Nora has started “talking” more, and loves to try to talk to herself in the mirror. She is now completely out of newborn clothes (sad day I know) and almost grown out of her 3 month old sleepers. She loves being in the water for her bath, and we have started to HAVE to give her a bath every day so that she can play in the water. Nora loves to watch World World and Sesame Street.
Into complex designs
At this point, your baby will begin to move beyond his early preferences for bright or two-toned objects toward more detailed and complicated designs, colors, and shapes. Show your baby — and let her touch — a wider variety of objects. Good choices include plastic cookie cutters, soft balls, and stuffed animals.
Hear ye, hear ye
Your baby can differentiate familiar voices from other sounds and is becoming a better listener. She also can show you that she’s in tune with his environment. Notice how she looks to see where certain noises are coming from.
An ongoing conversation (although still one-sided!) can help your baby develop his sense of place. She may even watch your mouth as you talk, fascinated by how it all works.
Coos are your baby’s way of expressing delight, as well as exercising his vocal cords. You can carry on a “conversation” with your baby now. When he gurgles or coos, say something brief or coo back at him. Then wait for her to “say” something back to you. This kind of conversational turn-taking may not sound like much to you now, but it’s actually the beginning of learning how to talk.
Note: If you have any doubt about your baby’s hearing, don’t hesitate to mention your concerns to your healthcare provider. Even though your baby’s hearing may have already been tested, new problems can arise.
A helping hand
The chaotic first months are over and your baby’s schedule is probably becoming more predictable. If you and your partner are raising your baby, it’s important for both of you to get a chance to care for and bond with your baby. Make sure whichever one of you is not the primary caretaker gets regular time alone with your little one, for bathing her, changing her, and just getting tuned into his needs.
If you’re a single parent, try to find another adult, such as a grandparent or an aunt, to spend time with your baby. This will give your child an opportunity to bond with other loving adults, and give you a welcome break from the hard work of being a parent to a young child.