Your baby's fifth month: Week-by-week developmental updates

Your baby’s 21st week

Your little one will now begin to reach for her toys and will soon begin moving them from hand to hand and then right on to her mouth. Watch her carefully and take care to give her safe toys and teething rings she’ll be able to suck on without harm. She’ll enjoy the challenge of squeezing toys to make them squeak. You’ll notice her making conscious decisions as she plays. She’ll begin to play with blocks although she’ll not be very accurate in stacking or sorting them quite yet.

She’ll closely observe your mouth movements while you speak and will attempt to imitate your sounds and the inflection in your voice. She’ll babble specific sounds in an attempt to get attention. (The cute expressions on her face will help make her irresistible.) Watch as she also mimics your gestures.

Her eyesight has improved dramatically. Now, in addition to her black and white toys, she’ll begin taking an interest in the many colors the world has to offer. Offer her toys and objects of many colors and watch how quickly she makes her preferences known!

Next: Find out what to expect during your baby's 22nd week of life

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