Updated October 2018

Parents, congratulations. All of you. You’ve made it past a critical point: the dreaded 4th trimester – colic, being up all night, getting your nipples chewed raw, blowout poops, endless crying…yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

It might not all be over, but the worst is definitely behind you.

Thus begins a new era: getting your life back. Getting your toes done. Having a date night (what?). Buying some new clothes. Having sex (okay, let’s not go TOO overboard here). For many, this also means going back to work (ugggggh!).

4th trimester Baby Alice at 13 Weeks

Baby Alice at 13 Weeks

It’s Alive!!!

You may have noticed lately that your 3 month old is much more alert and energetic. No more blank stares; she looks into your eyes and smiles now. THAT, dear friends, is pretty awesome. You may have even heard your first giggle. Hopefully by now, she’s also on (somewhat) of a predictable, 3-nap-a-day schedule, but if not, don’t sweat it.

4th trimester baby in play gym

If you work from home like me, this is the point where you absolutely cannot get any work done during the day (you didn’t think the all-day-napping-thing would last forever, right?)! Even if you’ve mastered typing and breastfeeding at the same time, it’s damn near impossible to work from home. Yup, time to hire a sitter! Sorry, bank account.

How to find a sitter? Check with friends and neighbors, contact your local mother’s group, or go online to services like Care.com, UrbanSitter, Sittercity, etc.

Interaction

At this age, your 3 month old will enjoy some additional stimulation in his daily life. Listening to music. Swatting at toys. Walking to the coffee shop. Playing peekaboo. You name it.

As baby starts to reach and grab this month, play gyms are the place to be. Another crowd favorite is the Kick & Play Piano (one that hangs from the crib or stands alone as a play gym).

 

4th trimester

The Kick & Play Piano

Mobiles are also really fun at this age. A crowd favorite is the Fisher-Price Precious Planet Mobile (below).

4th trimester

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Mobile

I also like the rudimentary Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile.

4th trimester

Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile

Note: These all require a crib.

In 3 months from now, your baby will be sitting up and starting solid foods. Can you imagine? For now, enjoy your chubby little back-lying toe-sucker. They grow up fast!

Congrats to you, Mom and Dad! Pat yourself on the back for making it through the 4th trimester. You did a great job. 😉

Onward and Upward!