What’s happening around now
By now your baby’s body will have completely uncurled. Strengthening neck muscles mean he can hold his head up in line with his body. He’ll also start to use his arms for support and will look like he’s doing mini press-ups! He continues to be fascinated with his hands and will start to stretch and reach for objects – although he won’t quite be able to grasp them yet!
Your baby will soon start to make soft ‘cooing’ sounds. These will be single-syllable open vowel sounds, starting with letters like p, b and m, which can be made with his lips. It’s not surprising then, that ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ become some of your baby’s first words.
Your baby will be startled or will cry at loud noises, but will be comforted by your familiar voice. He’ll now start to become very curious about what’s going on around him, using as many senses as he can to explore his world.
It’s the perfect time to hang a mobile above your baby’s cot at a level that’s just within reach.
Bright colours, rattles and chimes will stimulate your baby who’ll soon learn that reaching up to touch the objects gets them moving and making sounds. This is great for your baby’s hand-eye coordination and for teaching him ‘cause and effect’.