At this age, many babies protest loudly when they feel frustrated about not getting what they want and not being understood. Your baby will already show her frustration with tantrums – it is certainly not easy to be so little!

Your baby’s physical development:

Some babies get their first tooth at around 6 months.

Every day baby learns to develop her body movements and to coordinate them. If she is lying on her back, she will be able to roll over onto her front. A step closer to physical independence! Supported by her arms and hands, she can lift her head and chest when lying on her front. Baby can put almost all of her weight on her legs when held upright and hold her back straight. Some may even be able to stand while holding on to someone or something. She also holds her back straight when held sitting. Some babies may already be able to sit without support, however, if not, she can hold her head level with her body when pulled into a sitting position. She may even be able to creep or crawl at this age or pull herself up from sitting to a standing position. When lying on her back she can lift her legs and grasp one or both feet with her hands. She loves kicking her feet and can communicate with her arms when baby wants to be lifted up by stretching them out or similar. She is eager to reach for close objects and will find a way to move towards it. She will also look for dropped toys. Baby can reach and grab when a toy is offered to her and use her whole hand to pass an object from one hand to the other. She can also use her index finger purposely to examine objects and materials. Baby will take most of the objects she can get hold of into her mouth to “get a feel” for its shape, form and material. Visually, she is extremely alert and will follow an object or a person’s activity closely. When baby hears a sound she turns towards the source.

Your baby’s emotional development:

For some time now baby has learned to grasp very small objects with her fingers. This helps her now to feed herself so try giving her a piece of bread or similar. She will love taking control of her meal time!

Baby can offer a toy to someone else and she also understands the difference between familiar faces and strangers. This increased awareness may cause her to be extremely cautious with people she does not know as well. Baby’s emotional development will make her feel vulnerable when mother leaves the room and she can show distress. Baby is eager to imitate expressions which are a means of communicating as well as helping her understand complex communication strategies. She is more aware of other people’s feelings, too, which can result in her crying when a sibling is upset or laughing when others do. Again, this way of communicating feelings shows that baby can recognise an emotion which does not mean that she actually feels the same emotion.

There are a lot of games and activities that she will enjoy now. Take a look at our activity list for some inspiration here.

By now, baby may already be sleeping through the night. Lucky you! Nevertheless, the majority of parents still get up at night – at least once or twice. Baby wakes up every hour or so and has to learn to fall asleep again. Parents may not hear baby waking up every time but if they do, they should help baby become calmer again. Don’t ignore baby’s crying as this can convey the wrong message about our world: baby will learn that he is alone. During the day you could try a different, yet effective way of calming baby by talking or singing quietly after he wakes up and is unsettled. If it works and he is happy to play a little or to look around, you can try this method at night. After some time, your voice may be all baby needs to settle back to sleep again.

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Your baby’s physical development:

If your baby is used to playing on his tummy, he will already be able to lift his head up 90 degrees. He can laugh out loud and show real pleasure by kicking his arms and legs in excitement. He can follow an object with his eyes and even pay attention to very small objects such as a raisin (Please keep small objects out of reach of baby). While on his tummy, he can lift his chest supported by his forearms so he can have a good look around. His muscles are probably strong enough to hold his head steady when he is held upright. He can grasp items (i.e. a rattle) and reach for objects.

He may already be able to roll over one way. What a great achievement to be able to see the world from a completely new angle! He shows an active interest in human voices by turning his head when being spoken to or even when mummy calls him by his name.

Your baby’s emotional development:

Imitating facial expressions and movements is still important for baby, just as smiling and showing a response with his whole body as this is his way to communicate. At around 4 months, baby is becoming more interested in children’s voices and will watch them play, either in the room or on TV. He laughs when being tickled and played with, and shows real excitement when being interacted into play and conversation. Playing is increasingly becoming an active part of his day so try to encourage and stimulate his newly found passion as much as possible.

There are a lot of games and activities that he will enjoy now. Take a look at our activity list for some inspiration here.

You must feel exhausted after three months of sleepless nights! Your baby is still getting used to this world, so be patient and rest as much as you can during the day. Take naps whenever your baby allows it.
Your little one is getting more agile and can already turn around and cause some mischief. Don’t leave her alone on the changing table now – many new parents find themselves in A&E after their baby has fallen off the bed or the table. Remember that it can happen very quickly!
At around 3 months, baby can already lift her head and chest, supported by her forearms, for some time, shake a rattle and take things in her mouth. She may study toys in her hands and the little baby in the mirror. Baby is certainly too young to recognise her own image – self recognition starts at around 18 months. By now, parents may be able to hear baby laugh out loud while expressing real pleasure. When baby is pulled into the sitting position, she has only little head lag and can hold her back straight when held. Baby can kick a lot with her legs and wave her arms.
She can also move her head to follow an object with her eyes and watch her hands and fingers. They are certainly fascinating! Baby still prefers moving objects to still ones and will always turn her head towards the sound of a human voice. Some babies respond already to their name being called and can recognise their parent’s face in a photograph.
Baby shows emotions such as distress when she hears a loud unexpected noise, and enjoyment at positive experiences such as bathtime. She can smile at familiar people as well as strangers.
There are a lot of games and activities that she will enjoy now. Take a look at our baby activity list for some inspiration here: http://www.babysbest.co.uk/Articles/Active-Bonding-Time/Parent–baby-activity-0-to-3-months/60/
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