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3 Month Old Baby: Development and Milestones
What a charmer! At 3-months-old, baby is probably smiling plenty, and they’ve likely started to imitate what they hear and see (so watch what you do, mama!). You should chat with baby throughout the day, describing what you're doing, how you're doing it and where you're going—this is how they’ll eventually learn to talk! Just don't go too crazy though. Baby is a quick learner, but they need you to keep things clear and simple, and to recognize when they need a break.
As your 3-month-old baby continues to grow and develop, there are lots of things you’ll want to keep an eye on and a few key 3-month-old baby milestones to watch for. With a whole three months under your parenting belt, you may feel more confident in your child-rearing skills, but you likely have a lot of questions: How often do you feed a 3-month-old baby? How can you play with a 3-month-old? And let’s not forget: When will my 3-month-old sleep through the night? Ready for the lowdown? Here’s everything you need to know about your budding little person.
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Activities for a 3-month-old
3-month-old baby checklist and tips
Baby is becoming even more active and social at the three-month mark, right? They’re more in control of their body and more aware of people and interacting with them, which makes for lots of fun at playtime.
3-month-old baby weight and length
Parents want to know: How much should a 3-month-old weigh and measure? The average weight of a 3-month-old baby is 12.9 pounds for girls and 14.1 pounds for boys; average length is 23.5 inches for girls and 24.2 inches for boys.
Whether baby’s close to the average or not, the important thing is that they’re growing at a healthy rate. They’ve likely gained another 1.5 to 2 pounds and grown 1 to 1.5 inches this month. The size of baby’s head may have gone up by a half inch too.
It’s common for a baby to experience a 3-month-old growth spurt. Signs of a growth spurt are having an especially hungry or cranky baby. Baby might wake more at night too. Don’t worry—growth spurts are temporary! Let baby eat, sleep or cuddle more if that’s what they seem to want, and try not to get too frustrated by the sudden change. It can be exhausting for you, but growth spurts usually only last one to three days at a time.
3-month-old’s five senses
At 3-months-old, baby’s senses have developed rapidly.
- They’re working at becoming a great communicator, making eye contact with you, and they can now recognize your face.
- They follow moving objects with their eyes.
- They smile when they hear your voice.
3-month-old baby milestones
Read for all the cuteness to ensue? There are impressive developmental milestones approaching. So what should a 3-month-old be doing? Here’s a peek:
- They’re mimicking some sounds, movements and expressions and starting to babble.
- Let baby play on the floor or under a baby gym, since they love to kick up a storm and swing at things and bat at any dangling toys they see.
- A 3-month-old at tummy time probably raises their head and chest, holding up their upper body with their arms.
- They open and close their hands.
- When you hold baby upright, they’ll push down with their feet onto the floor or your lap.
- They bat at hanging toys above.
- They can grasp and shake a toy.
- You might be wondering, can a baby sit at 3 months of age? Every baby is unique, but many begin sitting up with support anywhere between the three- and five-month marks. The bigger and stronger baby gets, the easier it will be for them to sit up solo.
- Another big question: Can a 3-month-old baby see the TV? At this age, babies are beginning to see more vivid colors and can recognize faces at a distance. Regardless, most experts advise against introducing television or digital screens at such a young age.
You’ll also want to look out for these signs of a developmental or medical problem at the three-month stage; they’re worth a call to the doctor:
- Baby doesn’t respond to loud sounds or smile at the sound of your voice.
- Baby doesn’t follow moving objects with their eyes.
- Baby doesn’t smile socially.
- Baby can’t grasp or hold objects.
- Baby doesn’t bring their hands or objects to their mouth.
- Baby’s eyes still seem crossed most of the time.
- Baby doesn’t babble.
- Baby doesn’t pay attention to new faces.
- Baby doesn’t push down with their feet when they’re held upright and they’re placed on a flat surface.
There are lots of health questions parents of 3-month-olds have. Below are some of the most common, with links to detailed articles to help you answer them:
In the last couple months, baby’s appetite has certainly increased! And they know how to tell you when they’re hungry. Of course, you’ve probably gotten in such a routine with feeding that you know when they’re about to do that hungry cry.
How much should a 3-month-old eat?
