Baby Developmental Milestones: 1 Month Old

By the time your infant is 1 month old, as a parent, you will have become accustomed to the baby, and parents and baby are attuned to each other. Now beginning to interpret your infant’s cry, you are learning that your baby can be comforted in a variety of ways, such as through touch, a voice, or a smile. You know when to pick your baby up and when to feel confident that the crying will soon stop. You enjoy feeling close to your baby and are comfortable talking to your bay and holding, cuddling, and rocking him or her.

Your baby responds to your overtures. He or she fixes on a face or an object, following it with his or her eyes, and your baby responds to your voices. He or she shows some ability to console himself or herself, possibly by putting his or her fingers or hands in his or her mouth. Attentive parents learn to recognize the early indicators of your infant’s individual temperament. You know how to avoid over stimulating your baby and how to calm your baby down. You also understand that infants vary in their need for feeding, in terms of frequency and amount.

Physically, your baby displays good muscle tone, deep tendon reflexes, and primitive reflexes. His or her weight, length, and head circumference continue to increase along his or her expected growth curve. Frequency and consistency of stools vary, and many healthy babies strain and turn red when having a bowel movement. Constipation is signaled by a hard stool. Exclusively breastfed babies may have a variety of stool patterns.

Some babies develop the classic symptoms of colic, including pulling their legs into their abdomen. It is more common, however, for babies just to have a fussy period at the end of the day, when they cry to “sort themselves out.” In spite of your new responsibilities and periods of increased stress, you typically have gained enough self assurance in the first month to be able to enjoy your baby. Intermittent periods of anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy are normal.

It will help if each parent spends time alone away from the baby, and if the parents spend time together as well as with relatives or other important supportive figures. Parents with other children should give individual attention to each sibling. It is important that parents know to seek medical help if your baby does not “look right,” has a fever or diarrhea, refuses to feed, vomits excessively, sleeps too much, or is irritable. In addition, parents should know basic rules of injury prevention, such as using an infant safety seat in the car, keeping one hand on the baby when your baby is on a high surface, and never leaving your baby alone with young children or with pets.

Developmental Milestones For 1 Month Baby

  • Responds to sound by blinking, crying, quieting, changing respiration, or showing a startle response
  • Fixates on human face and follows with eyes
  • Responds to parent’s face and voice
  • Lifts head momentarily when in prone position
  • Has flexed posture
  • Moves all extremities
  • Can sleep for 3 or 4 hours at a time; can stay awake for 1 hour or longer
  • When crying, can be consoled most of the time by being spoken to or held

Development varies from child to child, so know that milestones are guidelines only. Trust your sense of how your 1 Month Old baby is doing. If you are worried, see your child’s healthcare provider and have them do a developmental screening.

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