Baby Development- Week 21

Your baby is learning and exploring a lot many new things around this time; however, it is the apt time that you too learn some things about providing proper care and nourishment to it.

Physical Development:

Your baby is growing fast and you would notice it becoming a round and cheeky after having started giving solids/semi-solids to it. This is an obvious change that happens due to the extra nutrients that the babies receive from cereals and other food stuffs. Make sure that gradually you provide your baby with all kinds of nutrients within a day’s diet so that it grows properly.

Baby’s Activities:

Your baby is moving towards it next milestone- communication, at a fast pace now. It tries to utter sounds like ‘ma-ma’, ‘ba-ba’, ‘da-da’ and might even associate those to certain things. Being a parent, you are soon to learn what each sound refers to and would be able to communicate with your baby accordingly.

The Thing to Watch out:

Though you are keen to introduce various kinds of foods to your baby, it is important to know that some foodstuffs should not be given to a baby before it is 12 months old. These are cow’s milk, egg whites, chocolate, nuts and honey as these can cause allergic reactions. Foods like egg yolk should be introduced not before the baby is 9 months old and only after a discussion with your paediatrician.

 

Tips for Week 21:

  1. In case there has been a history of food allergies of any kind in your family, you should be very careful while introducing foods to your baby and must talk to your paediatrician about it.

  2. Homemade cereal mixes are always better than the baby foods that you find in the markets; hence, you should prefer making foods for your baby at home instead of buying the readymade ones.

  3. There should be a balance between the number of meals that your baby consumes and the amount of milk in takes. At 21 weeks, your baby should be having two meals and at least six feedings of milk.

  4. Fruits like banana, papaya, apples (poached) can also be mashed and given to your baby.

  5. Each baby has its own likings in terms of taste; identify the likings of your baby and give it foods accordingly.

  6. The food given to a baby should neither be too sweet, nor too salty. In fact many doctors prefer that bland foods should be given to the baby so that it doesn’t develop any preferences at this stage.

  7. Your baby might not even associate the sounds it makes to any object; however, in that case, you should indicate to it what that sounds refers to and guide it.