Your 15-Week-Old

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If you could see into your baby’s brain, you’d see thousands of synapses firing away. Every day, your baby learns something new, and therefore every day new connections are made. By fifteen weeks, babies are beginning to develop memory... Read more

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Have you ever felt jealous of your own baby? Don’t feel bad if you have. A lot of moms admit to feelings of jealousy toward their babies at one point or another. If you think about it, it’s really quite natural. For nine months, you... Read more

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Shoes at a young age are just decoration -- it's all for show if you ask me. Babies don't need them. Baby shoes are cute, but really, most of the time their feet are in their socks or sleepers. When they start to walk, they can have some shoes for... Read more

Your 15-Week-Old: Your Baby

If you could see into your baby’s brain, you’d see thousands of synapses firing away. Every day, your baby learns something new, and therefore every day new connections are made. By fifteen weeks, babies are beginning to develop memory – not just memories of Mom and Dad but of their environment, too. When your baby goes to Grandma’s house, he knows that it’s different from his usual surroundings. It doesn’t look or smell like home, and that may make him uneasy. When heading out with baby, bring along a familiar toy, blanket or lovey, to help him feel more comfortable. Given the amazing amount of brain development occurring now, it’s only natural to want to provide as much intellectual stimulation as possible. But constant entertainment isn’t necessary for brain growth. Just like the song says, all you need is love. Provide that nurturing environment. Touch your baby. Talk to her. Hold her. And don’t feel guilty– not one bit! – if you have to put her down for a while to get something done. Babies need quiet time too. They also need plenty of floor time. Before car seats, bouncy seats, and Bumbos, babies spent much more time either on the floor, in a playpen or in their parents’ arms. Now, it’s not uncommon for a baby to go from the car seat to the stroller (still strapped in) to the bouncy seat. The problem is that babies need freedom to fully develop their head, neck and trunk muscles. In fact, babies today are reaching some developmental milestones, such as rolling over, later than babies of years past, partly because today’s infants spend so much time strapped in. Expect your baby to protest if she hasn’t spent much time on the floor. Fifteen-week-old babies are beginning to show preferences, so if yours has been strapped in for too long, she’ll likely tell you! Keep tummy time short at first, and gradually work up to longer sessions. You can also try engaging your baby with a favorite toy.

Your Life

Have you ever felt jealous of your own baby? Don’t feel bad if you have. A lot of moms admit to feelings of jealousy toward their babies at one point or another. If you think about it, it’s really quite natural. For nine months, you were the star of the show. Everyone talked about you, asked about you and wanted to touch your belly. (OK, that part you probably could have done without!). But now that your baby is here, it’s all baby, all the time. Your child is now the one who’s growing and changing and you’re just, well, the diaper changer. But becoming a mother actually forces you to grow in amazing new ways. Nothing will ever challenge you, stress you, surprise you and inspire you like motherhood. Odds are, you’ve found depths of strength and courage that you didn’t know you possessed. (How else could you have survived those first sleepless months?) You may have even discovered a new passion or interest. Believe it or not, a lot of moms say they found their life path after having children. So what to do if you feel jealousy raising its ugly head? Take a moment to reflect. Journal, if that works for you. Try to figure out why you feel jealous, and then take steps to address that issue. If, for instance, you’re jealous of the attention your partner lavishes on the baby, tell him you’d love to spend more time with him. Taking active, positive steps will relieve the jealousy and help you move forward. If you have feelings of resentment or anger, and you can’t seem to resolve them, definitely talk with your obstetrician or pediatrician since these can be signs of post-partum depression.

Moms Like Me

Shoes at a young age are just decoration -- it's all for show if you ask me. Babies don't need them. Baby shoes are cute, but really, most of the time their feet are in their socks or sleepers. When they start to walk, they can have some shoes for outside, but many will argue that good ol' bare feet are best for new walkers! -- baby-sass

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