Baby’s Development – Week 18
Your baby is becoming stronger and stronger each week. You may even find that, by week 18, your baby can sit up unsupported for some time. If not, no need to worry, she will soon. Placing pillows at her sides to bolster her in this position may help her build the appropriate muscles, if she hasn’t already.
At this stage, your baby is learning now to entertain herself and will delight in playing with different toys. Encourage her to experiment and play with different toys, like a rattle, or even just a piece of cloth. An activity centre or a crib gym could be a good option to keep baby occupied at this stage.
Babies can see colours from birth, but find it hard to distinguish between similar tones. As a result younger babies will prefer high contrast patterns like black and white. But at this stage, differences between colours become clearer, and she will begin to distinguish between different colours. Feed this improved vision by showing your child a variety of colours in toys, books and clothes.
Nappy rash solutions
Unfortunately, nappy rash can strike at any time. It usually appears in the form of a red patches with small lesions around them. In severe cases, blisters can appear on the skin leaving the surface broken and open to infection. Try some nappy-free time each day to let air works its magic, and use a treating or preventative nappy cream at each nappy change.