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You and your baby are slowly settling into a routine of nap times and awake times. By three months, your baby is awake for a good part of the day, and sleeping most of the night. Your baby is ready to learn about the world when he is awake. It's
a good time to slowly introduce new experiences to your baby. New experiences will help your baby's brain develop. When your baby is asleep, make sure he is lying on his back unless your doctor tells you otherwise. What your baby can see: Your baby's vision is improving! She is able to follow moving objects better. She can see close objects more clearly. She is starting to look in the direction where sounds are coming from. She sees your smile, and learns to smile back. Your baby is discovering her hands, and may spend time just looking at them. What your baby can hear: You may notice that your baby likes to listen to music. Music may calm your baby, or make your baby smile and move his arms and legs. Your baby loves to hear your voice, so tell him about what is going on around him. What your baby can feel: Your baby's hands are opening up more. Your baby may close her hands around objects placed in the palm of her hand. If you rub different materials or toys against her fingers, she will move her fingers against the material or toy. Your baby may even enjoy the feeling of her hand in her mouth. How your baby eats: How much and how often your baby eats will vary. Your baby can only tolerate liquids right now, so feed him only breast milk or iron-fortified formula. How to care for your baby's mouth: Your baby's gums need to be cleaned with an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth/gauze after feedings and at bedtime. How your baby moves ( ): Your baby is strengthening the muscles in his neck so that he may be able to hold his head up on his own, but he still needs your careful support. When you place your baby on his stomach for a little while, your baby will learn to hold up his head.

Your baby is also learning to control the muscles in his arms and legs by grabbing or kicking at toys or people. How your baby communicates ( ): Your baby likes to make cooing sounds. When you hear your baby cooing,
it's a good idea to coo, sing, or talk in return. Your baby will learn that making sounds is a good way to get your attention, and will coo even more when you respond to her "talk". Your baby's cries are becoming easier to identify. She will be able to use her sounds to tell you if she is hungry, wet, tired, or wants a change of position. Your baby still uses body language to tell you how she feels about what is going on. She may bring her hand to her head to signal that she wants a break, suck her fingers or hand, or turn her head away from you. How your baby is growing emotionally ( ): By 6 weeks of age, your baby will have learned to smile at you. When she smiles at you, she is inviting you to play with her. Loving and playing with your baby: Take your baby to different parts of the house so he can experience different things. Change your baby's position every so often. He may like to sit in a swing for a while, than lie on his belly for a few moments before being cuddled in your arms. Respond quickly to your baby's needs. His cry will tell you what he needs and when he needs it. Your baby will eat about every 3-4 hours. Some babies learn to sleep
through the night; others still need to eat during the night. Remember
to rest when your baby rests, if you can! Songs and nursery rhymes help your child to be ready for stories and picture books later on. How to keep your baby healthy:
Your baby is becoming more social these days. Your baby will smile more often, and begin to laugh. Your baby will enjoy playing simple games with you. In these games, you and your baby will take turns doing something that delights the other.

Your baby learns that her actions can cause a reaction in her surroundings. As your baby gains better muscle control, she is able to really explore her world around her. When your baby is asleep, make sure he lying on his back. What your baby can see: Your baby can focus on objects as far away as three feet. Your baby can follow objects going across him and over-and-under him. Depth perception is developing in your baby. He can begin to differentiate between objects that are close to him and objects that are far away. Your baby likes looking at his hands and feet. He can look back and forth at two different things. How your baby eats: You can begin introducing solid foods once your doctor says it is okay (usually at the 4 or 6 month check-up). When solid foods are given, be sure she is sitting upright to reduce the risk of choking. Solid foods should begin with iron-fortified, single-grain cereals and slowly shift to strained/pureed baby meats and baby vegetables. Stay away from "low-fat" foods at this stage because your baby needs the fat content in foods to grow. How to care for your baby's mouth: Your baby's gums need to be cleaned with an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth/gauze after feedings and at bedtime. Your baby may be experiencing pain and/or swollen gums as her teeth begin to come in. Most babies get their first tooth at 6-7 months, although some get it as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months. Try gently massaging the gums with a clean fingertip to provide relief for teething pain. Your baby may feel better when chewing on cold objects (e. g. chilled washcloth, teething ring, or cool spoon). Make sure the object won't break or make her choke. How your baby moves ( ): During this period, your baby learns to hold her head up on her own. When you put your baby on her belly, she will learn to push up on her hands to look around.

She may start to roll over during these months. It is a good idea to always make sure you leave your baby in a safe place, like a crib or on the floor. If you prop pillows around your baby, she will enjoy sitting up. However, your baby probably can't sit yet without support. How your baby uses her hands ( ): Your baby can reach and grab things now. Your baby can play with her hands together. Your baby enjoys reaching for his toes. Your baby puts all kinds of things in his mouth. It's another way of exploring toys. Since your baby loves to put things into his mouth out of curiosity, keep small objects that he could swallow and choke on away from his reach. How your baby communicates ( ): Your baby is imitating more facial expressions. Your baby will begin using many different vowel sounds. You may hear your baby making more sounds when playing by herself. Your baby may start "squealing" during this time as she explores making high pitched and low pitched sounds. You may hear growling or gurgling; you can have a "conversation" by copying your baby's sounds and taking turns "talking". How your baby is growing emotionally ( ): Your baby will become more active in getting your attention. Your baby may respond differently to the voice of a stranger than to the voice of a familiar person. Loving and playing with your baby: Your baby may enjoy playing peek-a-boo with you. Prop up your baby with pillows, or sit him in your lap, and give him toys to explore with his hands or mouth. Give your baby lots of opportunities to reach for things with different textures. Sing songs with rhymes to your baby. "Read" books with bright pictures to your baby. Your baby will enjoy the sound of your voice and the pictures in the book! Your baby probably still needs 2-3 naps per day. Remember to rest if you can during this time! How to keep your baby healthy:

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