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What communication milestones should you expect in your 3-month-old?

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At three months, your baby is becoming more of a unique human being. This is the stage that child psychiatrist Margaret Mahler referred to as ''hatching,'' when babies come out of their ''shells'' and begin to react and relate to the world around them. Part of this hatching process involves interacting with people and smiling for pleasure, otherwise known as social smiles. Instead of crying, your baby is starting to communicate in other ways, such as cooing and making vowel sounds. Engage your little one in conversation by responding to these sounds and narrating what you are doing when you are together. Say, ''I’m going to change your diaper now,'' or, ''It’s time for lunch!'' Your baby will listen raptly to the sound of your voice and watch facial expressions as you talk. Eventually, he or she will start forming his or her own sounds and making gestures.

From: Baby Development: Your 3-month-old WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Moro reflex - Overview.''

Bond, AH. McFarland & Company, 2008. Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst,

Feigelman S. ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. , 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatricsth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Important Milestones: By the End of Three Months.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler, J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Moro reflex - Overview.''

Bond, AH. McFarland & Company, 2008. Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst,

Feigelman S. ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. , 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatricsth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Important Milestones: By the End of Three Months.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler, J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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