The first few months of your baby’s arrival can be a whirlwind of changing nappies, constant feeding, endless cooing and sleepless nights and before you know it your newborn is not a newborn anymore and her personality is starting to shine through.
At approximately three months old your baby will start to ‘get busy’. This is an important stage in your little one’s development and one that parents should encourage.
Below are several tips on how to develop and build upon what really are your baby’s first milestones.
Grabbing – From about 3 – 6 months, babies get a natural urge to pick everything in their path up, most of which ends up in her mouth for further investigation! Once she has discovered the ‘cause and effect’ approach of touching an object and making it move, encourage your baby to develop hand/eye coordination skills by placing objects in front of her and getting her to reach out and pick them up.
Gradually position the objects further away so that your baby has to reach out further to pick them up. Remember that your baby’s ability to pick things up will come on in leaps and bounds and it is therefore important that you move any potentially dangerous items out of arms reach.
Copying – It is during the 3 – 6 month period that babies start to enjoy copying. They will look at your face intently and copy your facial expressions.
Encourage one of baby’s first milestones by talking, singing, laughing and making faces, as this will embolden your baby into making similar noises and expressions.
Sitting up and crawling – It is around this time that many babies want to explore further than their immediate vicinity. Your baby may start to roll over between 3 and 6 months.
Encourage her to roll over, stand up, position herself on all fours and even crawl, by reassuring her with encouragement, physical assistance and making sure she has something soft to land on! Although be warned, once she is off, there’ll be no stopping her!