First of all, congratulations on your new baby and on hitting the three months milestone! At this point, I know you are looking for baby activities for 3 months old to keep your little angel busy.
A 3 months old baby has made a lot of milestones in his or her growth and development. To get to this stage, I understand that as a mother, you have gone through tiresome days and many sleepless nights. You have probably exhausted the fun activities that keep you and baby busy.
Three months old is a crucial stage in the growth and development of the baby. For this reason, you should monitor, initiate and collaborate in activities that will help in the physical growth and cognitive development of your baby.
If you are looking for fun activities that will help in the growth and development of your baby, this is your post. I have listed 20 baby activities for 3 months old babies that will boost the cognitive and physical development of your baby below. Without further ado, let’s get right into the activities.
Fun Baby Activities For 3 Months Old Babies
Sing nursery rhymes to your baby in different tones. Sing in high, low and soft tones to keep the baby interested. While singing, grab their hands and move them gently in a dancing motion. You can hold the baby in a standing posture and gently hold their hands to dance
Hold your baby in a standing position, on their tippy toes. They will try and get on their feet, creating a jumping motion. This is a great way to exercise their limbs.
Singing is a great way to develop their communication skills. Nursery rhymes are often repetitive, therefore ideal for baby. If you can’t think of any nursery rhymes, Alexa and Youtube could be of great help.
2. Move baby’s legs in a cycling motions
Lay baby on their back and move their legs in a cycling motion. You can have music to make this activity even more exciting. Alternatively, sing to the baby while stretching their legs.
This is a great way to bond with the baby while stretching their limbs. If your baby has been having gas issues, this is a sure way to release the discomfort.
3. Have dance time together with baby
Hold your baby up and dance with them. You can sing or play some music as you dance. Be sure to mix up slow and fast songs to keep baby interested.
This is a great way to create a bond between you two. Dancing along nursery rhymes will sure develop baby’s communication skills.
4. Talk and read to them
I know talking without substantive responses may seem weird. But it is a fantastic way to build your baby’s communication skills. They will only know how to talk if you talk to them. Narrate stories to them, your day’s activities, ask them questions or their opinions. It doesn’t matter at this age, as long as you are communicating with them.
Always read stories to your baby. Buy children books and read out to them every day. It is a great way to build their communication skills.
5. Tummy time
Laying your baby on their tummy and watch them move is a great way to exercise their back and neck muscles. You will also be improving their ability to roll over.
Babies do not love tummy time. For this reason, you have to keep them interested. Position yourself in front of the baby and encourage them to reach out. Alternatively, you can place a toy in front of them and watch them crawl over to get the toy.
It is advisable to have them on their tummy for at least 30 minutes a day. While on their belly, they will try to lift their head, a great way to strengthen their neck muscles.
Interesting Baby Activities For 3 Months Old Babies
6. Play in front of a mirror
This is one of the babies’ favorite activities. They love watching their reflection. You will realize that they initiate different movements, just to watch their reflection do the same. A mirror is a fun way to capture baby’s attention. It is also a great way to let the baby have an independent playtime.
Babies hate tummy time. But a mirror in front of them is a sure way to keep them interested. You will realize that they will sometimes try and reach out for their reflection while on their tummy. Just be sure that the mirror is safe for the baby.
7. Tie balloons on their feet and let them kick
This is a fun way to exercise your baby’s feet and neck. Tie one or two balloons on your baby’s foot and have them lie on their back.
They will love the thrill and will move their head to watch the balloons float in the air. The side-to-side movement is a great way to develop their neck muscles.
8. Spend time looking at colorful picture books
A lot of children’s books will have brightly colored images. Show these images to your baby while making conversations. Baby will sure enjoy looking at these images. The high –contrasting images will sure help develop baby’s eyesight.
If you do not have colorful picture books, you can use colorful cards. Hold them on your lap and point out the images to them.
9. Shake a rattle on the side of the baby and watch if they turn to find the sound
This is a great way to determine the development milestones of your baby. Shake a rattle on their side and observe whether or not they turn to find the sound. At three months, the sound of a rattle should be able to capture their attention. They should be turning to see where the sound comes from.
If you don’t have a rattle toy, walk to your baby’s side and sing or talk. This sound should be able to capture the baby’s attention.
Repeat this activity severally to test the growth milestone and hearing capability of your baby.
