As a new mom, it’s exciting to see your little one grow and develop, especially during the first year of life. If your baby is 12 weeks old, you’ve likely noticed many changes in their physical development. In this article, we’ll discuss the milestones you can expect at this stage, as well as tips for supporting their growth and development.
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At 12 weeks old, your baby may be able to hold their head up for short periods of time while lying on their stomach. This is a sign that their neck muscles are becoming stronger. You can help support their development by giving them tummy time each day. This will encourage them to use their muscles and practice holding their head up on their own.
At this stage, your little one may be starting to move around more. They might kick their legs, wave their arms, and turn their head from side to side. Some babies may even begin rolling over from their back to their stomach. Encourage their movement by giving them plenty of opportunities for playtime on the floor. This will help them develop their gross motor skills and coordination.
Whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, they’re likely eating every 2-3 hours at this stage. They may be drinking anywhere from 2-5 ounces of milk per feeding. Some babies may begin showing signs of readiness for solid foods, such as reaching for food or showing interest in what you’re eating. Talk to your pediatrician before introducing anything other than breast milk or formula.
By 12 weeks old, your baby may be sleeping for longer stretches at night, which means you may be able to get a little more rest as well. They may be able to sleep for up to 6 hours at a time, although some babies may still wake up more frequently. Make sure your little one is sleeping in a safe environment, such as on their back in a crib with a firm mattress and no loose bedding or toys.
At 12 weeks old, your baby may begin to show more interest in the world around them. They may smile more often, coo and babble, and even respond to your voice or touch. Encourage their socialization by talking to them, singing to them, and holding them often. This will help them develop a strong bond with you and other caregivers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help my baby develop physically?
You can help your baby develop physically by providing plenty of opportunities for tummy time and floor play. This will encourage them to use their muscles and develop their coordination.
When can my baby start eating solid foods?
Talk to your pediatrician before introducing anything other than breast milk or formula. Some babies may show signs of readiness for solid foods around 4-6 months old.
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