1. Begins to Smile:
A 3-month-old typically begins smiling in response to people and things that they are attracted to. Parents should continue to engage with their child and offer a positive reaction when they see their baby smile.
2. Beginning to Coo:
Babies will start making cooing noises as they experiment with the sounds their mouths can make. Parents can encourage this by talking to their child in a soft voice and responding with coos of their own.
Babbling typically starts at 3 months old as babies begin to imitate the speech they hear around them. Parents can help foster this development by talking to their child often and using different tones of voice.
4. Tracking Objects With Eyes:
At 3 months old, babies will start tracking objects with their eyes, following them from side to side. This is an important development for future visual skills.
5. Sitting Upright Without Support:
Most 3-month-olds will be able to sit upright without support, although some may need a little help from mom or dad at first. This milestone indicates that a baby's muscles are developing properly.
6. Bringing Hands Together:
Around 3 months old, babies will start bringing their hands together as they watch them move. This is an early sign of hand-eye coordination.
7. Reaching for Objects:
By 3 months old, most babies will be reaching for objects that interest them. This helps them learn about the world around them and develop their fine motor skills.
8. Rolling Over:
Most babies will roll over on their own by 3 months old, but don't be alarmed if your child takes a little longer. This milestone signifies that a baby is becoming stronger and more coordinated.
9. Sucking on Fingers or Thumbs:
Sucking on fingers or thumbs is a natural habit for newborns and most 3-month-olds will still be doing it at this stage. This helps infants soothe themselves and prepares them for later breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
10. Follows Moving Objects With Eyes:
By 3 months old, many babies will be following moving objects with their eyes until they disappear from sight. This shows that they are developing good visual tracking skills.