- Bottle feeding: How much formula for a 3-month-old baby? Typically five ounces about six to eight times a day will suffice.
- Breastfeeding: How often should a 3-month-old nurse? Feedings are typically about every three or four hours at this age but each breastfed baby may be slightly different. What’s important is that baby seems content, your boobs seem to have been emptied (they’re soft) and baby’s gaining weight healthily.
To double-check that baby’s getting enough breast milk, you can also track their diapers. How many wet diapers for a 3-month-old baby? About four or five very wet ones per day indicate that your little one is getting ample milk.
Three-month-old babies may start eating less than they did previously. Breastfed babies do get more efficient, so it’s normal for your baby to feed in about half the time it took them to feed as a newborn. If you see all the signs that baby’s getting enough to eat, it’s perfectly normal. If not, it could be a sign of a problem, so talk to the pediatrician.
What can baby eat this month?
Baby is still only able to eat breast milk and/or formula. Many parents ask: “Can I give my 3-month-old water?” Nope! Most doctors recommend parents wait until baby’s ready for solid foods before they get water. Don’t worry, baby’s getting plenty of hydration from breast milk or formula and needs the nourishment it provides.
How often do you feed a 3-month-old baby?
Three-month-olds will likely still need to be fed every three to four hours during the day. When in doubt, look for hunger cues. Before crying for their food, baby may lick their lips, stick out their tongue, repeatedly open their mouth, suck on things or touch their hands to their mouths. These can all be signals that it’s feeding time.
3-month-old feeding schedule
Image: Megan Rubey
Three months in and you’re ready to get this whole sleep thing settled. Want answers to the most common sleep questions among parents of 3-month-olds? Curious minds want to know:
How long do 3-month-olds sleep and nap?
Three-month-olds typically sleep about 15 hours a day, and more of those hours are falling at night. In fact, it’s common for 3-month-olds to sleep about 10 hours at night, maybe with at least one five- or six-hour stretch. Baby is probably taking three naps totaling five hours of daytime sleep.
How can I get my 3-month-old to sleep?
It’s harder than you might think to get a tired baby to actually go to sleep! You’ve probably heard the usual advice: Keep the room dark and cool, rock and sing to your baby, and put baby to sleep while they’re sleepy but not yet asleep. Still, there are some nights when none of that seems to work. Try some other parents’ tried-and-true tricks for calming a fussy baby; they just might help you get your little one to snooze—finally.
What should my 3-month-old’s bedtime be?
The ideal bedtime for a 3-month-old baby depends on your family’s schedule, but many experts believe 7:30 p. m.—give or take—is ideal at this age. As baby begins to sleep for longer stretches at night, you’ll want to gradually make bedtime earlier, which (surprisingly!) encourages baby to sleep even longer.
Does my 3-month-old baby have sleep regression?
You may notice a bit of 3-month-old sleep regression. Baby might be waking more often at night because of a growth spurt, or it might be a developmental thing. Around 3 or 4 months, babies’ brains are becoming more alert and because of that, they want to be using that brainpower more often. Growth spurts can last a few days but true sleep regression (which typically happens closer to 4 months) can last two to six weeks.
3-month-old sleep schedule
Here’s a peek at a typical 3-month-old sleep schedule:
Image: Megan Rubey
Three-month-old babies are creatures of habit—bedtime, nap and feeding routines keep them happy.
3-month-old schedule example
A 3-month-old’s daily schedule might look something like this:
Image: Megan Rubey
Activities for a 3-Month-Old
Be sure to squeeze in some playtime with your 3-month-old baby each day. So how can you engage and play with a 3-month old? There are tons of ways to entertain your cutie pie at this stage.
- Give baby a mirror and let them admire their reflection.
- Sing, read and talk to your 3-month-old baby; encourage them to make sounds of their own. This sweet back-and-forth is the basis of an early conversation!
- Place a soft and colorful toy on baby’s chest and let them look, touch and play with it. A play gym or mobile can also provide plenty of amusement.
- Continue to put baby on a mat for tummy time. The more baby gets used to being on their tummy, the more they’ll be inclined to start working toward a scoot or crawl.
3-Month-Old Baby Checklist and Tips
- Make sure you have your four-month baby checkup scheduled.
