Your Baby's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 3 Monthsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-babyHVOS3mo-enHD-AR1.pngYour baby experiences sights, sounds, and smells with the five senses. Here's what your baby is experiencing at 3 months.sights, seeing, touches, feeling, sensing, tasting, tastes, sounds, hearing, ears, eyes, fingers, toes, hands, feet, skin, mouth, tongue, nose, smells, smelling, inhales, noises, focus, brightness, movement, colors, black and white pictures, blankets, hugs, soft, voices, sounds in the womb, heartbeats, music, startle, my baby's senses, mobiles, toys, testing, tests, crying, cries, images, sweet, bitter, sour, taste buds, nightlights, looking, listening, speaking, human contact, 1 month old, 2 months old, 3 months old, neurology, developmental medicine, behavioral medicine, general pediatrics, neonatology, neonatal03/10/201507/29/201907/29/2019KidsHealth Medical Experts12/01/2017a2debf4b-ad8e-4515-81d6-ee6b664fa144https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/senses-3mos.html/<p>Every minute that they're awake, babies take in the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of the world around them. Although it may take a while to grasp what all this information means, your baby can still find joy and comfort in the familiar faces, voices, and sensations of everyday life.</p> <h3>What Can My Baby See?</h3> <p>By the end of this month, your baby &mdash; who was once only able to see at close range &mdash; will be able to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision.html/">spot</a> familiar faces even at a distance.</p> <p>Human faces are one of their favorite things to look at, especially their own or a parent's face. Install a baby-safe crib mirror at your baby's eye level and see how your baby watches himself or herself. You also may catch your baby gazing out a window or at a picture on the other side of the room.</p> <p>Your baby's color vision is also developing, so brightly colored wall hangings or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-toys.html/">toys</a> will help develop this skill. Soft pastel colors, though, are hard for a baby to see &mdash; something to keep in mind when buying toys and books.</p> <p>Your baby's eye coordination has now improved enough to follow an object from left to right, or&nbsp;up and down. By 3 months, he or she may start to reach for and swipe at objects &mdash; the beginning of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move13m.html/">hand&ndash;eye coordination</a>.</p> <p>Your baby will enjoy looking out from the stroller or baby carrier as you walk the neighborhood or the mall. Point out the sights, letting your baby linger over whatever catches his or her eye. Remember, the whole world is your baby's classroom and there's so much to see.</p> <h3>What Can My Baby Hear?</h3> <p>Your baby loves to hear your voice, so <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c13m.html/">talk</a>, babble, sing, and coo away. Take special advantage of your baby's own "talking" to have a "conversation." If you hear your baby make a sound, repeat it and wait for him or her to make another. You are teaching your baby valuable lessons about tone, pacing, and taking turns when talking to someone else.</p> <p>Babies this age seem to respond best to a higher-pitched voice, which is why most people naturally raise the pitch of their voices and exaggerate their speech when talking to a baby. This is fine &mdash; studies have shown that "baby talk" doesn't delay speech development. In fact, responding to your baby encourages speech. Feel free to mix in some regular adult words and tone with the baby talk. It may seem early, but you're setting the stage for your baby's first words.</p> <p>Besides voices, your baby will probably enjoy listening to music (play a variety of styles) and may be fascinated by the routine sounds of life as well. Keep your baby nearby as you rattle pans while making dinner, and let him or her sit in a baby seat within earshot of older siblings laughing and playing. Baby rattles and musical mobiles are other good ways to stimulate your baby's hearing.</p> <p>Your baby probably had a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/newborn-screening-tests.html/">hearing screening</a> before being released from the hospital (most states require this). If not, or if your baby was born at home or a birthing center, it's important to have a hearing screening as soon as possible. Most children who are born with a hearing loss can be diagnosed through a hearing screening.</p> <h3>What Can My Baby Taste and Smell?</h3> <p>Your baby can taste and smell and will favor sweet tastes over bitter ones. For example, a baby will choose to suck on a bottle of sweetened water, but will turn away or cry if given something bitter or sour to taste. Likewise, babies will turn toward smells they favor and turn away from bad odors.</p> <p>Though sweetness is preferred, taste preferences will continue to develop during the first year. In fact, studies show that <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/moms-nutrients.html/">a mother's diet</a> can affect the way her breast milk tastes. These first flavors can help shape flavor preferences later on. For example, a mother who ate spicy foods while nursing is likely to have a child who grows up to favor spicy foods.</p> <p>For now, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed13m.html/">breast milk or formula</a> will fully satisfy your baby.</p> <h3>Why Is Touch Important?</h3> <p>It won't be long before your baby will be reaching out and touching everything. But for now, your baby depends on you to provide touch. Babies know they're loved and cared for when they're held, hugged, and kissed.</p> <p>Make it fun, too. Your baby will respond joyfully to a game of "This Little Piggy" as you touch your baby's toes or fingers. Introduce different textures and temperatures: the softness of a feather, the hardness of a wooden block, the cool feel of a window in winter. When babies feel the world around them, they learn about life.</p> <h3>If You're Worried</h3> <p>If you want a little reassurance that your baby's senses are working well, you can do some unscientific testing for yourself.</p> <p>Watch&nbsp;how your baby uses his or her eyes. Does your baby look at&nbsp;your face closely? Does your baby follow moving objects? At the end of this month, your baby will probably smile when he or she sees you and recognizes your face. If you have concerns about your baby&rsquo;s ability to see, discuss it with your doctor.</p> <p>If you're worried about your baby's ability hearing, ask yourself these questions:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Does the baby startle at an unexpected sound?</li> <li>Does the baby respond to the sound of my voice, even if he or she cannot see me? (Your baby's response might be to turn toward your voice, stop crying, smile, or get excited and move his or her arms and legs.)</li> <li>Does the baby respond to music and other sounds in your environment?</li> </ul> <p>If you're still worried about your little one's hearing or vision, talk to your doctor. The earlier problems with seeing and hearing are discovered, the better they can be treated.</p>La vista, el oído y otros sentidos de su bebé: 3 mesesCada minuto que pasan despiertos y alerta, los bebés incorporan imágenes, sonidos, olores y sensaciones táctiles del mundo que los rodea. Su bebé puede encontrar alegría y consuelo en los rostros, las voces y las sensaciones familiares de la vida cotidiana. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/senses-3mos-esp.html/03989cf4-f7b7-4ad1-b6fe-ddf7d9d8916a
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