Your Baby Development: 23 Weeks OldHow big is your baby? This week your baby will be weighing around 15 1/4 pounds and measuring 25 3/4 inches if he/she was of average size at birth. Your baby is now expressing his/her feelings with ease, by laughing, smiling, etc. Baby may hold out his/her arms when you reach to pick him/her up. He/She is now at the stage when he/she is willing to relate to others as well, although they may still be some anxiety around strangers. Baby may also be showing special interest in your face, and will look at you from every angle, as well as putting his/her fingers in your mouth, eyes and nose. This is all a learning process as he/she is learning more and more about you and him/herself. Baby is learning that you are a separate person to him/her. You may notice that your baby may temporarily focus on a particular area of development at a time. If this does happen, then baby may ignore other things while focusing on a particular area. Baby’s understanding of speech is also improving, and he/she will respond to you in different ways, and when you speak he/she will pay special attention to you. He/She may even coo and gurgle in response, or try to imitate the sounds which you make.
Baby Development Milestones This Week
- Sits with little support; may slump forward on hands for balance
- Reaches with one arm
- Bends herself almost into sitting position when rolling from back to side
- Turns head freely
- Gazes at object for a long time
- Utters several additional consonant sounds
- Giggles and laughs
- coos, hums, and stops crying when he/she hears music.
- Put baby down in her crib while he/she is still awake. Tell him/her it’s time to sleep. leave the room.
- If baby doesn’t start to cry, then you don’t need to do anymore. If baby does start to cry, let him/her cry for 5 minutes, before going back into the room
- Don’t turn the lights on, keep physical contact to a minimum and speak softly to him/her, again telling him/her it is time to go to sleep.
- If he/she still cries, this time wait 10 minutes before entering the room. Again, keep physical contact to a minimum, tell him/her again it is time to sleep and leave the room. Don’t stay for to long.
- If crying continues, wait 15 minutes between each visit.
- On the second night start with 10 minutes between visits, gradually increasing the time between going in as time goes by.
- A barking cough which sounds like a seal
- Difficulty breathing
- Hoarse or raspy voice
- Discharge from nose, either thick or watery
- Difficulty breathing
- Agitation of fussiness
- Snorting or sniffing sounds
- He/She may rub or scratch his/her nose
- Shortness of breath
- Blueness around the mouth and nose
- Running a persistent temperature
- The discharge from the nose is yellow or green
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