Baby’s Development – Week 29
Playing fun games like peek-a-boo and clap handies with mom and dad are important at this stage. Your baby is learning to become social, so try to introduce fun, sharing games so that he’ll be more inclined to play well with other children as he gets older.
Baby bedtime routines
Routines are a very important part of your baby’s life. Routines give a sense of stability, something babies thrive on. Probably the most important of all is the bed time routine. Get this right and bedtimes can be a breeze from very early on and can help to ensure you and your baby get a good night’s sleep.
A healthy snack before bed can really help to tide your baby over for a few uninterrupted hours of snoozing. Before bath time is a generally a good time to offer a healthy snack.
Even if your baby is too young to really comprehend what you’re reading, the soft sound of your hushed voice will act as the perfect transition from play time to snooze time. Reading to your baby is also a wonderful way to instil in him a love of books!
Baby-led weaning (BLW), sometimes called self-feeding, involves letting your baby choose finger foods right from the beginning of the weaning process, rather than starting with purées. Advocates of this method claim it promotes dexterity and hand-to-mouth skills. A recent study by psychologists at The University of Nottingham has shown that babies who are weaned using solid finger food are more likely to develop healthier food preferences than those who are spoon-fed puréed food.