Your Baby's 15th Week of Life

Fun Activity

Now that your baby is showing an interest in objects around her, you might be drawn to the toy stores. Remember that she isn't yet aware what cartoon character is popular, so just about anything will please her. You might even make your own playthings -- from plastic containers, paper towel cardboard tubes or fabric. Avoid materials small enough for your baby to swallow or toys that are otherwise harmful to her. You also will want to have toys that are easy to wash -- either in the washing machine or by hand.

Safety Alert

When purchasing a toy, make sure it is age-appropriate for your child. Also, read all instructions and make sure you understand them. Make sure to throw away the plastic wrapping and other packaging that could be harmful. A baby's toys should not have sharp edges to threaten little fingers, contain small parts able to be swallowed or produce loud noises damaging to the ears. Watch out for hidden hazards, such as wire in stuffed animals, lead paint on older wooden toys and long cords on toys. Crib gyms should be removed when your baby can get up on her hands and knees.

Fact of the Week

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, as reported in the November 1998 issue of Parents Magazine, parental smoking is the cause of $4.6 billion in medical costs each year for children under 17. Nearly 15,000 babies younger than 18 months are put in the hospital each year due to respiratory infections linked to smoke.

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