Your baby: Week 21
Your baby has reached the delightful age when he enjoys socialising and will happily smile at or go to strangers.
While your baby undoubtedly has his own personality, behaviour patterns at this age can be learned through
positive reinforcement. This means rewarding him with regular hugs and kisses that boost his confidence and
sense of belonging.
Buying toys for your baby
Remember when buying toys or playing with your baby that he is learning through his senses - touch, smell, sight, sound
and putting everything into his mouth. These can be smooth plastic, rough towelling or sponge, squeaky, musical or a rattle.
Be sure that these toys don't have buttons, bows, pom-poms or anything that can come loose - otherwise your baby could
swallow or choke on them. Babies love repetitive games like peek-a-boo or looking at themselves in a mirror.
Strengthening your baby's muscles:
Strengthen your baby's back muscles by sitting him on the floor, leaning forwards onto a pillow supporting his tummy.
Encourage him to enjoy this position with a few toys to play with.
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