicating will now change from crying to cooing or making sounds like “ooh and aah”. So his/her cries now gain more meaning. If you can’t figure out why he/she is crying, consult your pediatrician. There can be a medical reason behind his/her tears.
Engage your little one in conversation by responding to sounds and narrating what you are doing when you are together. You can start by saying, ”I’m going to change your diaper now,” or, ”It’s time for lunch!” Your baby will listen to your voice and watch your expressions as you talk. Having conversations is also a great way to strengthen the bond with your baby.
Don’t sound alarmed if your three-month-old misses a milestone, especially if he/she was born prematurely. However, do call your pediatrician if your baby hasn’t responded to noises, followed people or objects with his/her eyes, smiled or reached out for objects.