Three months old is when your baby starts to get really fun. The smiles are coming in abundantly and your baby is responsive of his surroundings and tracking things like airplanes and crawling ants with his eyes. There’s a lot going on in that beautiful little brain and if you’re looking for activities for three month olds, here are some great ones.
6 Activities for Three Month Old for Brain-Boosting Fun
1. Free library toddler time
Your local library is a parent’s greatest resource, and it’s free! Most libraries hold special baby and toddler times where they read books, sing songs, and host activities for three month old babies and babies in general. Look online or ask your librarian for a schedule. The library is also a great place to take your three month old to read together and play with sensory toys.
2. Sensory stations
Right now in your baby’s life, it is a wonderland for the senses. Every sight, smell, sound, and touch is new and exciting. You can create your own sensory stations at home with these three month old activities that can help your baby’s brain grow and develop with a passionate curiosity.
- Fill an empty water bottle or plastic Easter eggs (taped at the seams) with rice and shake away.
- Find interesting baby-safe objects around the house like paper towel rolls, balloons, or clean makeup brushes to let your baby feel and hold different textures.
- Fill a basket with different objects that make sounds, like a bell, a whistle, or a squeaking pet toy. Have fun showing your baby different sounds.
- Crunch paper together.
- Put different sized balls in front of your baby and help them feel and play with them, feeling the difference.
- Here’s a fun DIY toddler busy can you can make.
3. Visit a children’s museum
Find a local children’s museum where your baby can see and experience STEM activities like wind funnels, butterfly gardens, magnetic walls, and more. Many children’s museums offer discounts for families and annual memberships where you can come and go as much as you long for as little or as long as your baby can last.
4. Go to a petting zoo or farm
There are plenty of exciting activities for three month old babies at a petting zoo or farm. And babies love animals! Let your baby touch the baby pigs or horses and watch her eyes light up.
5. Go on a walk
Going on a walk with your three month old is not only good exercise for you, it’s great exercise for your baby’s brain. While you get your heart rate up, he is taking in all of the sights and sounds. Birds flying by and dogs barking will give your baby a sensory experience that’s equivalent to an amusement park.
6. Make an I-spy bag
Fill a clear resealable bag or pouch (like a pencil case) full of rice or clear beads. Stick small toys and interesting objects like buttons, figurines, and thimbles into the bag and help your three month old to turn the bag over and over, looking for those fun objects to stick out.
7. Quiet books
Have you heard of quiet books before? They offer amazing activities for three month old babies and older to do when you’re in places that require some sitting and waiting, like church or doctor appointments. We have the cutest patterns that you can use to make your own quiet books that last a lifetime.
8. Make hand and foot prints in play dough
While your three month old may not be able to play with play dough safely quite yet, he can still enjoy the feel of it on his hands and feet. Lay out play dough (or make your own–it’s easy!) on the table or hard wood floor and gently press your baby’s hands and feet into it, making prints. It’s also a sweet reminder of this priceless time in life.
9. Blow bubbles
Babies love bubbles! One of the most fun and least expensive activities for three month olds is bubble blowing. Let them reach out and try and pop the bubbles.
10. Exercise time fun
There are plenty of creative ways to exercise with your three month old; you can even make it fun for both! While your baby practices tummy time, you can join her by doing pushups and sit ups. Get your squats in while holding baby. Even lifting your little one over your head repetitively is a great arm toner.
11. Practice fine motor skills with pom poms
Let your baby hone in valuable fine motor skill by placing pom poms in a muffin tin where he can practice moving them in and out. You can do this on a table or the ground, or even have your three month old place them in a jar. Dump them out and do it again.
12. Bath time
Sometimes the most fun your baby can have is at home in your very own bath. This can be a great bonding time for parents and siblings as well as your baby explores his or her senses while playing in the water. Just make sure your baby’s bath temperature is around a safe 98.6°F by using a floating temperature thermometer. (These are a great household item to have around to monitor your baby’s bath as well as your pool or hot tub.) Bath time can be the perfect activity for your three month old, but if your bath water is too hot, it could scald your baby’s skin and lead to internal damage. That’s why an INKBIRD water thermometer is an essential tool to have around.
Never underestimate the power and importance of playing with your baby. These activities for three month old babies are great to do at home and to get you out of the house. Your baby is building brain power through play and you are a big part of that.