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A 23-Week-Old At A Glance

By Amy Salatino, edHelperBaby

  Babble, Babble
           Over the last few weeks, your baby has begun to babble with a purpose.  Rather than just making sounds and noises just because she can, she is now making sounds and babbling noises to entertain herself.  Stand back and watch as she forms shapes with her mouth and genuinely enjoys the noises that she makes.  Her fascination with her ability to make these noises will be a memory in the making!


  Distract Away!
           Your baby is not only developing physically but cognitively as well.  Until now when your baby was fussy or unhappy, the only way to calm her was to give her what she wanted.  A recent cognitive development is the ability to be distracted.  If your baby begins fussing at the grocery store, you can probably distract her with songs or games or funny faces.  Don't get too excited; her attention span is INCREDIBLY short and it's only going to buy you a few minutes. But every minute counts sometimes!


  Little Flirt!
           As your baby begins to grasp very basic social skills she may develop some flirtatious behaviors which are almost as fun for you to watch as for her to display.  Watch her realize that strangers are talking to her or looking at her, only to throw them a smile, turn away quickly and then look back to see if she still has their attention.  The amusement on her face when she figures out that she has some control over other people's actions is unbeatable!


  Listen Up!
           Adults aren't the only ones who like to be listened to.  When your baby begins gurgling and babbling at you, make exaggerated listening gestures and talk back with inflection.  Your baby loves that you are truly listening to what she is saying and will continue the "conversation"! Such fun!


  DO Try This At Home!
           Your baby's neck control is at the top of its game, and tummy time is no longer a challenge for her.  Because of this, now's the time to put out some more appealing toys and encourage her to entertain herself on the floor for short lengths of time.  A favorite toy is a flat, baby safe mirror.  Your baby will love to look at herself and will entertain herself with her own reactions.  She doesn't quite realize that the baby in the mirror is she but will enjoy interacting with "that baby" nonetheless!


  Mirror, Mirror On The Floor!
           I love the idea of Max entertaining himself for a while, so I was thrilled to put him on the floor with some toys to see how long he would last and if, in fact, he would be happy.  I found three different toys that reflected his image: one was a vinyl book that had a mirrored page, the second was a little girl's dress up mirror with a long handle, and the third was a silver rattle - although it wasn't a mirror per say, it had some reflecting qualities that I thought Max might find intriguing.  I laid Max on the floor with these toys within his reach and settled myself on the couch simply to be an observer.  I really wanted to see if Max had a favorite "mirror" and if he would reach for one over the other.  Rather than just doing this activity, I wanted to build on some of the other activities that I've done in the past.  Immediately, I saw some of our hard work pay off when he reached for the mirror with the handle and pulled it to his mouth.  He gnawed on that for a little while.  When he got tired of chewing, he let go of that one and somehow caught his reflection in the mirror.  He was intrigued for a minute, smiled, and then moved on.  The next one that he found was the vinyl book.  He never got to the mirror on that one because he was super fascinated with the sound his fingernails made as he scratched them back and forth across the book.  He did this for about four minutes before he rolled away and lost interest in all those toys.  So...the mirrors itself weren't such a big hit, but he did keep himself totally occupied and happy for about fifteen minutes!  I'll keep trying with the mirrors, and as his attention span continues to develop, I'm sure he'll get excited about seeing his reflection!  Regardless of my unsuccessfulness with the mirrors, it was a fun activity...maybe you'll have better luck, so do try this at home!


  That's Questionable!
           Q -   Regular or Organic?       

       This question was triggered by discussion in my school lounge.  I teach with about eight young women and between the eight of us we have fifteen kids ages five and under.  We are forever having conversations about what our kids like to eat and what we are feeding them.       

       There is a huge range of differences.  There are the girls who are solely organic grocery buyers and cringe at the thought of anything inorganic passing through their child's mouth.  Then there are the moms who insist that we grew up eating food that was grown inorganically and we turned out okay.  These woman are almost opposite of the aforementioned; they buy purely inorganic out of spite.  And there are those people who feed their kids a little of everything.       

       This again becomes one of those questions where there probably is no right answer.  The right answer is whatever you feel comfortable with and whatever works for you.  This being said, I fall into the "what's on sale" category.  I am now and have always been a sale shopper.  Nothing makes me happier than getting a good deal, and if it's organic...then, hey, even better, but if it's not, I'm okay with that, too.  Do I like the idea of my kids having organic food?  Sure I do.  Do I believe that it's going to make a huge difference in their growth and development and behaviors?  Absolutely not.  So...as far as organic baby food goes...if it's on sale, I'll buy it, but if good old regular baby food is cheaper, that's usually what ends up in my cart and in my baby's mouth!


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