During the first three months of life, baby is learning many new skills. Although all babies develop at different speeds, there are some key milestones your baby should accomplish during these early months. Explore the tabs below to find developmental milestones and learn fun games to play with baby. Also watch videos and download print materials to track baby’s developmental progress.
Motor Games and Activities
- Place baby on their tummy to play for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day
- Lie down and place baby tummy down on your chest so you’re face-to-face
- Hold baby’s hands and clap them together while you play music and sing
- Nestle baby close to you while you gently rock and sway
- Change the direction that baby sleeps to encourage head turning and build strength
Sensory Games and Activities
- Hang a colorful mobile above baby’s crib to provide visual stimulation
- Gently touch and tickle baby to make them giggle
- Play with baby in a variety of positions
- Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver
- Smile at baby, touch her hands, feet and forehead. She how she wiggles, reacts to touch and voices
- Play or sing songs with baby to help enhance baby’s listening skills
- When changing baby’s diaper touch different body parts and say “beep” baby may begin watching your hand and anticipating touch.
- Hang a mirror on the wall. Tap the mirror and say baby’s name. Over time baby will begin to understand who the baby in the mirror is.
- Show baby family photos or flip through a magazine. Point out the smiling faces to baby
Communication Games and Activities
- Speak in a high-pitched, sing-song voice to help get and keep baby’s attention while you talk
- Describe your actions as you dress, feed, and bathe your child. Talk about where you’re going and what you’re doing.
- Give baby frequent face-to-face time
- Shake a rattle up and down while singing to baby
- Show pictures of family and friends and point out smiling faces
- Hold up a doll or stuffed animal and point out the different body parts
Feeding Games and Activities
- Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer