Your Baby at 1 Month

 Thinking Skills

  • Makes eye contact for five to ten seconds; quiets to stare at a face. Will look at his mother's face longer than at a stranger's face.
  • Focuses his attention on one quiet activity; shuts out the rest.
  • movement of his arms and legs.
  • Distinguishes his mother's voice from a stranger's. Quiets to hear soft music, singing or talking.
  • Soothes when swaddled in blanket; being rocked and patted; sucking; hearing monotonous, swooshing noise.

Emotional Development

  • Reflexive smile during drowsiness or sleeping, accompanied by the rapid eye movements of dreaming.
  • Adjusts body posture to cuddle into person holding her.
  • Sucking reflex: Sucks on anything placed in her mouth in hopes of food or to soothe herself.
  • Rooting reflex: In search of food, opens mouth and turns head toward the side where her cheek is stroked.
  • Responds positively to comforting actions and cries loudly during painful activity. Often fusses through bath time.
  • Feeds every two to three hours and may sleep three to four hours between nighttime feedings. May spit up after feeding because cardiac sphincter valve at top of stomach does not close tightly until baby is walking.
  • When two to three weeks old, usually develops fussy crying for a few hours every evening. Eats seven to ten times and has about eight naps over 24 hours. There's usually no regular pattern of eating and sleeping yet.

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