- Look for signs of readiness for eating solid foods. The pediatrician may recommend you start as early as the four-month mark.
- If you’re going back to work after maternity leave, best wishes! You’ve got this!
- How often should I bathe my 3-month-old baby? Don’t worry about giving baby a bath more than once every few days.
- Find some new things to do with your 3-month-old baby.
- Take baby’s 3-month-old baby milestone photo.
A heads up that in the coming weeks, you’ll be entering new and exciting territory. Baby will work on those important 3-month-old baby milestones, and you’ll have even more to look forward to as they approach month four. Baby will master the art of holding their head up and maybe even begin rolling over from their tummy to their back.
Medical content was reviewed by Dina DiMaggio, MD, a board-certified pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC and NYU Langone Health in New York City, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also the coauthor of The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers.
Tips for the First Year
Eat, sleep, pee, poop, repeat. Those are the highlights in a day of the life of a brand new baby.
And if you’re a new parent, it’s the eating part that may be the source of many of your questions and worries. How many ounces should your baby take? Do you wake a sleeping baby to eat? Why do they seem hungry all the time? When can your child start solids?
Questions abound — and, despite Grandma’s insistence, the answers have changed since you were a tot. It’s now recommended that newborns, even formula-fed ones, eat on demand (consider it good preparation for the teenage years) and that babies wait to start solid foods until they’re 4 to 6 months old.
On day one of life, your baby’s stomach is the size of a marble and can only hold 1 to 1.4 teaspoons of liquid at a time. As your baby gets older, their stomach stretches and grows.
It’s hard (or impossible, really) to know how much milk your baby is taking in while breastfeeding. But if you’re bottle feeding due to any number of valid reasons, it’s a bit easier to measure.
Here, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a typical feeding schedule for bottle-fed babies.
|Age||Ounces per feeding||Solid foods|
|Up to 2 weeks of life||. 5 oz. in the first days, then 1–3 oz.||No|
|2 weeks to 2 months||2–4 oz.||No|
|2–4 months||4-6 oz.||No|
|4–6 months||4–8 oz.||Possibly, if your baby can hold their head up and is at least 13 pounds. But you don’t need to introduce solid foods yet.|
|6–12 months||8 oz.||Yes. Start with soft foods, like one-grain cereals and pureed vegetables, meats, and fruits, progressing to mashed and well-chopped finger foods. Give your baby one new food at a time. Continue supplementing with breast or formula feedings.|
Every baby is unique — but one thing that’s pretty consistent is that breastfed babies eat more frequently than bottle-fed ones. That’s because breast milk is easily digested and empties from the stomach a lot quicker than formula.
There’s no rest for the weary. According to La Leche League International, you should begin nursing your baby within 1 hour of birth and provide about 8 to 12 feedings daily in the first few weeks of life (yeah, we’re exhausted for you).
At first, it’s important not to let your baby go more than 4 hours without feeding. You’ll likely need to wake them up if necessary, at least until breastfeeding is well established and they’re gaining weight appropriately.
As your baby grows and your milk supply amps up, your baby will be able to take in more milk in less time at one feeding. That’s when you might start to notice a more predictable pattern.
- 1 to 3 months: Your baby will feed 7 to 9 times per 24 hours.
- 3 months: Feedings take place 6 to 8 times in 24 hours.
- 6 months: Your baby will feed around 6 times a day.
- 12 months: Nursing may drop to about 4 times a day. The introduction of solids at about 6 months helps to fuel your baby’s additional nutritional needs.
Keep in mind that this pattern is just one example. Different babies have different paces and preferences, along with other factors that influence the frequency of feedings.
Like breastfed babies, bottle-fed newborns should eat on demand. On average, that’s about every 2 to 3 hours. A typical feeding schedule may look like this:
- Newborn: every 2 to 3 hours
- At 2 months: every 3 to 4 hours
- At 4 to 6 months: every 4 to 5 hours
- At 6+ months: every 4 to 5 hours
For both breastfed and bottle-fed babies
- Don’t give liquids other than formula or breast milk to babies under a year old. That includes juices and cow’s milk. They don’t provide the right (if any) nutrients and can be upsetting to your baby’s tummy. Water can be introduced around 6 months when you start offering a cup.
- Don’t add baby cereal to a bottle.
