From the day you have your baby at home with you everything changes it can be magical and you might feel overwhelmed, but you might also find it hard. As weeks go by you should be able to get yourself in to a routine and adjust to your new life with baby. You might start getting comfortable again but remember newborns change very quickly so let’s not get too comfortable. Baby may like to keep you on your toes for the first 5 to 8 weeks. To try and help you cover these milestones for a baby of 1 month and try to help you cover things like feeding time and sleeping time. Babies will also develop their senses and motor skills.
On average babies gain 1.5 to 2 lbs in weight in the first month and about 1 to 1.5 inches in length. You should have a health check-up for your baby where your health care provider will look at your 1-month old baby’s head circumference, weight length and put these in your baby growth chart. Your baby will go through growth spurts from time to time also babies head grows faster than there body so if babies head is a bit bigger than their body not to panic its perfectly normal and will soon catch up and remember everyone’s baby grows at a different pace.
As you probably already know babies struggle to lift their own head so they will need support you may notice they kick stretch and move their own legs when they are doing this it helps strengthen their leg muscles and helps them to get ready for the rolling over stage which should happen from 4 months to 6 months but still be careful as young babies can still roll on the odd occasion. Its best to not leave a baby unattended on a change table or anything like that. To encourage this, you can give your baby tummy time they can practice trying to lift their heads and move their arms and legs which will help build their muscles.
From the moment baby wakes they are slowly taking in their surroundings; the sounds, smells and sights. A newborn baby’s vision is quite fuzzy but within their first month their focus will get a bit better, but they won’t be able to see far. A baby can only see around 30cm, so for baby to see your facial expressions you might want to lean in close. They will soon be able to track movements in front of their eyes and start to reach for objects in front of theirs within the next month.
Communicating through crying
When your baby cries it is to tell you something is wrong as that is their only way of communicating at this stage, for example if they need their nappy changed, if they are cold or too hot, tired or need to be cuddled or need feeding. If baby does need feeding, then reach for your personalised baby bibs and give baby a good feed. Sometimes babies’ cries can help you figure out what is needed, for example if baby is trying to tell you they are upset it may sound choppy or if baby is trying to tell you they are hungry it may sound low pitched and short. When your baby is bored, they may cry until you show them something new then the crying may stop. You might also see babies first smile this month as well, which should help you understand the communicating.
Here are tips to help you with your baby’s development. I hope you find it helpful.
Your baby trusting you makes them feel warm and safe which will allow them to reach their full potential.
Talking with your baby
If your baby does the cooing sounds and gurgling sound and smiles, you should respond to them by smiling and using facial expressions as well as words. Your baby will learn to imitate you so doing this early on is good for development.
Cuddling your baby as much as possible is a great way for you both to bond. Cuddling baby that is wrapped in a beautiful personalised baby blanket also just adds to the whole experience… 😉
By moving your baby’s legs like she is riding a bike and moving her hands to clap is also good for their development.
To help your baby see use things like a baby mobile or baby toys that have bright lights and contrasting colours and patterns.