Birth to 3 Months
Please note: all babies develop at their own pace, this information should just be used as a general guide.
Physical: Your baby is changing everyday. She is very alert visually. She is reaching for and grasping interesting objects and is shaking and batting at them to see what happens.
Language: Although he is using his cry to let you know if he is tired, hungry, or wants your attention, he is making cooing and other sounds with his voice, too.
Cognitive: She is learning where sounds come from and is reaching for toys that make pleasing sounds and music. She is starting to understand that she can make things happen and will shake toys to make a sound.
Social/Emotional: He is very interested in people and will smile in pleasure at familiar faces. He is becoming interested in who he is and will watch his own hands with fascination.
Playing with Your Baby: Sing simple songs, play games like Pat-a-Cake and Peek-a-Boo, and talk to your new baby. Put your baby on her tummy and put bright colored toys within reach so she will try to move towards and reach for them. Give him toys to hold that make music and noise when shaken or dropped. Toys with big knobs and buttons are fun to push and see what happens. Be sure that toys are well made and washable since she will put everything in her mouth.
Reading to Your Baby: Simple songs and nursery rhymes are ways to encourage a life-long interest in words and language development for your baby. Snuggle your baby in your lap and look at books together that have large, simple pictures while you read the words or name the pictures.