Your Baby at 3 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Turns head and eyes together toward an interesting sound.
  • Quiets and stops sucking to listen intently to a variety of sounds. Prefers the human voice to other sounds.
  • Coos and gurgles with vowel sounds "ah, eh, oh" in response to what he sees, hears and feels inside his body.
  • Begins to suck at sight of breast or bottle, anticipating feeding.
  • Becomes excited in anticipation of a regular activity like bath time. Begins to enjoy bath time.
  • Soothes and relaxes himself by sucking on hands.
  • Startles and looks surprised at a sudden loud noise.
  • More visually alert when sitting upright. Beginning to associate lying down with sleeping.
  • Imitates your exaggerated facial expressions.
  • Stares at himself in mirror.
  • May become distracted during feeding by watching other people and activity in room or even just by hearing mother talk.

Emotional Development

  • Responsive smile in reaction to parent smiling at her. Smiles for pleasure and delight.
  • Turns away from eye-to-eye contact when tired of interacting.
  • Begins sucking, wrinkles up face, stares vacantly, yawns, begins to squirm or cry when tired of playing.
  • Expresses the emotions of delight, excitement, distress and protest with total body movements.
  • For colicky baby, crying may peak at 6 weeks and continue to 10 weeks; gradually fades by 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Demonstrates individuality in temperament and personality.
  • Settles into feeding and sleep pattern with more alert responsive time in the day. May sleep five to seven hours at night.

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at One Month
- Your Baby at Three Months
- Games Babies and Parents Play (Birth to Four Months)


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