Child development: 0-3 months
child; development; newborn; three; months; ;
At birth a baby does not know or understand anything. They quickly learn to recognise the smell and voice of the person who feeds them and holds them most often but they do not know this is their 'mother'.
However, even from birth, they start to communicate with you and give you little signals when they are tired or hungry, or awake and alert.
They are learning all the time, and the job of parents is to help them to know that the world is a welcoming place for them to be in, where their needs will be met and they will learn to feel safe and loved. Remember that for a new baby everything is new and may be scary at first, even a nappy change.
The Raising Children Network website has a lot of information about babies, including information about development, behaviour, fitness, health and daily care. As well as articles there are several videos. The Raising Children Network site has been funded by the Australian Government.
There are many topics on our website about babies including:
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.