10. Play copycat with your baby
Try making faces and see if your baby tries to imitate you. Try sticking your tongue out and watch if the baby will imitate you.
This way, you will know if your baby is capable of doing those actions.
Interesting Baby Activities For 3 Months Old Babies
11. Have a full-blown conversation with baby
I know the baby cannot make actual words at this stage. But you can still communicate with them.
At this stage, the baby is just babbling. Repeat the unrecognizable babbles after them to encourage them to keep talking. This way, they will know they have your attention and will keep uttering the words. It is a stage of communication development.
Communicating to them gives them the idea of language from an early stage. Be sure to put some exaggerated facial expressions to keep the baby interested.
12. Take walks with baby
Take your baby to the park on a stroller. Be sure to make stopovers and make some little conversation on what you can see. Point out to the trees, cars, animals, buildings.
A little sunshine will go a long way in improving their growth and development. This is one of my favourite baby activities for 3 months old babies.
13. Blow Bubbles
A three-month-old baby would enjoy this fun activity. Blow bubble in front of them and watch them giggle. You can blow the bubbles close to their skin for a tickly effect.
This activity will be not only interesting for the baby to watch, but also important in strengthening their muscles. They will keep turning to watch the bubbles float on the air, a great way to exercise different body muscles.
14. Touch baby’s feet and hands with different textures
This activity is ideal for testing your baby sense of touch. Be prepared for some fun moments because some materials will give a ticklish sensation to your baby. Collect a few materials with different texture and rub them against your baby’s feet, hands or belly.
Some of the materials you can use for this activity are feathers, cotton, fluffy carpet, and a cold piece of metal. You can use soft, rough, silky and bumpy textures to test the sensory development of your baby.
Just be sure to select safe materials. You do not want to hurt your baby with unsafe materials.
15. Play criss-cross to stretch baby’s limbs
This is a fun activity you can play with the baby immediately after the shower. First, take their right hand and try to stretch it to touch their left foot. Then take their left hand and stretch it to try and reach their right foot.
This would exercise not only their limbs, but also their back and stomach muscles.
Stimulating Baby Activities For 3 Months Old Babies
16. Perform baby pull-ups
Baby pull-ups is a great way to strengthen baby’s neck muscles. This activity will also help them learn to sit. Lay your baby on the back, and gently try to bring them to a sitting position. Gently hold their wrists and pull them to the sitting position. Repeat this activity a few times per day.
Every baby grows at a different rate. There is entirely no need for alarm if your baby does not manage the pull-ups. Wait for a few weeks until they have built more neck strength and try again.
17. Baby leg presses
This is another activity that will help the baby develop their leg strength. Take a slightly heavy object, like a book, and place it on your baby’s legs, around the knee area. Pushing of the object using their feet goes a long way in building their leg strength and knee coordination. Try this a few times a day.
18. Perform the disappearing act
Show your baby a toy or an object they love and hide it, say behind you. Ask the baby ‘where did it go?’ Then reveal the toy after a few seconds. This is a fun activity that may have baby giggling.
Alternatively, you can hide behind a seat or a pillar. Appear and make some silly faces and voices and disappear behind your hiding. This is a fun way to bond with the baby and have a laugh time.
19. Have playtime under a dream catcher
A dream catcher is an ideal way to let the baby have an independent play. Lay them on a play mat, with a dream catcher handing over them.
The movement of the objects on the dream catcher is a sure way to have a baby move their neck muscles while staying engaged.
20. Show baby a toy and move it up and down and sideways
This is an ideal activity to exercise the neck muscles and have a baby move their head. Put a toy in front of them, close to their face.
Slowly move the toy to the side, and watch their head movement follow the toy. Move the top upwards and downwards a few times and let the baby track the actions.
What Are Your Favorite Baby Activities For 3 Months Old Babies?
Focusing on cognitive development and physical growth is the best thing you will ever give your baby. The activities above are a sure way to not only develop your baby’s cognitive and physical strength but also create a stronger bond between you two.
Your baby may hate some of the activities, so be keen to watch their reaction. If the baby does not show the response you expect, no need to cause alarm. Babies develop at different rates. Just be sure to repeat the activity after a few weeks and watch their reaction.
What are your favorite baby activities for 3 months old babies? I would love to hear all about it in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share these activities with other mums and mums to be!
Have fun bonding and helping baby making their most crucial milestones in growth and development!