Your Baby's Fourth Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Happy one-month birthday. As your baby approaches the end of his first month, he may turn toward familiar voices or sounds, such as those of his parents and even the bark of the family dog. If your baby doesn't seem to react to noises that you think he should, it may just be that he's used to your dog barking wildly at the postman or car doors being shut outside his window. However, if you have a persisting concern about his hearing, check with his health care provider.

You may be ready to take your baby out with you at this time. If you do, dress him as you would dress yourself. He should tell you (through crying) whether he's uncomfortable and you can feel his tummy or the nape of his neck to tell if he's cold. Don't rely on your baby's hands or his feet, as his immature circulation system is the reason they may seem chilly. If it's smack in the middle of the cold and flu season, you might want to avoid indoor crowds for just a while longer.

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