Three-Month Old Milestones
This information will include your baby’s milestone in regards to:
Vision – Your baby is now discovering things by touching. To encourage him, try giving him different textured objects to experience and also learn. Another new skill that your baby is learning is cause and effect. You may notice that he will intentionally move or hit an object. You might also notice better hand-eye coordination, which means his vision is improving.
Motor skills – your baby will improve his motor skills largely. Generally, between month two and three your baby will get fascinated with his hands. He will stare at them, try to eat them, and do more with them by touching and grabbing. Your baby should now be strong enough to support their chest and head when on their tummy. His lower body strength should allow him to kick and stretch his legs. Continue to encourage tummy time to strengthen his neck and back muscles.
Hearing – your baby will now be able to turn towards a sound or voice. Don’t be afraid to test this frequently.
You can help your baby’s development by doing the following:-
- Increasing tummy
- Buy him brightly colored toys and encourage play time
- Read and talk to him often
- Hold him on his feet to strengthen his lower body
- Get a lot of skin to skin contact for both bonding and comfort. The best way is through a body massage.
- Ensure that he sleeps for up to six hours by making sure he is well fed.
Here are some signs that you need to be wary of:-
- Unresponsive to loud sounds
- Doesn’t notice his hands
- Is unable to support his head well
- Doesn’t follow anything that moves
- Doesn’t smile
- Is unable to stand firm when his placed on a hard surface
Also refer to developmental issues at 2 months here.
- Weight – average gain 200g to 900g
- Height – average increase of 1 inch
- Head Size – average growth of half an inch
Remember that every baby develops at his or her own pace.
“General idea of what your 3-month old should be- weight information, height, head circumference, growth chart expectations.
#Please note that development differs from one child to another
# Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.
Last reviewed January 2018