Baby Development Milestones: The first 3 months
Just like every other new mother, you probably are one confused mom!
Like most other mothers, you will also be subjected to extensive mental trauma regarding your baby’s mental and physical development.
In this article, we are going to teach you 5 SIMPLE STEPS (Nursing, Crying, Communication, Social skills and Fine Motor Skills) that will help you assess the development of your child during the first 3 months.
If you fail to observe these protocols in your child even after the 5th month, then you should probably consult your child’s doctor.
Here’s a check list of what you should observe in your baby by the time he is 3 months old:
While nursing, your baby should suck well with his tongue, inner mouth and lips.
- The baby’s feeding position should be correct.
- An orthodontic pacifier can help you with proper feeding positions to promote:
- Strong sucking skills
- He will cry loudly to express any kind of discomfort.
- After the 1st month, the baby’s cries will be of different FREQUENCIES – to express different levels of discomfort.
- As a parent, you should listen carefully and learn the differences in frequencies.
- Try and understand what each cry means.
- For example- A long, loud wailing cry could mean that the baby is having colic/stomach pain. A short, softer cry in intervals may mean that your baby is starting to get hungry.This will help you attend to your child’s requirements at the earliest.
- Note that this varies for each baby.
- Your baby will “coo” and gurgle as a mode of interaction.
- Makes different sounds in an attempt to respond to the surrounding happenings.
- Tries to blow bubbles through his lips.
- Imitate your baby’s cooing sounds. This encourages communication.
- CHANGE YOUR TONE: Talk to the baby in different pitches to grab his attention.
- BLOW AIR from your lips on your baby’s head or tummy – this improves his reactive capabilities. Be careful not to blow too hard.
4. SOCIAL SKILLS:
- He will smile to express happiness and pleasure.
- Smile back at your baby. This is a signal that everything is fine.
5. FINE MOTOR SKILLS
- Place a rattle in your baby’s hand. He should be able to grasp and hold it.
- Play with your baby’s hand gently and allow him to hold your fingers.
- This encourages the development of fine motor skills.
Observe your child very carefully before making any conclusion. If in doubt, always consult your baby’s doctor.