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How do I know my baby is growing well – at 3 to 6 months?

Happy laughing baby on tummy playing with colourful ballBaby’s been at home now for a few months.  You’ve noticed that he is doing something new every day.  When you make a funny face, he either smiles or cries, grabs at your face or other objects to play.  He is even trying to turn from his tummy onto his back — always make sure to have him in a safe place!

Babies during these months are more vocal and they are more aware of how their body parts move.  You may be wondering, should he be doing more and what can I do to support his development?  Remember, every child develops at his own pace but there are signs you can watch for that show he’s growing well.

If you have any questions about your child’s development, please share them with your child’s health care provider!

Your baby from 3 to 6 months will:

  • Laugh and smile at you in response to your laugh and smile
  • Respond to you by making sounds and moving arms and legs
  • Show comfort and discomfort
  • Listen and look at your face when you speak
  • Lift his head and chest and support himself on his forearms when placed on his tummy
  • Reach for an object when supported in a sitting position
  • Sit with support (e.g. pillows)
  • Pat and pull at your hair, glasses, and face

You may not even know it, but the everyday interactions  you do with your baby supports his development!  Here are just a few examples:

  • Talk face-to-face with your baby
  • Sing and read to your baby
  • Wait for your baby to respond to your voice and react to him by smiling, laughing and praising
  • Place your baby in different positions to help him develop new skills like rolling, creeping and crawling

Want to know what to expect when your baby is 6 to 9 months?  Stay tuned for our next post in this series about your baby’s growth.

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