Your Baby Development: 15 Weeks OldHow big is your baby? This week your baby will be weighing around 13 pounds and measuring 24 inches if he/she was of average size at birth. Your baby is constantly learning something new. When he/she is excited about something, he/she may jerk her arms and legs crazily to demonstrate his/her joy. He/She is not in total, so the actions will seem jerky and spastic. You may notice baby hold his/her legs, flex his/her feet and make bicycling, and splashing about in the bath tub. All these practices help him/her to develop the strength he/she will need in the coming months. A big accomplishment at this stage is your baby’s ability to roll over, or even just partially over. If baby is not rolling over completely yet, then he/she will master this in the next few weeks, usually in one direction. Your baby will enjoy being rocked and bounced. Receptors in the brain make this activity pleasurable. Whirl him/her securely in your arms
Baby Development Milestones This Week
- Turns head in all directions
- Splashes and plays in bath
- Has memory span of up to 7 seconds
Mental & Social Development
- Interested in mirror image, may smile at it
- Adjusts responses to different people.
- Ask your doctor to describe the procedures he or she performs on your baby.
- If tests are performed, ask about the results. When will they be available, do you need to come in to collect them etc.
- Ask questions about non medical issues, such as emotional development, discipline, learning and socialization for your baby
- Request any printed material which may be useful, or pamphlets and hand outs
- Ask your pediatrician if he she has any recommended reading.
- When you give your baby liquid medication, use a measuring spoon, a plastic medicine spoon or an oral syringe.
- Be sure that the measurement on the device you use is the same unit as the measurement needed.
- Give baby the correct amount of medicine, don’t confuse a T, or tbsp for tablespoon with a t, or tsp for table spoon.
- Store medication out of reach of children
- Don’t store medicine in a bathroom, as steam and moisture can effect the potency of the medication
- Don’t convert dosage. If it requires 2 tablespoons, then don’t try and convert to ounces.
- Don’t keep any old medications
- Don’t give medication to anyone other than the person it was prescribed for.
Babies love to look at faces, especially other babies. Don’t be surprised if your baby stares at another baby and then reaches out to push and poke him/her.
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