Your baby is 17 weeks old

Your baby is 17 weeks old!

17 week old baby

You are probably feeling like a seasoned pro at the baby game – grabbing nappies with one hand and your 17 week old baby hoisted on your hip as you rush out to meet your ‘mummy friends’.

Your baby this week

This month as your baby shows signs of being ready to try solid food, he will put everything in his mouth, so be warned and clear anything dangerous from exploring little hands. This week your baby starts to learn about permanence and you may notice him looking for an object if it has been hidden. He may also become attached to a toy and get upset if it is taken away from him. His finger control has improved and he can rake for an object he has dropped and try to pick it up. He can also pass something from one hand to another. You can help by hiding your 17 week old baby’s favourite toys in boxes or behind pillows to see if he searches for them.

Blowing raspberries or razzing will become a favourite game during the fifth month and usually comes about because your baby is mimicking an adult doing it. This can be a great delight for the adult, but even more for the baby who will greatly enjoy his newfound ability to make this noise and to make people laugh around him.

You this month

The fifth month is a great month to travel with your baby. This is because your baby is not mobile yet so cannot crawl or toddle off anywhere. Your 17 week old baby will be all smiles and adores attention; his sleeping and feeding habits are also likely to be getting less demanding. You are now a more mobile unit! Flying with your baby may be worrying you but timing flights, car journeys or train travel around nap times can help to keep travelling relaxed. Don’t forget to keep your baby safe in the sun, or at high altitude. Don't forget that a baby’s skin is much more delicate than adults and direct sunlight should be avoided especially in the summer; read our feature on buying sun protection for your baby if you want to learn more.

Find out how your baby will progress in week 18

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