BY WHAT MEANS WILL YOUR 1-MONTH-OLD BABY SLEEP?
In the last few months of pregnancy, your baby could hear some background sounds while still in your wombs, such as music, your voice, or a vacuum cleaner. Now that your little one is born, they might find these familiar sounds soothing, sometimes turning their head towards the source of the sound; they'll also notice the gentle jingling of a small bell but wouldn't be able to home in on where the bell is. However, your baby will instinctively react to sudden noises with a 'startle reflex' by stiffening their body, blinking, reaching out with their arms and legs with fingers and toes splayed and sometimes crying.
YOUR 1-MONTH-OLD BABY AND FOOD
All your baby needs is milk for their first six months, and ideally, that should be breastmilk. If you're exclusively breastfeeding, your little one should have a daily vitamin D supplement (8.5 to 10 micrograms).
The average 1-month-old baby drinks about 660ml to 840ml of milk a day spread over seven to 10 feeds, according to Emma's diary.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR YOUR 1-MONTH-OLD BABY
Movement and head control
Your little one is unable to sit up alone, move around, or rollover at this young age. When lying on their back for a nappy change, you might notice that they keep their head to one side. If you place them on their tummy, they might try to lift their head at first, but they'll soon allow their head to turn to one side and bend their arms (elbows outwards) and legs with their bottom slightly sticking upwards. Their arm and leg movements are uncoordinated and jerky.
Your 1-month-old still has the basic reflex movements they had as a newborn (called 'primitive reflexes'). For example, if you touch their cheek near their mouth, they'll turn to try to suck your finger ('rooting reflex'); when held 'standing' on a hard surface, they'll press their feet down in a kind of walking pattern ('stepping reflex').
Right now, your little one has very little head control, so it is important to always support your baby's head and neck when carrying them and while feeding.
Sight, Hearing, and Awareness
Your baby is attracted to light and will stare at a sunny window or lamp, for example. If you hold your face or a bright toy about 20cm in front of their face, they'll focus on that and can follow slow movements in and out and side to side with their eyes. At this age, your little one finds it most comfortable to see high-contrast black-and-white toys.
In the last few months of pregnancy, your baby could hear some background sounds while still in your wombs, such as music, your voice, or a vacuum cleaner. Now that your little one is born, they might find these familiar sounds soothing, sometimes turning their head towards the source of the sound; they'll also notice the gentle jingling of a small bell but wouldn't be able to home in on where the bell is. However, your baby will instinctively react to sudden noises with a 'startle reflex' by stiffening their body, blinking, reaching out with their arms and legs with fingers and toes splayed, and sometimes crying.
Be Social, Passionate, and Interconnect
You'll be very much aware that your infant can cry, proceeding onward quickly to loud crying when eager or awkward! At this age, it's typical for children to weep for anything from 1 to 6 hours per day, yet this should settle down in half a month. On different occasions, when satisfied, they'll make little 'guttural' snorts and clamors.
Your little one, as of now, favors social contact to other improvements, so you will keep in touch with you, perceive your face close up, and quit crying when you get them or converse with them. You're now observing early indications of that exceptionally significant first grin.
WHAT ACTIVITIES AND BABY GAMES WILL HELP MY 1-MONTH-OLD DEVELOP?
Converse with your child about what's happening around them, for instance: Are you hungry? We should change your nappy. Do you need some milk?
Make infant commotions together to urge your little one to tune in and find out about turn-taking discussions
Make faces and keep in touch.
Give your infant some tummy time each day by putting them to lie on their front for a couple of brief minutes. Not all infants like this from the start, so perhaps lie with them and talk, sing or squirm a brilliant toy – one moment or two day by day helps fortify their back and shoulder muscles.
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