The first few months of your baby’s life are characterised by weight gain. Within three months your baby will have almost doubled their birth weight.
Closing of the fontanelle
The soft spots on your baby’s head will be closing over. Their skull is growing strong as these formerly soft and separate plates fuse together and firm up, giving your baby’s brain improved protection.
Increased stretches of sleep
As your baby’s stomach grows, their feeding frequency diminishes and by the time they are 12 weeks old they are likely to be able to sleep for stretches of five to six hours – approaching a normal night’s sleep for you!
Increased strength and movement
In the early days of your baby’s life they couldn’t move anything other than their legs and arms without your help. A few months down the track you might start to see your baby lifting their head up while lying down or rolling it from side to side.
While you’ve been cooing, talking and singing to your baby these past 12 weeks, they’ve been developing language. Although they can’t yet communicate back to you, your baby will be able to understand tone, sense body language and identify the sound of your voice. Your baby will smile when they see you and may even laugh when surprised or delighted.
Grabbing and playing with things
At three months old your baby will be able to grab and hold things placed into their hands and will often put them straight into their mouths. Warn family and friends when they’re reaching out with their hands!