Your Baby's 25th Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Your little one will probably be interested in beginning to feed herself some finger foods. As she becomes more independent it will free you somewhat -- but she's also not always very accurate at this point. Don't despair -- it just takes practice. Spread a cloth or mat underneath her high chair and let her enjoy. A bit of a mess is to be expected. When your baby is putting more on the floor than in her mouth, you know that she has probably satisfied her hunger and is ready to be cleaned up and put down to play.

Taking Care of Yourself

You may have already cashed in all babysitting offers from family and friends. Even if you still have ready and willing sitters in the wings, you may want to think ahead, as there may come a time when you've exhausted your current resources. You might want to consider forming a babysitting co-op, where parents trade sitting services with each other. Look for other parents in your neighborhood, at work, at school or at your place of worship. Co-ops come in all "flavors." The important thing is to locate parents with whom you would like your little one to spend time and babies for whom you would enjoy sitting.

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