Your Baby's 20th Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

It may be dawning on your baby that he has control over things that happen around him, and he will take great interest in experimenting with cause and effect. He will begin to notice what happens when he drops a rattle or pushes a toy that makes a sound. Before you know it he will be dropping an object, just to see your reaction. It can be frustrating to parents who seem to always be picking up toys flung around the room, but it's all part of your baby's learning process.

Taking Care of Yourself

As you adjust to your new addition, you and your partner may decide that you want to venture out alone for a couple of hours. Unless you are among the lucky few who have family members readily available to watch your baby, you will require the services of a sitter. For your own peace of mind, as well as the safety of your little one, you will want to choose your sitter with care. Ask for names from your friends and relatives, interview candidates and let your baby meet them as well. When you choose a sitter, have her come to your house beforehand so your baby becomes familiar with them. When you finally leave your baby in the sitter's care, make sure you leave behind the pertinent information about the care of your baby and where you will be. By covering all bases before you set out on your "date," you will be able to relax and enjoy your night out.

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