Your 3-month-old twins are fully engaged and interested in their surroundings. Planned activities support their physical, cognitive and emotional development. Babies who are 3 months old are perfecting their body control, learning to move their limbs at will and following sight and sound with head and eye movements. Your twins are communicating with smiles and babbling, they enjoy each other’s company and your face probably elicits smiles. In their busy schedule of feeding, naps, diaper changes and baths, your twins could use a little down time with activities that meet their developmental needs and provide opportunities for bonding, joy and relaxation.
Although tummy time is not okay for sleeping babies, it’s a developmental necessity when babies are awake. Babies need tummy time to develop and strengthen neck, arm and leg muscles. Place your twins on their tummies facing each other -- head-to-head, but not too close -- so they can wiggle, reach and raise their heads to see each other. Create an interesting environment with a colorful blanket or activity mat and a few toys to encourage grasping and improve hand-eye coordination. This twin interaction will encourage physical movement and “conversation.” Keep a close watch on the twins during tummy time since they have the control and strength to roll over. KidsHealth recommends starting with short tummy time sessions and increasing the duration over time.
When the twins are relaxed and happy, it’s a good time to engage in a little baby talk. Your 3-month-old twins are beginning to imitate the sounds they hear. They coo as well as make vowel sounds and other “talking” sounds. Baby talk is fine, but they need to hear real talk, as well, to learn about language and conversation. Place the twins close together, such as in their infant seats or on your lap. Imitate the twins' baby talk, repeating the cooing sounds back to them. Talk to them in your normal voice, using real words and vowel sounds. Give the twins time to respond to you and to each other. Use facial expressions the twins can imitate to engage them in the experience.
Treat the twins to a side by side exercise session to strengthen their muscles and provide some giggle time. Sing a song or recite a cute rhyming poem during the activity to make it more fun. Place the twins in their infant seats side by side and do the bicycle movement, first with one twin and then the other, unless you have an assistant. Hold the baby’s feet and gently pump the legs back and forth as if he is riding a bike. Hold the baby’s wrists and clap his hands together. Play reach-and-grab with a toy dangled from a string. Once the twins get going, you should see some impatient wiggling while one waits his turn.
Your twins need time to interact with each other, especially if they sleep in separate cribs, and time to interact alone with you. For their together time, place them in the same crib together, side by side and on their backs. You should be near and peep in occasionally to talk to them and encourage the interaction, but allow them to spend much of the time with just each other touching and “talking.” Set aside time for each twin to be alone with you. Hold the twin and talk quietly, read a book or sing a song. These times alone with you will help with the delays in language development that can occur with some twins, according to FamilyDoctor.org.
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