Newborn Basics

Your Baby Is 23 Weeks Old!

Human interaction is incredibly important for baby's development, but alone time is essential for him too. Being on his own helps him get comfortable with independence. Lay a blanket and some toys on the floor, and let baby play by himself while you keep an eye on him. Watch for fussiness, and pick him up if he seems like he's going to cry — remember, tears are still his only way to say "I'm bored."

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Photo: Christine Sandrock of Simply Bloom Photography / The Bump

Human interaction is incredibly important for baby's development, but alone time is essential for him too. Being on his own helps him get comfortable with independence. Lay a blanket and some toys on the floor, and let baby play by himself while you keep an eye on him. Watch for fussiness, and pick him up if he seems like he's going to cry — remember, tears are still his only way to say "I'm bored."

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Baby's starting to understand cause and effect, which means he loves grabbing, tasting, banging, shaking, and throwing. This makes it especially important to keep sharp objects, breakables, drinks, and your hair out of baby's reach. He's also learning to differentiate pastel colors. Keep exposing him to books and toys with wide ranges of hues to further expand his awareness of color.

To-do:
> Give baby some quiet
> Spend time with friends
> Get your body back

[ tip ] To help build baby's leg and torso strength, gently pull him up from a sitting position and hold him while he stands for a few seconds.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City

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