If you think a lot is changing for you this month, consider your newborn. She was born wrinkly, her vision was blurry and her hearing muffled. By the end of the month, she'll be better at everything and feeling more and more at home.
Baby Development: Month One
- Some of your baby's first movements will be reflexes, like a sucking reflex
- Your newborn can respond to your voice, and stares at your face for increasing periods of time
- After one month, your baby can begin to follow or “track” an object with her eyes, although this is not fully developed yet
- Your baby's hearing is muffled at first
- After one month, your baby may begin to gain better neck control and, when on her tummy, can lift her head a couple inches for a few seconds
- Your baby may sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day
An Amazing Month
If you think a lot is changing for you this month, consider your newborn. She was born wrinkly and covered only in fluid. Her vision was blurry and her hearing muffled, but she recognizes your body scent and voice intonation patterns. Her main activities for these first few weeks will be sleeping (12-20 hours a day), eating (every 3-4 hours), crying and making involuntary reflexes. By the end of the month, she'll be better at everything and feeling more and more at home.
Relax with My Mommy
Your baby can sense your presence and may relax when she is in your arms and gently rocked. And why not? You two were inseparable for nine months. She loves your face, your smell, and the sound of your voice. She'll stare at you, and seem to listen when you talk. Chat to her when you're alone, and cuddle and sing to her whenever you can.
Getting Stronger Every Day
An average newborn gains about two-thirds of an ounce a day. To fuel all that growth, they start to take in more milk with each feeding. Her spontaneous kicks and stretches are toning her tiny muscles. If you put her on her tummy during playtime, she'll soon start to pick her head up for a few seconds as she gains better neck control.
A Fuzzy, Shadowy World
She can't see the world the way you do yet, but her vision has already improved from birth. This month, she'll be attracted to high-contrast patterns and bright colors. Shadows, black-and-white photos, human faces and special toys for young babies will capture her visual interest. Soon she'll be able to follow an object as it moves. Try it. Just be careful not to overstimulate her; you want her to start learning about day and night.
Baby Games: Month One
Change Her Worldview
Try holding her against your chest, facing over your shoulder. Support her head gently but firmly.
Imitate Her Actions
When she's quiet and alert, watch to see what she does, then do it back to her.