Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 23 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby’s getting better at spotting very small objects and tracking things that are moving. At this point, they may be able to recognize an object after seeing only part of it – like their favorite toy under a blanket. This will be the basis of hide-and-seek game you’ll be playing in the coming months. They can also follow an object out of their view.

You may also notice that they’ll reach for a block (or another object) on a table if you hold them close to it, and once they have got one, they may just go after a second.

At the week 23, the baby will be able to:

  • Sit without your assistance;
  • Detect some very small objects and track moving objects;
  • Recognize an object when only seeing part of it;
  • Reach a brick or something else on the table if you take them nearby.

How to support my baby?

At the week 23, the baby begins to perceive color. Reading books which have many colors or playing with blocks of color is a great way to help your baby learn the palette.

Let’s clap and give your baby something to plug and suck, just some new items can also be effective to increase there awareness of items and its morphology.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors will not arrange health checks for your baby this month. On the positive side, it means that there is no serious problem with the baby; on the negative side is that you will not be able to recognize how the baby develops. Prepare questions for checks in the next month, but do not be afraid to call your doctor right away if you have any problems that make you concern.

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

Understanding the growth chart

Your doctor will conclude the overall potential growth of your child by measuring weight, height and head circumference and comparing with common data, as well as with previous results of the baby. If there are differences in different proportions, this may indicate that the baby is suffering from a health problem which can affect tolerability and absorption of nutrients. Your doctor will use the growth rate in percentage to consider how your baby develops compared with their peers.

Do not worry if your baby does not gain weight or height criterion, each baby will have different growth rates. Babies can develop slowly during this period, then they can increase at a later stage or vice versa. The speed of development and the body mass index may depend on genetics. Moreover, their health is also affected by a variety of factors, including the environment, temperament and activity level. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Pulling ear

The fingers and hands, toes and feet and ears are all parts that can cause curiosity. Your baby will start to explore their body parts. If they don’t pull and tug at their ear, along with having fussiness and fever, it is nothing to be worried about. If there are signs of discomfort and fever, your baby may have an ear infection or teething. It is important to inform your doctor any sings that are not normal.

Eczema

Your baby may be suffering from eczema, a common skin condition that causes patches of skin to be rough and itchy.

The following information is important in helping you deal with eczema in babies:

  • Cut nails: Keep your baby’s nails as short as possible to minimize damage if they scratch.
  • Limit bath: prolonged exposure to soap and water will increase skin dryness, so please limit shower time down to no more than 10 or 15 minutes, use a mild soap too. You should not give your baby soaked in soapy water. Shortly after taking the baby out of the water, you should apply moisturizer for your baby.
  • Use lotion: apply a lot of lotion to cause non – irritating for the baby after the bath, the baby’s skin is still damp. However, you should not use oils or creams like Vaseline for baby’s skin.
  • Adjust the surroundings: that it’s too hot, cold or dry air can make eczema worse, so you should try to avoid having baby outdoors in inclement weather. Keep your house not too hot or too cold, and using a humidifier to remain the air moist.
  • Wear clothes made of cotton (cotton): sweating can make eczema worse, so you should not let infant wear clothes from synthetic fibers, wool and wear too many layers of clothing.

Adjustment of diet: under the supervision of a physician, please remove any food that tends to irritate carriers and can make the eczema situation more serious.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Feeding chairs

There is no clean way to feed your baby. You may think that feeding your baby on your lap is the best way but it can be the messiest and not the most efficient. The best way is to find a feeding chair that is safe with a safety strap. You should always supervise your baby at all times. Even with support and a safety strap, your baby can get tangled or fall. Your baby at this age may not be able to sit up straight and may still need support. Once your baby can sit fairly well, it is time for you to switch to a high chair for the baby.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby’s getting better at spotting very small objects and tracking things that are moving. At this point, they may be able to recognize an object after seeing only part of it – like their favorite toy under a blanket. This will be the basis of hide-and-seek game you’ll be playing in the coming months. They can also follow an object out of their view.

You may also notice that they’ll reach for a block (or another object) on a table if you hold them close to it, and once they have got one, they may just go after a second.

At the week 23, the baby will be able to:

  • Sit without your assistance;
  • Detect some very small objects and track moving objects;
  • Recognize an object when only seeing part of it;
  • Reach a brick or something else on the table if you take them nearby.

How to support my baby?

At the week 23, the baby begins to perceive color. Reading books which have many colors or playing with blocks of color is a great way to help your baby learn the palette.

Let’s clap and give your baby something to plug and suck, just some new items can also be effective to increase there awareness of items and its morphology.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors will not arrange health checks for your baby this month. On the positive side, it means that there is no serious problem with the baby; on the negative side is that you will not be able to recognize how the baby develops. Prepare questions for checks in the next month, but do not be afraid to call your doctor right away if you have any problems that make you concern.

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

Understanding the growth chart

Your doctor will conclude the overall potential growth of your child by measuring weight, height and head circumference and comparing with common data, as well as with previous results of the baby. If there are differences in different proportions, this may indicate that the baby is suffering from a health problem which can affect tolerability and absorption of nutrients. Your doctor will use the growth rate in percentage to consider how your baby develops compared with their peers.

Do not worry if your baby does not gain weight or height criterion, each baby will have different growth rates. Babies can develop slowly during this period, then they can increase at a later stage or vice versa. The speed of development and the body mass index may depend on genetics. Moreover, their health is also affected by a variety of factors, including the environment, temperament and activity level. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Pulling ear

The fingers and hands, toes and feet and ears are all parts that can cause curiosity. Your baby will start to explore their body parts. If they don’t pull and tug at their ear, along with having fussiness and fever, it is nothing to be worried about. If there are signs of discomfort and fever, your baby may have an ear infection or teething. It is important to inform your doctor any sings that are not normal.

Eczema

Your baby may be suffering from eczema, a common skin condition that causes patches of skin to be rough and itchy.

The following information is important in helping you deal with eczema in babies:

  • Cut nails: Keep your baby’s nails as short as possible to minimize damage if they scratch.
  • Limit bath: prolonged exposure to soap and water will increase skin dryness, so please limit shower time down to no more than 10 or 15 minutes, use a mild soap too. You should not give your baby soaked in soapy water. Shortly after taking the baby out of the water, you should apply moisturizer for your baby.
  • Use lotion: apply a lot of lotion to cause non – irritating for the baby after the bath, the baby’s skin is still damp. However, you should not use oils or creams like Vaseline for baby’s skin.
  • Adjust the surroundings: that it’s too hot, cold or dry air can make eczema worse, so you should try to avoid having baby outdoors in inclement weather. Keep your house not too hot or too cold, and using a humidifier to remain the air moist.
  • Wear clothes made of cotton (cotton): sweating can make eczema worse, so you should not let infant wear clothes from synthetic fibers, wool and wear too many layers of clothing.

Adjustment of diet: under the supervision of a physician, please remove any food that tends to irritate carriers and can make the eczema situation more serious.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Feeding chairs

There is no clean way to feed your baby. You may think that feeding your baby on your lap is the best way but it can be the messiest and not the most efficient. The best way is to find a feeding chair that is safe with a safety strap. You should always supervise your baby at all times. Even with support and a safety strap, your baby can get tangled or fall. Your baby at this age may not be able to sit up straight and may still need support. Once your baby can sit fairly well, it is time for you to switch to a high chair for the baby.

So in week 24,  your baby will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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