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Your Baby Is 20 Weeks Old!

It's important to establish a sleep routine with baby. She's probably been more alert in the past couple months, but this doesn't mean she needs less rest. All babies have their own napping style — some prefer 20-minute stretches every couple hours, while others do better with just a few hour-long naps — but on average, all babies should get about 14-and-a-half hours of sleep a day.

When to nap?
Sleep schedule?
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Getting control
Baby's starting to show more control of her head and neck muscles. You can see this in action when you lift her up from her back — her head and shoulders should follow your direction. Also, as her spine continues to straighten, she may start to successfully sit up with or without support.


Keep an eye on baby's moves
Ensure baby gets enough shut-eye
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[tip]  Make sure baby's toys have a diameter of at least 1 1/2 inches (or 4 centimeters) so that she won't choke when she puts them in her mouth.

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