Remember how you wished your baby would learn there is more
to life than crying, feeding and sleeping? Your wishes are
coming true. Your baby's third month will see her become
much more interactive. So much so with some babies, that
parents secretly sigh, "Why doesn't she ever sleep?" Wonder
what to expect in the third month?
Good night baby
Worried that your baby is still not sleeping through the
night? Most three month-old babies need at least one feed in
the middle of the night. You can try to shorten those night-
time feedings by making sure baby's getting enough day long
and cutting down the amount baby gets at night.
Co-sleeping is convenient for those nighttime feeds. But
research has consistently shown that parents and babies both
sleep less. The reason? Your baby's restlessness might
prompt you to wake and feed him when he probably would have
drifted off to sleep by himself.
More active and more interactive too
Exhausted after a long day of work? Trust baby's genuine
smiles to cheer you. Your baby now probably recognizes her
parents, whom she rewards with smiles, and sometimes even ah-
goos and laughter. Talk to your baby whenever you are around
her to hone her language skills. She loves it when you
imitate her sounds.
Your baby can now perhaps raise her chest, supported by her
arms, when she lies on her stomach. She can focus on objects
and reach for them. A three-month old baby occasionally
might able to roll over one way.
When you visit your doctor for baby's shots, it is a great
idea to prepare a list of questions to ask. Babies reach
developmental milestones at different ages, so desist the
temptation to compare your baby with another.
Feeding on demand
Parenting on schedule is definitely easier on you than
parenting on demand. But scheduling a baby must not be taken
to an extreme. Denying a baby a feed because it is not time
yet can diminish milk supply and lower weight gain.
Parenting against your philosophy is never effective. As
always, follow your instinct and baby's cues to set a
successful yet flexible schedule.
Stimulating books, games and toys for baby
Every toy you buy for your three month-old baby does not
have to bring out his Einstein factor. A mixture of fun and
learning works best. Attractive colors, funny sounds,
mobiles and rattles interest him. It is never too early to
read to baby even though all he seems to want is to grab the
book and chew on it.
Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
You can significantly reduce the risk of SIDS or cot death
by putting baby to sleep on her back, using a firm mattress,
and preventing overheating. It might be a good idea to learn
infant CPR techniques if you are worried about SIDS.
Choosing a babysitter
It is a good idea to let baby get used to other people
besides mom and dad. Even if you are not going back to work,
an occasional night out will work wonders for your
relationship with your spouse. There are several child-care
alternatives you can choose from. Whatever you choose, watch
out for any changes or signs of discomfort in your baby.
Your baby's disposition is the best indicator of the quality
of childcare he is getting.
In baby's third month, her horizons are slowly expanding.
Entertain your baby and get entertained in return. You are
just beginning to reap the rewards of parenting.
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