23weeks old

23weeks old

5-Month, Third Week (23weeks)

How your baby’s growing

Your baby’s getting better at spotting very small objects and tracking moving things. At this point, he may be able to recognize an object after seeing only part of it – like his favourite toy peeking out from under the couch. This will be the basis of little hide-and-seek games you’ll be playing in the coming months.

He can also follow an object out of his view. Your baby will reach for a block (or another object) on a table if you hold him close to it, and once he’s got one, he may just go after a second one.

How your life’s changing

Thinking of using a carer or a babysitter is a big decision. Perhaps the hardest part is finding and choosing someone you like and trust, especially if family members or close friends are unavailable. Asking friends and neighbours who are young parents for references is a great way to find candidates.

There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a babysitter, including age, experience and knowledge of infant care. Asking for references is a good start, as is a thorough interview to help you gauge the sitter’s character, personality and qualifications. Watch the carer interact with your baby, too.

Parent tip:

“My baby daughter loves it when I sing “The wheels on the bus” while I’m changing her nappy. I cycle her legs for “round and round” and move her legs from side to side for “the wipers…go swish swish swish”, and push her heels for “the horn on the bus goes ding ding ding”. It gives her bum a chance to dry and if she’s ever crying when having her nappy changed (especially when we’re out), singing distracts her enough to stop as she connects the song with having fun.” — Nikita

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