Your Baby Development: 26 Weeks OldHow big is your baby? This week your baby will be weighing around 16 pounds and measuring 26 1/2 inches if he/she was of average size at birth. Because baby’s depth perception has improved he/she can distinguish relationships with objects better. If a toy is now lying in front of another object, then he/she will realize that the toy is in front of the object he/she is trying to see. This insight expands his/her understanding of his/her environment. Now that baby’s ability to grasp objects is more developed, he/she can hold his/her own bottle. He/She may use his/her fingers to pick something up, passes the item from hand to hand as well as lift, shake, pull, squeeze and toss an object. Vocalization plays an important part of baby’s activities. He/She will indicate pleasure with many different sounds, and he/she may try to imitate the sounds which you make. He/She may string together a number of sounds and repeat them, such as “da,da,da” or “ma,ma,ma”, although he doesn’t yet realize that they have meaning. As his/strength increases with each passing day, he/she can probably sit briefly without support. When he/she starts to fall over, he/she may place his/her hand on the floor as support. He/She may also grab at an object with one hand while supporting him/herself with the other hand. This simple act displays the balance and strength which he/she has already developed.
Baby Development Milestones This Week
- Has strong taste preferences
- May compare two objects
- May be disturbed by strangers.
- Take out only enough jarred baby food for one feeding, and don’t feed baby out of the jar. Store the remaining jarred food in the refrigerator.
- Buy small jars of baby food when traveling. If you cannot refrigerate the remaining food, it MUST be discarded.
- Give baby his/her juice in a cup to help him learn to drink from a cup
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