You’ve been waiting to meet them for 9 months, and they’re finally here. Hello baby! You probably already can't imagine life without them, but in the next 3 months you’re going to see some big developmental changes, from sight to co-ordination to, wait for it, that first smile. Here’s what to expect and some cool products to help their development.
FOR THEIR SIGHT
When they’re fresh out, a newborn’s sight will be very fuzzy. And this won’t change until they hit one month. At this point, they’ll be focusing better and can see to around 30 cm distance. They’ll also be able to track a moving object by moving their head and eyes, although they may look a bit cross-eyed - focusing is hard work, people! Monochrome toys and books, like this range from Wee Gallery are much easier to pick out over colour at this stage. Once they hit two months, their sight develops even further and they start to see colours more clearly. They’ll be drawn to bright primaries and clear, bold designs and shapes. Encourage their development at this stage by picking out baby play toys, which are bright and bold.
FOR THEIR HEARING
Unlike their eyesight, your baby’s hearing will have developed while they were in the womb, so you can start their hearing and musical journey as soon as they’re out. When they’re new babies, start simply by talking to them - they’ll soon recognise your voice and be turning their heads when they hear you. Then, as they grasp that, you can get more creative. A soft rattle that chimes is a great place to start here, as well as a cot mobile, which plays lullabies. Alternatively, grab a soft baby book and read to them. Hearing your voice and the funny noises you make, is great for their hearing development.
FOR THEIR DEVELOPING MOTOR SKILLS
So, your newborn doesn’t really notice their hands or legs until they are at least a month. At this point you’ll notice that they’re starting to discover them and curiously trying to focus on them. However, it won’t be until the second month that they’ll get any sort of coordination. And even then, it may just be hitting themselves accidentally! At the 3 month stage, things start to get a lot more interesting. They’ll love kicking out when lying down as well as trying to grasp and touch different things and textures. Not only is this great exercise for strengthening their legs, but also a perfect time to introduce that playgym. Soft, with different textures on the bottom and a play arch on the top, these are great for helping their motor and sensory development too.
FOR TUMMY TIME
When they’re newborns they just don’t have enough strength in their necks to fully hold their heads up. But at the two month stage you’ll begin to notice that they’re holding their heads up for a short amount of time. And this is where tummy time starts. Make sure they haven’t just eaten and are happy, and start at five minutes a day. As they get used to it, work up to 15/30 minutes. If they don’t like it, try getting down there with them or distracting them with baby toys like rattles, or brightly coloured balls. Alternatively a tummy time time pillow, which encourages them to keep their heads up while they play, may just keep them amused.
TO ENCOURAGE FIRST SMILES
It’s the moment that all parents wait for (well if you exclude the sleeping through the night). Yep, the first smile. The real one - and not the cute windy ones - tends to happen between six and eight weeks, and it’ll probably happen when you least expect it. Chances are it’ll be when you’re on your own and you probably won’t get another one for days. But there are things to help bring it out. Get creative. Bring out a soft toy or comforter and play peek-a-boo or make funny noises to stimulate them and bring out their fun side. And you can carry this through to getting those giggles at around three months too. By this point they’ll be smiling at anyone who smiles back as well as giggling. Pst: They’re also becoming fascinated by other babies, especially their own reflection, so it’s well worth investing in a baby mirror too. Say cheese!
FOR THE NIGHT FEEDS
The first three months may become a haze of night feeds and coffee as your baby wakes every couple of hours. We get it, it’s perfectly normal and they may not settle into a routine for a while yet. But there are a few ways you can make those night feeds easier. If your baby has reflux or is generally unsettled, then a sleeping aid may help. With some aimed to help with colic and others made for co-sleeping, there’s one for every need. Alternatively, help them settle with a blanket or comforter. Just spray with your perfume or keep it close to you for a couple of hours so baby can smell your scent, even when you’re not in the room. Still need more help? Our 5 fab products to nail night feeds article may have some tip that does the trick.
We hope this article was helpful and we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the best products for your 0-3 month-old at our Shop by Stage: 0-3 months collection. We also know every baby develops at a different pace, so if they’re doing more, have a skim of our Buying Guide for 3-6 months.