Baby development - 3 months

What is your baby doing?

  • When placed on their tummy your baby should be able to lift both his/her head and chest/
  • Watching his/her hands and playing with their fingers
  • Loudly laughing and vocalising when you speak to him/her
  • Holding on to objects and waving them around

What not to worry about - sleeping patterns

At three months of age your baby is likely sleep about 15 hours out of each 24-hour period, and two thirds of that sleep usually takes place during the night. However, all babies are different so don’t despair if your baby is still only sleeping for short stretches. It can help to encourage wakefulness during the day with lots of activity and set up a sleeping routine of two or three small sleeps during the day to encourage a longer period at night.

How you can help your child at this age?

  1. Attach stuffed toys that make noises to your child’s pushchair/pram, or a wrist rattle and show him how they work. Babies at this age are interested in grabbing, shaking and dropping things.
  2. Use a bouncy chair so your baby can sit up and look around him
  3. Start singing rhymes to your baby - nursery rhymes promote excellent listening skills.
  4. Make sure you give your baby Tummy time during the day and work up to 15 to 20 minutes on his tummy every day. This is essential to help develop the muscles in his arms, shoulders, upper back, and neck. Tummy time also sets the stage for motor skills like reaching, rolling over, and crawling.

Troubleshooting - "My baby hates playing on her tummy"

“My son also hated it when I put him belly-down on the floor, but after he started to get a flat patch on the back of his head my health visitor advise me to persevere. I started with two minutes a day on his tummy and worked upwards to longer sessions. It also helped for me to lie on the floor with him and talk to him face to face and/or place a mirror on the floor in front of him so he could look down at himself.”

Sam, 34 mum to Troy 18 months.

Next steps

Baby development at 4 months