Your baby’s 22nd week
Now, when your little one wants to play with a specific toy he’s able to reach for it himself. And, his aim may be accurate enough to grasp it. He’s probably discovered the joy of being somewhat independent and whenever allowed, will push himself around with his hands and feet to move closer to out-of-reach objects. Be sure to supervise him closely and take a few moments to be sure your house and yard are equipped with properly installed gates, latches, outlet covers and other items necessary to ensure his safety.
Your baby is probably now strong enough to sit in an upright position as you carry him around with the support of your baby sling. Try moving him to a position of sitting on your hip. You’ll experience greater freedom of movement and your back, shoulders and arms will thank you as your hip supports most of his weight.
Your baby’s 23rd week
Watch your little one achieve new heights of independence as she learns to sit without your assistance. She’s not quite able to pull herself into a sitting position, but will be able to support herself if you seat her on a mat on the floor. She’ll begin by supporting herself with her hands and will soon graduate to sitting steadily while toys occupy her hands. Stay close by. She’ll be a bit unsteady and may slump forward without warning. She will thrust her arms out and will attempt to break her fall with her arms and hands when this happens.
In addition to sitting by herself, she may be able to stand without assistance if you place her next to a piece of furniture.
During playtime your little one will begin to make more intentional movements. She’ll study toys for longer periods of time and attempt to make them work together. Watch as she tries to pick up three or more objects at one time.