Your baby’s 24th week
Your little one has learned how to effectively communicate his needs. Now he’ll begin to display his every emotion as well. You’ll find that he’s like an open book and you can read his moods as they change simply by observing the expression on his face and his body language. You’ll witness smiles and animated movements when he’s happy and a more quiet, withdrawn demeanor when he’s tired, sad or lonely. (Expect him to continue crying as he has in the past to signal the need for attention, food, a diaper change or a nap.)
He’ll continue to experiment with his voice as well. You’ll hear loud outbursts, soft babbling and long strings of seemingly unrelated sounds. He’s attempting to speak as you do and make the noises he hears around him every day. Capture these sounds on video or cassette tape. You’ll enjoy listening to them when he’s older and speaking in “real” sentences.
Consider introducing your baby to a jumper chair hung in a doorway. This can provide amusement, while allowing him to exercise and strengthen those leg muscles. Be certain the chair is properly hung in an appropriate doorway. Keep him away from stairways and other dangerous areas (like near the kitchen stove) where he could get hurt if someone slipped or the chair were to come unhooked from the doorframe. Remember to stay nearby and watch for cues the he may need a rest. Little legs can wear out very quickly.