23 Week Old Baby Development

Stop the presses—baby is on the move! But your milk supply? Find out why it might be slowing down.

  • 23 Week Old Baby Milestones 👶

    Now that your little one is comfortable moving her body (is she rolling all over the place?!), you may begin to see her using the large muscles in her arms and legs to begin the motion of moving forward or even backwards! (Don’t fret: This is totally normal, and she will figure out that forward motion in due time.) Here are some of the different stages of crawling:

    • The “Classic” crawl: Baby uses alternating hands and knees to move it, move it
    • The “Crab” crawl: Bending one knee, she stretches out the other leg to scoot forward
    • The “Army” crawl: Laying flat on her belly, she uses her arms to move herself forward
    • The “Roly Poly” crawl: Who needs to crawl when baby can roll to where he needs to go

    If you’re interested in seeing the different stages of crawling, check out this post with bonus videos of my two older kids’ many failed attempts at crawling… and then success.

    All of that gross motor development may be accompanied by some exciting leaps in the social development department, too. You may notice that when he is on the floor, he may reach his arms upward, a sign that he wants to be picked up. Remember to acknowledge your little one when this happens (even if you are unable to pick them up in that moment!). The more you communicate with him, the more he will understand that his requests are being heard (not to mention you’ll benefit his brain development by this simple interaction).

    A mama only has so many hands—don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do make dinner, answer the phone, and pick baby up!

    23 week old baby Charlotte Elise Mama Natural Baby Tracker

    Reader photo of 23 week old baby Charlotte Elise.

  • You at 23 Weeks Postpartum 👩

    You’re almost at the 6-month mark on your breastfeeding journey—hooray! Some mamas find that at this point they’ve lost most, or all, of their baby weight—strictly from breastfeeding. However, there are many mamas who find that they actually gain weight breastfeeding. Just like pregnancy, the many different hormones that come along with breastfeeding will affect every woman differently.

    A hormone called prolactin remains high during the first six months and can cause women to hold onto fat, rather than burn it. Some studies show that the lack of sleep during the first few months can also cause adrenal fatigue, affecting your stress levels, blood sugar levels, and your metabolism.

    No matter if you’re a mama who loses weight or gains it, continue eating a healthy breastfeeding diet with plenty of hydration to keep your milk supply up for your little one.

    It’s also worth noting that some mamas—particularly those who are away from their babies during the day—may experience a drop in milk supply around this time. Here are some things you can try to give your supply a little boost:

    • Incorporate galactagogues into your diet—think whole grains, Brewer’s Yeast, fenugreek, Mother’s Milk tea, and my lactation cookies
    • Replace pump parts—with regular use, they should be replaced every three months
    • Try power pumping twice per day for three days

    Learn more about how to boost your milk supply

    Try not to stress, which can make actually inhibit milk production. Do what you can to give your supply a little boost, and know that many moms experience small hiccups in production but still go on to breastfeed well past the age of one.

  • Genevieve’s Week 23 Postpartum Update 🌞

  • 23 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
    Baby-Led… What?

    Baby Week to Week 23 Mama Natural

    Baby getting his greens in.

    As the baby of four children, I was done with fancy high chairs and gadgets by the time my son came along. From birth, he sat in my lap during family meals—he has watched me eat for many months. So I knew he was ready to try solid food when he would start mimicking the same oral movements as chewing. Thanks to my mom tribe, I was vaguely familiar with baby-led weaning and didn’t need to do much research. I simply offered bites off my plate—potato, Brussels sprouts, green beans, bananas, chicken breast…you name it! If it was on my plate, baby could taste it (within reason, of course!). I used common sense, skipping anything crunchy, like seeds or raw carrots, that couldn’t be mashed between gums or dissolve. As his physical development progressed and he could keep his core off the ground when moving around on the floor, or get himself into sitting and standing, I brought out the booster seat. Baby will now sit at the table and use his own dexterity and speed to feed himself. He eats steamed peas, carrots, sweet potato chunks, broccoli, cauliflower, sliced bananas, pears—all the same foods you would find in a jar, only not pureed.

    It’s so low key and makes my life so much easier. I don’t have to pack jars of food and snacks. Whatever I’m eating, baby can eat. Plus, I know he’s getting a nutritious, well-rounded meal.

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