19 weeks old

19 weeks old

4-Month-Third Week (19 weeks old)

How your baby’s growing

Even though crying is still your baby’s strongest form of communication, he’s also developing his sense of humour now. He may start to laugh at pleasant surprises such as your face appearing from underneath a blanket or a toy popping out of a box, provided it isn’t too loud or startling.

Encourage your baby’s laughter, giggles and smiles with funny faces and lots of general silliness. Babies enjoy hearing a variety of sounds and you don’t need special toys or instruments to provide them. Simply click your tongue, whistle or make animal noises – your baby will love it!

How your life’s changing

When you get to the point that the mess in your home is causing you stress, keep three little invaluable words in mind: lower your standards. It’s hard to keep up with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and organisation the way you did pre-baby, especially once your little one is able to move about and scatter toys all day long.

To clear up some of the clutter and make yourself feel better, consider focusing on specific, attainable goals. Take care of necessities first and then move on to organizing your home in ways that will make your daily life easier – such as organizing your baby’s nappy supplies or keeping toys in one place. You could think of hiring a live-in help or part-time carer. Then make a plan of action with your husband so that you can share responsibilities and keep future messes to a minimum.

It also helps to talk about your frustrations with other parents. They will most probably sympathies and may be able to share helpful hints.

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