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Those innate reflexes -- such as the startle reflex that your baby displayed during the first couple of months -- should be fading or gone by now. You’ve probably also noticed that your baby’s neck strength is improving. When you hold your baby upright, you should see very little or even no head wobbling. Three-month-old babies also should have enough upper-body strength to support their head and chest with their arms while lying on their stomach and enough lower body strength to stretch out their legs and kick. As you watch your baby, you should see some early signs of hand-eye coordination. Your baby’s hands can open and shut, come together, swipe at colorful dangling toys, briefly grab a toy or rattle, and go straight into the mouth.

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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