Peek-a-boo! By week 15, many babies will erupt into laughter when you surprise them with a funny noise or tickle their tummy. You might also witness their first roll over around this time. Every baby will reach their milestones at different times. You can encourage your baby’s healthy development by engaging in consistent routines and skill-building games.

Life With Your 15 Week Old Baby: Establishing a Consistent Routine

The baby likes it when things are familiar and on time. Mealtimes, which are still bottles or breast milk, and naps are a welcome routine. Your baby is starting to remember more things now, so when developing a routine, consistency is key. If they sleep well in their crib but are having trouble at daycare, try sending the same blanket and a few familiar toys to remind them of home. If the daycare staff can put them down for a nap at the same time that you do at home, it will also help.

Baby’s Health and Development at Week 15: Time to Laugh and Roll

For the last few weeks, your baby has been practicing push-ups and trying to roll around. All that practice rolling to one side and then the other is building up their strength enough to get them to roll over completely. It’s pretty common to witness their first roll over from tummy to back around 15 weeks. Once your baby realizes they can roll over, they will want to want to use this new skill as much as possible. Make sure to keep an eye on them, especially when they’re on the changing table and anywhere else they could roll off.

Your little one is becoming even more fun to be around because they want to show off that smile. Lots of giggles and laughs will escape their tiny mouth when you make silly faces and play with them. Stimulate those senses with songs, rhymes, and stories. Toys that make funny noises will also bring that smile out and encourage the baby to make their own.

If you’re worried at all about your child’s health and development, start taking notes and writing down questions to ask at the upcoming four-month check-up with your pediatrician.

Tips for New Parents: Reconnecting With Your Friends

These first three months have flown by, and you may have been so wrapped up in your baby that you haven't had time for your friends. It's time to start reconnecting with them and enjoy some adult conversation. If you're afraid you've forgotten how to talk to a person who can talk back to you, don't worry, it'll all come back to you. Here are a few ideas:

  • It's fine to talk about your baby, and it's easy because they’ve been your whole life for the last three months.
  • Ask what your friends have been doing. It'll be good for you to hear about what’s going on in their lives, and they will likely discuss topics that you can connect and empathize with.
  • Meet somewhere you can take your baby with you. The baby will entertain your friends and give you plenty to discuss.
  • You might be ready for a break from the baby. It’s okay to leave the little one for a few hours with their other parent or a sitter while you go out with your friends.

With so many changes happening, you and your baby should both be enjoying this time in your lives! Try to make the most of it and look forward to everything still to come.