- It can create a choking hazard.
- A baby’s digestive system isn’t mature enough to handle cereal until about 4 to 6 months of age.
- You could overfeed your baby.
- Don’t give your baby any form of honey until after their first birthday. Honey can be dangerous for a baby, occasionally causing what’s called infant botulism.
- Do adjust your expectations based on your baby and their unique needs. Premature babies are likely to follow feeding patterns according to their adjusted age. If your baby has challenges like reflux or failure to thrive, you may need to work with your doctor on the appropriate feeding schedule and amount they should be eating.
Schedules are the holy grail of every parent. Your child will naturally start to fall into a feeding pattern as their tummy grows and they can take in more breast milk or formula at one sitting. This may begin to happen between 2 and 4 months of age.
For now, though, focus on learning your baby’s hunger cues, such as:
- rooting around your chest, looking for a nipple.
- putting their fist in their mouth
- smacking or licking their lips
- fussing that can escalate quickly (don’t wait until your baby’s hangry to feed them)
Once your baby is a few months old, you may be able to introduce a sleep/feed schedule that works for you.
Let’s say, for example, your 4-month-old wakes every 5 hours for a feeding. That means if you feed at 9 p.m., your baby wakes around 2 a.m. But if you wake and feed the baby at 11 p.m., just before you go to bed, they may not rouse until 4 a.m., giving you a decent chunk of nighttime winks.
In general, if your baby seems hungry, feed them. Your baby will naturally eat more frequently during growth spurts, which typically occur around 3 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months of age.
Some babies will also “cluster feed,” meaning they’ll feed more frequently during certain periods and less at others. For example, your baby may cluster feed during the late afternoon and evening and then sleep longer at night (yay!). This is more common in breastfed babies than bottle fed babies.
Worried about overfeeding? While this isn’t really possible to do with an exclusively breastfed baby, you can overfeed a baby who’s taking a bottle — especially if they’re sucking on the bottle for comfort. Follow their hunger cues, but talk to your pediatrician if you’re worried your little one may be overeating.
Your baby is probably ready for solids if they’re 4 to 6 months old and:
- have good head control
- seem interested in what you’re eating
- reach for food
- weigh 13 or more pounds
Which food to start with? The AAP now says it doesn’t really matter much in what order you introduce foods. The only real rule: Stick with one food for 3 to 5 days before offering another. If there’s an allergic reaction (rash, diarrhea, vomiting are common first signs), you’ll know which food is causing it.
As your baby grows, move from pureed baby food to ones that have more texture (for example, mashed banana, scrambled egg, or well-cooked, chopped pasta). This generally happens around 8 to 10 months of age.
Your supermarket offers a variety of baby food products, but if you want to make your own, keep it sugar and salt free. Additionally, at this stage, don’t feed your baby anything that could be a choking hazard, including:
- hard foods, such as popcorn or nuts
- hard, fresh fruits, like apples; cook to soften or chop into very small pieces
- any meat that isn’t well cooked and very well chopped (this includes hot dogs)
- cheese cubes
- peanut butter (though talk to your pediatrician about this one — and the benefits of introducing diluted peanut butter before the age of 1)
As your baby nears their first birthday, they should be eating a variety of foods and taking in about 4 ounces of solids at each meal. Continue to offer breast milk or formula. By 8 months, babies are drinking about 30 ounces a day.
Oh yeah, and buy some stock in a company that makes stain-fighting laundry detergent. It’ll pay for college.
Babies aren’t cookie cutter. Some will gain weight easily, while others will have problems. Things that can affect a baby’s weight gain include:
- having a birth defect like a cleft lip or palate, which creates problems feeding
- having a milk protein intolerance
- being premature
- being fed with a bottle versus the breast
A 2012 study of more than 1,800 babies found that the infants who were fed with a bottle — regardless of whether the bottle contained breast milk or formula — gained more weight in the first year than babies who nursed exclusively.
Your baby’s doctor is the best one to advise you on a healthy weight range for your baby.
How, when, and what to feed a baby are top worries of every parent — but there’s good news: Most babies are pretty good judges of when they’re hungry and when they’re full — and they’ll let you know it.
You just need to present them with the right choices at the right time and pay attention to their cues. If you have any questions or concerns, your pediatrician is there to help you along the way.
