Parenting | 12 November 2015Better Parenting: What to Expect in Baby’s Third Month of Life Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The Better Way to Care for Your Baby will help new and experienced parents choose the latest and safest techniques for raising babies. The week-by-week guide will help you know what milestones to look for, how to tackle challenges that occur and how to take care of yourself while also providing enough attention to your little one. Here’s what you can expect during your baby’s third month of life, weeks 9 to 13. Checklist for Month Three: Consider professional portraits for your baby. Schedule a date night. Defend against diaper rash. Learn how to play with twins. Check in with older siblings. What to Watch for in the Third Month: Not making eye contact Smiling when seeing a parent’s face or hearing their voice Reaching for objects Poor head control when sitting or being pulled up Calming to soothing sounds when he can’t see you Be Sure to: Support baby’s head Watch for new skills Baby Skills: Can lift his head up while on his belly Will turn toward sound Can hold her head up to a 90° angle Will bear weight on her legs when in a standing position Will begin to try to roll over; some babies will roll in one direction Will reach for objects within her grasp Can grasp small toys when placed in her hand Will open his hands more Makes eye contact Can hold her head up longer during tummy time Will vocalize more Can recognize family members Might develop a preference for male or female voices Will continue to learn to laugh or giggle Baby Data: Your baby is really starting to play now! In addition to the great smiles and coos he is giving, your baby is also getting more physically active. You can watch him lift his head really well now, though his head will begin to bob as his neck muscles tire. Your baby is also opening his hands more and is even able to grasp toys. And he’s probably still bonking himself on the head with that rattle in his hands. That will really surprise him, as he still has no idea how it ] happened. If you hold him in a standing position, he might even bear weight on his legs, though he won’t be ready to walk for several months to come. Your baby will still be eating frequently, but is probably moving closer to the every-three-hour mark for most feedings. However, some babies who are on the smaller side or who need to gain more weight might still be eating more frequently. The number of wet and soiled diapers your baby has still remains the best way to tell that he is getting enough to eat. Your baby might be down to one nighttime feeding, but might also still need to eat more frequently. (Particularly if you are breastfeeding and cosleeping, your baby might be feeding more often during the night, and you might not even realize it as much if you are not getting up. If your baby is simply nursing while lying down and going back to sleep, these wakings are probably easier to bear and do not disrupt nighttime sleep as much as they would if she were fully waking, fussing, and crying.) Sleep is still on your mind, and you’re probably thinking you would prefer to have more. The good news is that you probably have figured out a daily napping routine. Now if you would only remember to nap occasionally when the baby naps. Some babies are sleeping well at night by this point, but trying to figure out how to get your baby to take her longest sleep period at night is not always easy for every family. Hot Mama for Month Three Get out of the stretch pants. They aren’t helping you and can give you room to expand without realizing it. It’s time for real clothes, even if you have to buy some new ones. Mama Moment This month is the light at the end of a busy tunnel! You’ve settled into having a baby and you’ve made it through the early newborn phase. Now that you are feeling better and your baby is becoming more social, life might feel a lot easier at times. Hopefully, you have figured out some routines that work for you and your family, and you are ready to tackle the world. (Some days, at least.) Just don’t get overly ambitious, and consider lying low for a while when necessary. Remember, this stage is all about finding the right balance for you and your family. Go out and have fun with your baby, but remember to come home to recharge your batteries as well. You will also start remembering that there are other people in your life beyond the ones you see every day! Enjoy rekindling all of those familiar friendships and relationships, and get ready to begin some new ones as you meet other moms. Buy from an Online Retailer US: If you ever wished your newborn came with an owner’s manual The Better Way to Care for Your Baby is it. Nationally recognized pregnancy and baby care expert Robin Elise Weiss, L.C.C.E, ICCE, provides sage advice for your biggest concerns regarding your baby’s growth and development, as well as solutions to everyday issues such as feeding, sleeping, and playtime. Broken down in a helpful month-by-month format each chapter includes: Multiple quick-references – handy checklists of what to know and do and baby data about how your newborn is growing What to Watch For sections – that address any potential complications or concerns including what you can handle yourself and when you should call your doctor Baby Skills – key milestones and cues you should watch for in your baby including reflexes, eye contact, and verbal and physical responses Mama Moments – to help you take care of yourself as you take care of your new baby More than 150 full-color photos and illustrations give you plenty of visual references and step-by-step instructions. You’ll also get the latest information on hot, and widely debated, topics such as infant feeding, allergies, immunizations, developmental play, and more. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.