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Your Baby's Physical Development 3 to 6 months

3 to 6 Months

Your baby at a glance

Your baby is gaining more control over her body and movements, and he will start rolling as well as grasping. During this stage you are likely to see your baby:
  • Starting to roll over, first from front to back (between 4-6 months)
  • Lifting his head and chest when lying on his front
  • Starting to push forward and pulling herself up a bit whilst holding on to something
  • Starting to wave legs and arms when on her tummy
  • Showing fascination of his own fingers and will start playing with them
  • Reaching for objects, holding them for a short time, and putting them in her mouth
  • Starting to be able to sit with support

Your baby's story

Baby on TummyYour baby is starting to get more control over her body. During this stage, she will gradually start rolling over, just one way at first, often from front to back. The fact that her head is heavier than the rest of the body, and her muscles develop from head to toe, will help her rotate and roll over.

With increasing strength he will want to push himself forward and try to pull his body up by grabbing on to something. Towards 6 months, he may also be able to sit up as long as you are providing support. He can easily tip over without support as he doesn’t have sufficient strength and balance just yet.

During this time, you will also see your baby's fine motor skills kicking in more clearly, and she is likely to start bringing her hands together. She will start to grasp for things, such as a rattle or other toy, and explore things by bringing them to her mouth. Increasingly at this age, your baby will show enjoyment in playing with objects you place near her, and discovers textures and the noise things make when she moves them. These are her important ways of learning about the world around her.

What you can do to support and encourage your baby’s development

Gentle physical 'exercise' games are great for your baby as she is learning to move her body as well as learning that all her body parts in fact belong to her. She will laugh out loud at the sensation of you blowing raspberries on her tummy, tickling her feet, etc. Tummy time allows her to kick her legs and move her arms, which strengthens muscles and helps the progression to crawling and generally finding ways to move around. She may enjoy spending time on the floor without a nappy every now and then, so she can really get in touch with her own movements and kicking.

For fine motor skill development, try to place interesting and colourful toys or objects within reach. This means he will touch them accidentally, and then start trying to touch them and grab them on purpose. As your baby is gaining more body control and strength, you can place a favourite toy just out of reach and see how he finds ways to move forward to get hold of it. Make sure you learn his signs of frustration though, so you can give him the toy if he has had enough and just want to play with it. Also, ensure the space around your baby is safe, as he will suddenly learn to move forward and grab hold of whatever is around.

If your baby is showing signs of wanting to pull herself up, find objects that are firm and stable she can use to support herself. Talk to her and be excited and encouraging as she is trying new things.

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