Baby - The third month

Parentree-editors 2008-08-14 23:26:13

Your baby is now two months old and entering the third month.

In this series of articles, we are focusing on physical, mental and behavioural characteristics that are typically exhibited at each stage.  However, remember that every child is unique and that is what we love about them. Some will exhibit certain behaviours early and some later. Just learn to enjoy parenthood and your children and go on the journey with them.

Also, when you read this series of articles, don't leave after reading one entry. Look at the entries for earlier and later periods also. This series of articles is written as a continuum and not as distinct entries for each period. For example, if your baby is six months old, read all entries from four to eight months.

Do bring it to your doctor's attention if there is an abnormal delay in reaching a developmental milestone. Regular visits to the paediatrician are required to ensure that your baby is progressing normally.

From the mouths of babes

  • My brain is growing. I am more alert now.
  • I can focus on people, even track people with my eyes and I maybe able to move my head to track them even more.
  • I am quite a blabbermouth now. I speak babytalk and in my language sounds like "ah", "oh", "ooh", "eh", "fsss" are commonly used. 
  • I can also grip small objects like rattles my teeny-tiny hands. Give them to me and watch me do it.
  • When I hear sounds, I try to locate them and look towards them

Physical

  • Your baby's neck and shoulders are gaining strength allowing her to move her head a bit, thus seeing more
  • Your baby will try to bring his hands to his mouth often
  • Your baby will be more active with his hands and feet especially when awake, as his body is gaining strength
  • In general, your baby will start to sleep for longer periods at night, though each baby is different.
  • Your baby will use about 7 to 10 diapers per day. Bowel movements may decrease to one per day as the baby's digestive system improves.

Nurturing

  • Continue to breastfeed. You are helping your baby's immunity
  • Play with your baby and repeat her babytalk to her
  • Call your baby by name and have simple conversations with him and ask him questions about what he wants though he can't answer
  • Start introducing gestures into the conversation like holding and waving the baby's hand to say goodbye
  • Don't let a baby cry alone for long
  • Take your baby out more
  • Sing to your baby, including a nursery rhyme or two

Toys

  • Toys that make soft sounds when rolled or moved or squeezed
  • Toys that are light and easy to grasp - soft plush animals & dolls, squeeze balls
  • A well secured mirror toy can also be hung in the crib
  • Toys the baby can push with her hands and have them swing back towards her

Mommy care

  • Get rest when you can. Rest and/or sleep when your baby sleeps
  • Put more physical activity into your daily schedule. Exercise will help you relax and take that extra weight off

Daddy dearest

  • Do all the things that baby wants you to do - play, hold, talk, change diapers, bathe, take walks, short trips outside

References

1. Healthy Start, Grow Smart, Your Two Month Old, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2002

2. Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Policy on Infant Feeding

3. Toy Safety Publications of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

Child development - Baby, Toddler & Preschooler

Developmental milestones
Age appropriate toys
Physical development
Tips to nurture your child

 


 

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