Daily routine of a child at 3 months: daily routine
By three months, you will already notice how the baby has grown up, adapted to the new world, and his daily routine has become more understandable and predictable. And now an important period is coming in the life of a child, when it is necessary to pay special attention to the organization of the regimen, habits and conditions of sleep, so that in the future sleep does not turn into a problem.
Let's see what to remember when organizing a three-month-old baby's daily routine.
Child's daily routine
At three months of age, your baby needs about 15 hours of sleep per night. Most likely the child will sleep during the day 3-5 times for a total of about 4-5 hours. The duration of one daytime sleep will be 1-1.5 hours.
Night sleep will reach 10 hours with awakenings for feeding. This month, the stretches of uninterrupted night sleep are already quite long. And the mode of sleep and wakefulness by the end of the month becomes more stable and predictable.
When organizing a child's routine, it is also worth paying attention to the optimal time of wakefulness. By three months, the baby can comfortably spend active time for about 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes. Prolonged wakefulness will lead to severe overwork - it will be difficult for the child to fall asleep, and sleep itself will be restless. To prevent this, it is important to watch for signs of fatigue and start putting the baby to bed as soon as they appear.
The day mode is not yet possible to make by the clock. But by 4 months, it is better to gradually shift the time of leaving into the night closer to 20 hours. It is important that the baby wakes up no later than 7-8 hours in the morning. Following these recommendations will thus gradually form the physiological regimen of the child's day in accordance with the biological rhythms of the child's body.
Thus, it is better to form a child's daily regimen based on the time of wakefulness, taking into account the recommended sleep rates for this age.
Newborn sleep habits
At three months, parents may experience that the child:
- Started to sleep short naps and as a result there is no stable sleep schedule
- Responds to any stimuli
- Wakes up very often at night
- Doesn't get off hands when laying down
- Needs a breast or pacifier every time she wakes up
- Sleeps only when moving in a wheelchair
- Refuses to sleep in crib or wakes up when changing sleeping place
Therefore, now is the time to establish good habits for falling asleep:
Enter the ritual before daytime and nighttime sleep, if you have not already done so. A ritual is a day-to-day routine that helps children relax and get ready for sleep: washing/bathing, massage, diaper and pajama/swaddling, feeding, reading a story/singing a lullaby, curtaining the windows, and turning on white noise. For a ritual of three months, 10 minutes during the day and 20-30 minutes in the evening are enough.
Create a comfortable sleeping environment: darken the room with thick curtains, use white noise to muffle extraneous sounds and help your child sleep longer. Make sure the room is no more than 25 degrees in summer and no more than 23 degrees in winter.
Try to sleep at home in your crib. In the stroller in the fresh air, the last day's sleep is possible.
Let your baby try to sleep on his own. If you are feeding, rocking, or holding your baby, try not to do this until you are completely asleep. Then put the half-asleep baby in the crib - he should fall asleep on his own. But do not insist if he cannot fall asleep right away. This way of laying down will help the baby learn to independently cross the last line to sleep, which will become an important basis for future sound sleep.
Check our chart to see if your child is getting enough sleep
Approximate feeding schedule for a three-month-old baby
Babies at 3 months will need about 2-4 feedings per night, depending on whether your baby is breastfed or formula fed.
The baby is older and can take more breast milk or formula at one feeding. This means that he stays full longer and the intervals between feedings will be longer, and the duration of one feeding will become a little shorter.
The feeding schedule for this month is still under construction on demand. Your baby will likely eat every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night.
If a three-month-old baby wakes up very often at night and you think that the introduction of complementary foods will change the situation, then this is not true. At this age, children are not yet ready to move on to adult food - now mother's milk and formula are the most healthy food for a newborn.
Infant development at 3 months
A three-month-old baby already knows a lot:
- smile and laugh
- keep head steady
- imitate certain movements and facial expressions after an adult
- take hands in mouth
- recognize the face of mom and dad
- push off with hands when laying on the tummy
- grab toys and shake them
The development of these skills takes place at its own pace, taking into account the individual characteristics of the individual child.
Walking on the street, tell your child everything that you see around him, because he is already very interested in it. Respond to his emotions with care to build trust.
