June 27, 2019 • Joyner Musombi
Motherhood is full of so many exhilarating moments, but like so many things in life it can be very challenging. You have to keep track of your little one’s milestones and once the magic 3 month period arrives there is a whole new range of developmental changes.Your 3 month old baby can now see clearly, and track the movements of objects. Your baby can now tell different sounds apart, and has started to babble and chuckle back at you. Your baby also has the muscle strength to move their tiny baby body very much. Here are a few tips to arm yourself with in this new phase of your journey
Three months marks an exciting time for your baby as they find their hands, they are chewing, drooling, and sucking. This means one of the most important things you can do is provide lots of stimulation. Speak, read, and sing to your baby often. Smile at your little one, make eye contact, allow them to examine your face, and try to have a conversation. They may even attempt to mimic the sounds you make. Be sure your baby has plenty of toys, shakers, and bright blocks to keep their senses stimulated.
At three months old, close to half of mothers will still be breastfeeding however, you may encounter more challenges in your breastfeeding journey, including going back to work, and milk supply dropping. If your breastfeeding journey must come to an end as a result of medical conditions, or personal reasons, rest assured that formula feeding is a perfectly healthy and valid option for your baby as well.
Around three months your baby will begin sleeping up to seven hours in a row at night, allowing you to get some much-needed rest. Put your baby down to sleep at the same time every evening to create a routine. Use baby oils to massage the baby after bathing to relax them and send them off to sleep. Always put your baby to sleep on their back, never on their stomach.
By three months, your little one will have preferences, and even strong responses, to touches and textures they find soothing or uncomfortable. A baby’s skin is very sensitive and he/she may probably develop rashes and allergies if proper skin care is not practiced. Wash your baby’s skin with lukewarm water and gentle soap. Stick to using organic products as often as possible to protect your baby’s skin from harmful infections or allergic reactions. Use lotions specific to your baby’s skin if they have skin conditions like eczema.
What about you?
Don’t overlook your own health and self-care needs at this point. As a breastfeeding mother it is important to have a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables, take long walks for exercise, and stay hydrated to increase milk production.
Returning to work after maternity leave
Most mothers have conflicting emotions about returning to work after having a baby, and leaving their child in the care of someone else. Create a new routine such as packing baby bags with the essentials e,g the baby bottle, leave a set of directions e.g feeding time, and breast pump milk for later. Whatever morning routine you come up with, try it out before you start work. This enables you to ease into your childcare arrangement, practice the routine to see what works and tweak it as you go along. Take warm fragrant baths in the evening to revitalize and to keep centred.
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Authored by Shaki Toni.
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