Baby Physical Development in 3-Month-Olds: Kicking
Your little genius is beginning to process information. For example, he may stop crying when placed in the breastfeeding position because he knows he's going to be fed. You, on the other hand, can't quite process why you put the milk carton away ... in the cupboard. Or come to think of it, where your right shoe is. Well, at least someone is getting smarter.
What You're Thinking: "Um ... what was I thinking?"
- Research shows that kids who are spoken to often as infants develop higher IQs and bigger vocabs than their peers. See, you knew that big old mouth of yours would come in handy one day!
- Your baby's legs are getting stronger and stronger and he's kicking them all over the place, which means diaper changes may have gone from docile to "please don't kick poop on Mommy!"
- Put socks with bells on your baby and watch her delight at her ability to make new sounds with her feet while you delight in the fact that she'd make an adorable little elf.
- Consider getting baby a developmental toy like those baby gyms with lots of fun danglies in different shapes, colors and textures for him to bat and kick around. At this age, it's better than a trip to the circus!
- You made it through the "fourth trimester"!
- You've discovered your knack for making up words to nursery rhymes you don't know.
- You managed to get to the pediatrician's office while your baby was actually awake (nice timing!).
- If you're a stay-at-home mom, you've settled into your new gig and gotten used to your new "boss" (who is, by the way, way cuter than your old one ... even if he drools a little more!).
- If you're a working mom, you survived your first day back behind a desk. And happily, you fit behind your desk much better than you did a few months ago!
- If you're among the ranks of work-at-home moms, you've started to navigate how to earn a living and take care of baby while at home. Turns out it includes a lot of conference calls with a background of baby cries, spit-up on the keyboard, and accidentally typing the word "twinkle" as you try to sing to the baby and write an email.
- And if you're a dad: You've just substituted the word "dad" for the word "mom" in the three bullets above. (Well, except for that part about finally fitting behind your desk again!)
Tell us if we're wrong, but we're betting you've already taken dozens of memory cards worth of pictures of your gorgeous kid ... and you don't have a clue what you're going to do with all of them. Time to start thinking about organizing your pictures and creating lasting memories. Because, trust us, you'll run out of storage space on your computer far before you get sick of taking pictures of that beautiful baby! Read more ...
Everything you ever wanted to know ... and were just about to ask ...
Capture your wiggly baby's attention with this diaper-changing magic show. So what if you're no David Blaine—your sheer enthusiasm will capture baby's attention long enough for you to slip on a clean diaper.
Buy It: Trumpette's Jenny's & Johnny's Socks
Just when you thought Junior's feet couldn't get any cuter!
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.