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Thursday, April 17, 2014

3 Month Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary Of A New Mum

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That little bundle you brought home is now officially an infant! Somebody is growing up with lots of love for sure :-)

You are already quite the adept mamma by now, but there are some things that may or may not be known, especially if you are a first time mum.

Also, with constant 'free advice' from family and friends and even strangers, there are a lot of doubts about what baby can and cannot do at this age.

A few milestones are out there for you to notice this month, but remember that all babies reach their milestone at their own pace, so unless your baby is reallllllllyyyyyyyyy taking a long time, there is not even a speck of worry that you should have. In any case, baby will have a monthly checkup so the doctor will be there to discuss with as well!

What your 3 month old baby will be doing:


Communication:
  • If you love the idea of reading to your child, now is the time to begin! Your baby will love those stories that you read out to her.
  • Read a bedtime story to your baby each time you put her to bed, or even otherwise
  • Your varying speech and rhythm will help create the basic foundations of communication for your little one 
  • Talk to her and you will be surprised at how she will try to listen to you carefully
  • Your baby may also try to talk to you in her own way, surprising you and making you want to grab her up and give her the kissies :-)
  • Let her experience different sounds and music and words...it is what she hears, not the meaning that matters 
  • For those who speak multiple languages at home, make sure your baby is exposed to all the different languages, as it will give her a broad expanse
  • Not just talking, your baby will show a host of different facial expressions and it is going to be a joy to stare into that angelic face :-)
Positioning:
  • By the 3rd month your baby will be trying to roll on her back. 
  • This can be quite a surprise for both you and baby, and she will be as surprised as you, so enjoy the moment 
  • Rolling over can be dangerous if baby is unattended, so make sure she is always on a safe surface
  • Do not leave baby unattended on a bed or changing table
  • You can always place baby on a floor bed, or a crib that you can keep near where you are
  • Her head and neck as well as shoulder muscles will be quite strong now 
  • Baby will be in a much better position to hold up her head
Developments: 
  • Your baby will try to reach out and touch things
  • Give her toys that are bright in colour
  • Hold them in front of her and let her reach out her arms to try and touch them
  • Give her different board books that help her broaden her touch experience with different textures
  • This is also a very important time to bond skin to skin with baby, so make sure you touch her as much as you can
  • Hold her in your arms, stroke that pudgy cheeks, stroke those tiny fingers, gobble up those toes and the tummy and give her a nice massage time
 Crying:
  • Of course she is a baby and of course she will cry, but by this age, her crying will mostly be about hunger and sleep. It can also occasionally be about a nappy change.
  • Babies who are suffering from colic will still continue to have the same discomfort, as colic will affect baby till about the 4th or 5th month.
Sleep:
  • You may have some good news now finally, as those long nights of not sleeping will get more stable, and baby will have a better sleep patter. But do not expect a miracle yet parents! 
  • Make sure baby is in a room that has a comfortable temperature - neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Do not place any item of clothing, bedding or toy, or anything for that matter, on baby's cot. 
  • Many babies may still have the same disturbed sleep pattern as earlier and may not sleep through the night till about they are 6 months or more.
 Love your baby and enjoy these moments, the milestones will follow :-)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ
Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta
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