Play with musical and luminous toys and rattles. Feel free to sing. All this will help the child develop hearing. Talk to him, respond to his requests to make it clear that you are near and hear him.
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3 month old baby mode
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- Sleep mode
- Feeding schedule
- Walk mode
- What can a child do while awake
Three months is a time of noticeable changes. Every day the baby will become more active, acquire new skills. And parents will have to not only be moved and rejoice at the success of the crumbs, but also get used to paying more and more attention to him. To make your day predictable will help the daily routine, which by three months has already basically developed.
Even if you are lucky enough to be the mother of a very calm baby, the time when he only slept, ate and slept again is over. The number and duration of daytime sleep in the mode of a three-month-old child is reduced, periods of wakefulness are growing.
In the daytime, the baby will sleep for an hour and a half on average 4 times. Each child has his own need for rest: someone will not fall asleep more than three times, someone will have time to take a nap on the fifth.
In general, daytime sleep will take 5-7 hours. 9 more-11 will have to sleep at night. The approximate norm of sleep for a three-month-old baby will be 14-17 hours a day.
This is important!
If a baby sleeps less than 11 or more than 19 hours per day, be sure to consult a doctor.
The child gets older, the volume of his stomach increases, which allows him to eat more at a time, and therefore eat less often.
The regimen of a child at 3 months of breastfeeding in terms of feeding still allows for slight indulgences, but in general it should already stabilize and more or less be observed.
A three-month-old baby eats every 3.5 hours: 6-7 times during the day and usually once or twice at night. Few of the children on GW miss the opportunity to arrange a nightly snack.
But formula-fed babies at this age are more likely to sleep through the night without requiring a bottle of formula. If the baby does not wake up until morning, do not worry, it means that he has enough daytime and evening portions for a sound healthy sleep. Daily feedings are still held strictly by the hour. Chaotic snacks on demand with artificial feeding are unacceptable.
For babies who eat breakfast at the first rays of the sun, the diet without night feedings will look like this: 06:00, 09:30, 13:00, 16:30, 20:00, 23:30.
If the baby wakes up later, adjust this schedule to take into account the difference in the time of the first feeding.
Do not forget to discuss with your pediatrician the daily amount of food for your growing baby and the size of a single serving if you are formula feeding your baby.
At three months, the baby shows more and more interest in the world around him, but from the stroller he can still see only a piece of the sky above his head and sometimes his mother's face. And since it’s not interesting to look around, most likely the baby will still sleep in the fresh air.
If he is awake, talk to him and tell him what you see around him. The baby will listen to your voice and may not protest against the stroller while your hands are free from it.
Walking is an obligatory item of the daily routine of a three-month-old child. However, pay attention to the weather and your well-being: fanaticism, both in relation to walks and in other aspects of parenthood, is useless.
In the cold season, if there is no heavy rainfall, high winds and frost, walk twice a day if possible, one and a half to two hours before and after dinner.
In summer, keep an eye on your UV reading. With a UV index of 4-5, raise the hood of the stroller so that the baby is always in its shade. If the UV index is above 6, refrain from long walks yourself. Before the active sun - until about 11.00 hours - and in the afternoon, after 16:00, walk with the baby as long as possible, but do not forget to provide for the opportunity to feed the baby if you go far from home.
How can you keep your child busy while awake
At three months, we move the baby to the floor. This is not a joke or an exaggeration. The child already holds his head well and can turn it from side to side. Some especially frisky babies are able to roll over from their back to their stomach, and almost everyone can turn on their side. And this means that now the baby cannot be left unattended for a second on a large bed or sofa, on a changing table.
But he has nowhere to fall from the floor and the scope for exploring the outside world is open. Buy a special thick rug so that the baby does not hit if he does not keep his head on weight or rolls over awkwardly. Lay the baby on his stomach, place a bright toy in front of him, he will make attempts to reach the desired object and train crawling skills.
At the age of three months, the child also needs to communicate. Talk a lot with him, talk about everything, read poems and sing songs. Encourage his cooing - at this age, kids begin to coo a lot and with interest.
At the age of three months, the child already consciously stretches out his hands to the object that interests him. Hang rattles over it, put the baby in a special developing mat with ringing, rustling, rattling pendants.