Your baby's permanent eye color begins to form this month. His eyesight is also greatly improved. He has received lots of attention by the third month, and that's good. Do you have older children in the home? How are they doing?
Behavior & Development
Your baby is beginning to learn and may be bored when left alone. Bright colors and light reflecting objects give her something to watch. Mobiles will bring your baby hours of enjoyment.
The first month of your baby's life is full of many changes. But the baby isn't the only one to experience change. Here is a word to you parents, whose lives will take on new meanings very quickly.
Deciding how to feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make during your pregnancy. The first year of your baby's life is a time of rapid growth. Most babies triple their birth weight during the first year!
Where a child receives care is less important than the quality of care she receives. Lots of research has examined the necessary conditions in children's care arrangements, whether by parents or child-care providers, that help children grow up healthy and happy.
New research in brain development shows that we learn certain skills most easily during particular "windows of opportunity." These are times -- a few weeks or months -- when a part of the brain absorbs new information more easily than at any other time in life.
Many of our old ideas about the brain are being challenged. We now know that a baby's brain is not completely wired at birth. The basic brain cells exist at birth, but most of the connections among cells are made during infancy and childhood.
Music has a powerful effect on our emotions. Parents know that a quiet, gentle lullaby can soothe a fussy baby. And a majestic chorus can make us swell with excitement. But music also can affect the way we think.
But much of the brain's wiring does not happen until after birth. In the first months and years of life, brain cells form connections in many parts of the brain. These connections are the complex circuits that shape our thinking, feelings, and behaviors.
Until recently we believed that there wasn't much we could do to help the brain develop. Most people believed that a child's genes determined a basic level of intelligence, and little could be done to change it after birth. Now we know that the brain does a lot of developing after birth.