Baby Physical Development in 3-Month-Olds: Shake, Rattle & Rolling Over!
You've probably already come up with a dozen food-related nicknames for your baby ... and they're probably all nicknames you swore you'd never use when you had a kid of your own. But how can you resist equating that edible little face with delicious treats? Well you might want to add "jelly roll" to that repertoire of adorable names, 'cause if she hasn't already, baby's about to start bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase.
What You're Thinking: "Hello my little sweetie, pumpkin, sugar plum, tater tot, chicken enchilada ...!"
- Anxious to jumpstart baby's physical development with some acrobatics? Try a rolling-over game with your baby. Put her on the floor on a blanket, then gently pull up the blanket to help your baby roll over, using your hand on her tummy to support her as she makes the turn. (But don't say we didn't warn you: Once they start moving around, they don't stop!)
- Your baby is also learning to make lots of happy sounds and will squeal and laugh for people other than her parents (to the sheer delight of her grandparents!). But try not to get jealous: Mom and Dad are still her favorites.
- Your baby is no longer considered a "newborn" and has graduated to official "infant" status. Next thing you know, she'll be walking and going to school and dating and ... Hey! Slow down, already!
- When placed on her tummy, your baby may be rolling over onto her back. If the front-to-back roll hasn't already happened (and remember, it's OK not to freak out if it hasn't!), here's one warning: When you see it for the first time, you'll squeal with pride as if you just saw your infant do a round-off, followed by a double-back-handspring and ending with a perfectly executed front-pike somersault (which is probably what it felt like to her!).
- By now, your baby understands that smiling makes you happy and gets her a great response. So she'll do her best to keep getting that response. (And you'll do your best to avoid being so swayed by that smile that you'll give her anything ... until she's 30.)
- You graduated from counting your baby's age in weeks to calculating it in actual whole months. They grow up so fast, don't they! Sniff.
- If you're a WOHM, you're probably returning to work any day now. Double sniff!
- You ate a real lunch today, not one where you're eating and holding your baby while breadcrumbs fall on her head.
- You managed to finesse your way out of conversation with your neighbor when she asked, "So when are you planning on having your next baby?" Let me recover from having this one, lady! Geez!
- You know four baby books by heart.
- You're such an expert in lotions and potions for your baby's dry skin and eczema that you've started giving dermatological advice to all your friends.
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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.