Baby’s Development – Week 19
At 19 weeks, your baby is becoming more energetic – and noisy! She is adding new sounds to her language repertoire and enjoys practising them over and over again. She may start to put words together like “baa baa” or “daa daa”. This doesn’t necessarily mean she’s calling dad, but is learning to put vowels with consonants. You can help her put meaning to words by pointing to your nose, eyes and so on.
Your baby's physical development is coming on at a pace. Her neck muscles are becoming stronger, which will help her as she tries to sit up. You can help her by gently pulling her into a sitting position. Her head should follow along with the rest of her body and her spine will straighten, allowing her to sit unsupported.
At this stage, your baby should be sleeping more at night and generally be more settled in the evening. You can help your baby to wind down before sleep by following a night-time routine, to ‘sequence’ your little one to slumber. You may like to feed her, give her a bath, put her into PJ’s, read her a book – before putting her down. This gives you both time to connect and de-stress before sleep.
Your baby’s development
Remember that all babies are unique and grow at their own pace. So try not to fret if your child takes a little longer to meet certain milestones. Of course, you can always speak to your GP or nurse if you are concerned about anything. Find out more here.