There are many development stages in 3 months old baby.
I. Milestones of 3 months: Baby’s first words and steps
a- 3 to 4 months: first words: The first words baby will say is mommy or daddy. He will begin to respond if you call his name, show him a toy then let him go from your arms.
b- 5 to 6 months: first steps: In the arms of a standing person, the baby should stand alone and should support himself on his legs.
c- 7 to 8 months: walking steadily: he should be able to walk from one place to another without help. (He will take a few steps while holding your hands but then drop them)
d- 9 to 12 months: Walking independently: baby will be able to walk independently and even run.
II. Developmental stages at 3 months old:
A- Motor Skills:
Baby can now hold his head up steady and can look around the room. He will start to reach for things and grasp them with both hands. His hand-eye coordination is getting better and he can now roll over from his stomach to his back.
B- Social Skills:
Baby will start to interact with people around him. He will smile, laugh, and even cry when he doesn’t get what he wants.
C- Cognitive Skills:
Baby will start to understand that things continue to exist when they are hidden behind other things. For example, hiding a toy underneath a blanket or pillow will make the baby look for it in both places.
D- Language Skills:
Baby will start to babble when he hears people talking around him. He responds when you call his name and can say “mama” or “dada”. He can follow simple instructions like “come here.”
E- Emotional Skills:
The baby will become more active and start to explore his surroundings. He can get frustrated when he can’t do something or gets into trouble.
F- Intellectual Abilities :
Even though the baby still doesn’t understand the concept of time, he has developed other abilities such as memory, problem-solving skills, and the understanding of numbers.
Habits of 3-month baby
1. Encourage your baby to explore new things.
At this age, your baby’s vision isn’t very sharp, but her hand-eye coordination is coming along nicely. By encouraging your infant to explore new things with her hands, you’ll help build the muscles in her arms and hands.
2. Hold up a toy within sight of your baby’s face and watch her reach for it. She may not be able to reach it, but she knows what to do — and that’s half the battle.
3. Make sure your baby is getting enough rest by putting her down for one long nap each day; this should be at about the same time each day. If she wakes up groggy, wait an hour or so before trying again.
4. Gently remove your baby’s pacifier if she falls asleep with it in her mouth.
5. Make sure there are no strings attached to the pacifier, which could pose a choking hazard.
6. If you’re breastfeeding, don’t worry about introducing cereal into your infant’s diet until he is 4 months old. When the time is right, spoon 1 or 2 teaspoons of cereal into his mouth after each feeding.
7. To avoid the risk of choking, hold your baby facedown on your forearm with his head at about a 45-degree angle so he’s looking down at the floor when you give him his first taste of cereal. Be sure to only put a small amount on the tip of his tongue.
8. Offer your baby 5 or 6 feedings each day, including one for nighttime, to help him get enough calories and nutrients.
9. Start offering water by month 3 if you’re breastfeeding, because it’s an excellent source of fluids that will provide more moisture in your baby’s diet.