6 Ways: How To Entertain A 3-Month Old Baby
Babies grow fast, and soon you will find ways on how to entertain a 3-month old baby. After he or she learns to recognize your face and voice, they will now be more curious and alert. You have to spend more time playing and entertaining them as they would start to explore.
At three months old, babies can easily recognize faces and objects around them. They also start to become physically stronger and coordinate their movements. Aside from entertainment, you are also to encourage his or her early learning skills.
Let’s Learn How To Entertain A 3-Month Old Baby
1. Baby Gym And Similar Toys
During this stage, they are starting to have control over their arms and legs. They also have better hand-eye coordination at this point. Thus watching mobiles, interactive toys and playing the baby gym helps them boost their coordination skills.
Fortunately, there are now plenty of interactive baby toys that encourage kids to grab and reach. Most of these mobiles and baby gyms have built-in sounds and colorful lights. Watch them giggle with delight as they enjoy playing with their awesome toys.
Have you realized how babies love their hands and feet at this age? You can see them playing with it or even just staring at it. Thus hands and foot rattles are advisable for them. They will be amazed to all the sounds their rattles can make.
These motor games and activities will surely keep your baby entertained throughout the day.
- Tummy-time wherein you will place your baby on his or her tummy to play for a couple of minutes at a time. Use brightly colored toys that will encourage her to reach for them. Tummy time is also essential for your baby’s gross motor development, so you have to do it a few times a day.
- If you don’t have a baby gym, you can just hold the baby’s hands and clap together while singing songs or playing music.
- Provide toys that your child can grip but make sure that these toys are larger than a toilet paper roll to prevent kids from choking.
2. Reading books and talking to them
Your baby might not be able to understand your every word, however, talking to them is important as it encourages them to respond and make his or her noise. Reading colorful picture books is ideal too. Not only she will enjoy your voice but the bright and bold colors as well.
Likewise, reading them stories will help them learn critical skills. Point out animals, colors, people and shapes in your book to familiarize them with the objects and things around them.
On their third month, crying is no longer the babies’ principal means of communication. According to WebMD, this stage is referred to as “hatching” when children at this age begin to react and response to their surrounding and acts more of a normal human being.
They tend to practice “social smiles” which babies do when they interact with other people or when they feel pleasure. Other communication games include;
- Singing nursery rhymes or talk to him in a sing-song tone to get your baby’s attention when you speak.
- Always describe your actions like when you feed him, dress or bathe him. According to aussiechildcarenetwork.com, communication plays a major role in an infant’s routine. You should talk with your child most of the time so that they will be familiar with the language.
- Aside from interesting books, you can also show your baby other pictures like family pictures, postcards or printable flashcards. They are fascinated with faces and images as their vision improves.
3. Sing with Motion
No need to be a diva as you can come up with your silly songs. Sing rhymes, familiar tunes, hymns or your favorite song. Babies love to hear voices and sound regardless if it’s terrible.
If you are not that confident to sing, play music with your phone or music player. Hearing lyrics can teach her communication skills because songs can encourage them to interact with people.
According to dailyrecord.co.uk singing to your baby is an effective means of communication which will help him develop his vocabulary. Music can also make her wave her arms, wiggle and kick her legs.
4. Sensory games
At the third month, your baby will start to show more emotions. You can notice your baby laughing out loud or smile when they see things or hear voices. You might even catch your child trying to talk in coos or reply to you when you ask him.
Your baby will start using his or her senses more often by this time. Strategic toys placement will encourage them to practice head turning which can prevent Flat Head Syndrome.
Before your baby learns how to roll back to belly, he will first work on neck flexion. It is a child’s milestone at this age range where they learn to tuck their chin toward their chest. You can help your baby to learn this skill by placing stimulating toys.
Other activities to enhance their senses are the following:
- Hang colorful toys or stuff animals above the baby’s crib or play pen to stimulate their vision.
- Playing with the baby while touching them or tickling them boosts their sense of feeling.
- Singing songs and lullabies and talking with them will enhance their listening skills. See how they react to your voice. Choose action songs for babies to create fun moments. Sing in high, low and soft voices.
- The baby’s sense of touch is one of the easiest to develop. Spend more cuddle time with your baby and promote skin to skin contact by rocking your baby or giving him a gentle massage. Doing these will also benefit you and your child in so many ways.
5. Finger Play
From the title itself, all you need in this activity is your imagination on how you can do the “finger dance.” Babies can’t see far at this age so aside from looking at faces, they would be amazed looking at dancing fingers.
You can play it with music or nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, Itsy Bitsy Spider or Finger Family Song. Just move your fingers to the rhythm. Walk your fingers back and forth and up and down, scuttle and skip toward her. You can also add finger puppets to come up with a simple puppet show.
Finger play is important in developing your baby’s tactile sensory system and using your fingers to entertain him contributes to the development of their hand skills later on.
6. More Texture Materials
As your child learns about his body and it will allow him to become familiar and learn to differentiate things by feeling them.
- Nowadays, manufacturers of baby toys come up with different textures like blankets, rings, rattle, balls and links. Choose the objects with age-appropriate textures and allow your child to hold and feel it.
- Instead of the usual comforter or baby mats, use blankets with varying textures before you lay her on the floor to play.
- Touchy-feely games using her hands and feet are also ideal, so that the baby will enhance her tactile experience.
- Create a “treasure basket” which should be made up of different things around the house such as a ball of yarn, plastic petals or ceramic mini figurines. Make sure that you incorporate things with different textures.
A Simple Technique
Apparently, there are plenty of ways to keep your 3-month old baby entertain. You can use the tips and recommendations above while the baby is at this age. However, this is also the perfect time to allow him to move around.
Reduce your baby’s time sitting in the rocker, baby swing or seat boosters. Get your child down on the floor on his back or their tummy. Doing so will allow them to work on their important muscles which are essential when they start rolling, crawling, sitting and standing.
It will also be an excellent opportunity for your baby to move in different positions which will aid in the development of their vestibular system. Likewise, this will reinforce free play. We don’t need to be up in our baby’s face all the time.
They can discover the world on their own but make sure that everything they see, touch or hear will excite and stimulate them. Allow babies to have “alone time.”
Keeping Your Baby Occupied and Happy
Now that you learn the ways on how to entertain a 3-month old baby, the key to making it successful is plenty of repetitions and commitment. Utilize the activities above and the resources that you have to reinforce not just entertainment but learning goals for your baby as well.
We hope you enjoyed our list because we do! We hope that these ideas will keep you and baby actively engaged and that there will be no more dull moments at home! Share us your thoughts and let’s spread the good vibes.