HUG Newsletter: “Hatching” Baby

Ming has so enjoyed the last few weeks at home with baby Bik. It had taken several weeks to establish breastfeeding, to figure out Bik’s schedule, and to get accustomed to the demands of being a new mom! She is proud of what she has accomplished and “over-the-top” happy with how Bik is doing. Ming worries less and laughs more. Life is more predictable now. 

The Science: What a three-month-old is learning

While the two-month-old may have been considered the “Settled-In” baby, the three-month-old might be seen as the “Hatching Baby” — a baby looking out into the world.  She is a keen observer and a great explorer of the world around her.

Ming has begun to notice some changes in her baby’s motor development. Bik was getting ready to roll over. Ming notices that the baby could twist her back from side to side, a movement necessary to roll over. The baby would lift her head up to glance at Ming and balance on an outstretched arm. Then suddenly, one day, Bik flips from tummy to back! She seems surprised and quite delighted with this victory and is keen to keep practicing this feat every day.

WATCH THIS VIDEO to see the remarkable growth in a three-month-old’s cognitive, motor, and speech development.

“Ah-ha” moment: How this information helped this mother

Ming notices this gross motor (big muscle) development, along with emerging fine motor (small muscle) development, when Bik starts to open and relax her hand. Now Ming watches for that fleeting holding of a toy, the beginning of a true grasp. Learning about her baby’s normal growth and development makes parenting a young baby fun every day.

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