3 month old child development is fascinating to watch. They’re now past the newborn stage and will be able to stay awake longer. Your infant will also start taking more of an interest in their surroundings!
It’s difficult to know what this stage of your baby’s life will bring. Especially if they’re your first child. That’s why we’ve put together a checklist of some typical developmental milestones for 3 month olds. It includes different areas of development. Like physical development, hearing and eyesight. Language and speech. As well as, social and emotional milestones.
At the end, we’ll also share fun and easy activities and toys your infant will love. So you can entertain your little one at home. And help their learning and development.
So if you have questions like: Do babies change at 3 months? What can a 3 month old baby do? And how do you play with a 3 month old? Keep reading!
Do Babies Change At 3 Months?
At 3 months old, your infant is now out of the fourth trimester. They’re more used to being in a busy environment that’s filled with things to look at and listen to. It’s because of this reason that your baby may seem more content and will cry less.
What Can a 3 Month Old Baby Do?
At 3 months old, your little one can now control their head better! Lots of their other physical skills are also quickly improving. Here are some more things you can expect your little one to do this month.
Typical Physical Milestones. Including Eyesight, Hearing and Fine Motor Skills
- Moves their head to look around and will turn their head towards a sound. For example, a nearby voice.
- Will enjoy watching their own hands move in front of their face. They’ll open and close them. As well as press their hands together.
- Will look at an object for a couple of seconds when it’s put 15-25cm away. But they won’t stare at it for a long time though.
- Their movements are now smoother and more constant
- Energetically kicks their legs. Most of the time they alternate them. But they’ll also sometimes kick both of them together.
- Is able to lift their head and chest and will use their forearms to support themselves during tummy time.
- Follows a toy or your face with their eyes, when it’s moved in a semi-circle (visual tracking)
- Reaches out to hold an object with both hands (4 months)
- Is able to hold a rattle when it’s placed in their hands. And they may try to move it towards their face (4 months)
Normal Language and Speaking Development
- Chats happily when they’re spoken to or if they’re pleased
- Cries when they’re uncomfortable. Or if they’re annoyed
- Smiles, cooes and shows excited movements when they’re expecting a bottle or to be breast fed
Emotional, Social and Behaviour Developmental Milestones
- Contentedly stares at your face when you’re feeding them
- Is starting to enjoy bathing and caring routines
Want to keep track of your little one’s milestones? Download our free printable checklist.
Now you know more about 3 month old child development milestones. Let’s look at some toys, activities and games you can play with your little one.
How Do You Play With a 3 Month Old?
Your 3 month old is now able to stay awake a lot longer compared to just a few months ago. You can expect them to be able to stay awake for 75 minutes to 2 hours!
So you’ll need to stimulate them in different ways some of the time.
Talking to them, reading books and going for walks will keep them busy and learning. But you can also try fun activities, games and toys too. Check out our previous blog post. 3 Month Old Learning Activities That’ll Boost Development. It has 13 easy ideas! You can also check out our list of 8 Fun Things to Do With Your Newborn Baby too.
Whichever 3 month old child development activities you try, make sure you talk to your baby throughout. Show your excitement. Smile, copy them and also encourage them when they make sounds. Be sure to get down to your baby’s eye level when you’re playing too. They’ll find it reassuring that they can see you.
Remember to look for signs of overstimulation and give them time to rest if they’re becoming fussy. It’s not true that your infant will fall asleep on their own if they’re tired enough. (I definitely learnt this the hard way!)
Now you know all about 3 month old child development and what your baby can do, all that’s left to do is play!
So check out the suggested activities and see how your little one responds. Did you notice they were able to do one of the milestones mentioned above? Did they turn their head towards a sound? Did they energetically kick their legs?
Don’t forget to download our free printable checklist of all of the 3 month old child development milestones we talked about. And make sure you take photos and videos so you can look back on the precious memories!
Lastly, always talk to your health visitor (UK), if you have any concerns about your baby’s development. Don’t worry if your concerns seem small. You know your child best. So follow your mummy instincts. They won’t let you down!
Sharma A. & Cockeril H. (2014) Mary Sheridan’s From Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress, 4th Edition. Oxon: Routledge (Accessed 20th February 2021)