You can now see that your baby is more active and awake, making more movements and noise. There are many new milestones every month for the baby and as a parent, to see the baby growing every day is a gift and exciting moments. Make sure to write down new skills and milestones, and of course, take a lot of pictures. These moments go so fast and you will love to take a look at these later, it will also be fun for your baby when it gets older.
Communication and social development:
The communication is now more controlled by your baby itself. When the baby wants your attention it really shows it by making noises, moving the body, looking at your eyes and try to reach you with their hands. Just remember that everything the baby does can make the baby exhausted and tired because it is stimulating and developing at all time. When the baby is tired he turn away its head, and that means that you need to take a break, and always respect this.
The baby now recognizes mom and dad, and other close people that spend time with him in life. The baby shows excitement and happiness when he sees you, and prefer to be with mom or dad at all time. New people, or people the baby do not know so well, can be super scary for him. So when meeting new people, be there with your baby and talk to him so the baby can see that this is a safe situation. All babies are unique, some babies are more afraid, and some will maybe not react so much to strangers. The important thing is to find a balance and make sure that your baby feels safe.
When you talk to your baby you can see that he is responding to you, hearing your voice, how you talk with different sounds by putting together a sentence, is very exciting.
The contact can now be changed slightly from being direct "face to face", to focus more on things. You can draw the attention of the baby by using your voice to explain something about what he is interested in while gesturing and using facial features. It is this, your interpretation and explanation through words, movements, and sounds, that make life meaning to the baby. Now is the time to be the best teacher in your baby´s life, to show the way, learning new skills, helping your baby to explore new experiences and discoveries.
The baby will show temperament and you can see that some babies are quieter and like to focus on one thing for a long time, and others can be totally opposite. More impatient, angry, want to explore everything at the same time. No matter how your temperament is, do not worry, like adults the babies are also unique and different with their own personality. Spend time with your baby, learn to understand his personality, and together you can create sometimes amazing.
Try to put your baby in front of a mirror. What happens? I'm sure this is something very exciting and new experience.
Nutrition and sleep:
Some babies still get their nutrition through breastfeeding, but if you are not breastfeeding this is the perfect time to introduce their first purees to the diet. Starting to eat food helps the baby to develop another skill and also provide vitamins and proteins.
The first time your baby tries a new food, do not expect him to like it. Think about it, for the first time in life, the baby is going to taste something new. Not only is the taste new, but how it feels in the mouth, the texture, color, everything. Try to introduce the food in a way that the baby gets a positive experience from it.
The baby's eating skill is not developed yet as you may have been seen when you tried to give the baby porridge, or as you can see when you try it for the first time. Many parents think that the baby doesn´t want any food, and maybe that's right, but for most of the babies, they have problems to understand how to eat the food. He needs to practice every day. Right now the baby can only move the tongue back and forth and after some practice, the baby can move it to the sides.
The bite reflex is now a new skill that is a new step to learn how to chew. This reflex makes the baby bite the palms together, something that can make eating a bit difficult because the baby prefers to bite the spoon instead of eating the food from it.
To make eating a bit easier you can try to put some puree or porridge on the end of the spoon and touch the lips a bit, so the lips activate and the baby feel with his tongue that food is coming. Start with the small steps and after a few weeks, you can see that the baby´s eating skills are getting much better.
Some babies still need food in the night, and this is very individual. Some baby will eat until they are one year, in the night, and some babies are not eating at all and sleep during the night for six hours. You should not expect your baby to quit eating in the night, the baby will himself control this and stop when the time is right. If you have any concern about your baby you need to contact a specialist, no matter what it is about.
When it is about sleeping, the parents can feel tired and exhausted, because of loss of sleep. A good idea is to sleep when the baby is sleeping and at least one nap during the day.
In the development of the baby 3 months old, we were talking about sleeping routines. It is still important and it will always be. But now you can try to make the baby fall to sleep himself, to make it easier when it gets older to sleep better. This means that you should not breastfeed, making movements that make the baby fall to sleep, or anything else that makes the baby dependent on you. If you let the baby fall asleep by the boob or by rocking, you may learn the baby to need an adult needs to be there to sleep, and when the baby is waking up alone he can be very scared, and when the baby grows up this can be a bigger problem to establish.
Senses and motor skills:
Now the baby's motor skills are much more active and he wants to use the senses more to learn about life.
The baby will love to watch the small details and sense experiences with you, like watching new things, taste a new object, touch something with their hands. This is an adventure for your baby and as a parent, you should always tell your baby what he is looking at or holding in the hand. The baby will still put everything in their mouth, so watch out for small things in the surroundings.
The muscles and coordination are stronger and more precisely. I guess the baby can now turn around from the side to the back and from the side to the stomach. One of the new development now is to learn to roll all the way around from the back to the stomach, which is easier than from the stomach to the back.
When lying on the stomach the baby can lift up himself by using the arms. Maybe you also now can see that the baby is moving forward a bit, where did the baby go? So always keep an eye on him, suddenly he is on his way somewhere.
You will see more movements, reaching his knees, toes, and want to grab everything, and if he grabs you hair he doesn't care and will hold tight. Lightweight objects can now easily be moving from one hand to the other, and if he gets a bottle to drink from the can now hold it himself.
It manages to grasp things that are within reach and pick them up by using the entire hand. Can also pick things up with both hands, but release what it has in your hand if you give it something else.
Vision and hearing:
What is that new sound? The baby will try to use his mouth to make new sounds and will love to hear you make the same sounds and talking to him. It is very nice to take the baby with you when you do housework, let him watch you and talk about everything you do. The baby will also recognize his name when you call him.
The vision is much better now and the baby can focus on both short and long distance. Have some toys in your hands, tell the baby what kind of toy it is and make him recognize it and grab it with his hand.
Interest and play:
The interest in the world and surroundings are growing, so go together around the house and look at everything.
The game that is starting to get really fun at this age is Peek-A-Boo! It is an amazing play to learn new skills, social skills, exercising, and parent-child interaction.
What does the child learn from Peek-A-Boo? The child learns to wait for his turn, something that sounds weird to learn, but it is very important when playing with other children in the future. Also, at this time of life, if the child does not see you the think you are gone, and they have no time perspective. When you hide your face you learn that things can exist even if they are not visible, and that also make your child feel more secure.
Did you know it can help your child breaking the reading code later in life? This play stimulates many receptors and creates a lot of om chemical reactions in the brain. Peek-A-Boo makes these applications faster and stronger and can help the child breaking the reading code later.
It is very important to the child to experience things with different senses, knowing things, seeing them from different angles, and Peek-A-Boo is a confirmation that what the child is beginning to understand actually is true.