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  • Baby Loves Looking At You! 6 Baby Milestones To Expect From Your 1 Month Old

    This month is the start of your child’s rapid growth and development.
    by Kaydee Dela Buena .
Baby Loves Looking At You! 6 Baby Milestones To Expect From Your 1 Month Old
PHOTO BY (FROM LEFT) Courtesy of Bije Domingo Lupango, Rhona DP
  • The weeks after delivery are a time for adjustment for both baby and parents. While there may be some sleepless nights, the days are usually marked as well with joy, excitement, and wonder as you get to know your baby.

    The first month is a relatively calm period wherein you, the parents, settle into the groove of your baby’s daily routine: feeding, sleeping, changing diapers, etc. But this month is also the start of your child’s rapid growth and development. They’ll start to coo and babble and engage more with you and other people!

    What to expect during baby’s first month

    Here are the 1 month baby milestones to look forward to. Remember that developmental milestones are not fixed points that all kids hit — some babies will reach them early while others might achieve it at a later time.

    Physical development 

    Babies at one month often ball their fists and place them in their mouths.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Avee Cudia Ramos
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     1. Baby balls their fists and places them in their mouth.

    At this time, your baby is learning and gaining more motor control. Their arm and leg movements may be jerky. But soon enough, they’ll move their limbs and hands more smoothly.

    You may notice as well that they often ball their fists and place them in their mouths. They may even suck on their fists and little fingers to self-soothe.

    2. Baby moves head from side to side

    When it comes to tummy time, your baby will move their head from side to side and will follow the sound of loud noises. Whether on the floor or being carried, they will need additional support as they gain neck strength. Always place your hands on their backs and necks when carrying them.

    3. Baby exhibits stronger reflexes

    As they fidget, expect stronger reflex movements as well. You may also notice that your baby will prefer softer textures like blankets and stuffed toys over coarser ones.

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    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

    • Your baby rarely moves their arms and legs, or their limbs seems stiff
    • Your baby’s movements seem floppy and loose

    Cognitive development

    Baby loves looking at you, moms and dads!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Bije Domingo Lupango

    1. Baby will respond to familiar sounds and voices

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    As they become more alert and aware of their surroundings, your baby’s eyes may wander and respond to certain sounds – whether it’s to their name or to a familiar voice. At this time, their sense of hearing is fully mature and functional, and so it’s highly encouraged that you sing and talk to them often.

    2. Baby is beginning to recognize shapes and patterns, and likes looking at faces

    With their vision improving, you’ll notice that they light up and enjoy “talking” to other people. At this this time, they can also see high contrast patterns, though their sight is more attuned to black and white patterns.

    You baby can now focus on objects and faces that are around 8 to 12 inches away. At times, their eyes may cross, but this is not necessarily something to worry about.

    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

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    •   You baby does not respond to loud sounds.
    •   Their jaw trembles even when they’re not crying.
    •   When hit with bright light, they don’t blink.
    •   They’re unable to focus and follow an object when you move it from side to side.

    Feeding

    Baby recognizes the smell of their mother’s breast milk

    Yes, they recognize your scent, including your milk!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rhona DP
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    Pediatricians encourage mothers to breastfeed their children up to 6 months. Interestingly, babies at just 1 month old already can recognize their mother’s scent and her breastmilk, which helps them to latch on more easily.

    Though they are not able to eat/ drink anything else other than breastmilk, your baby’s sense of smell is now more attuned to sweet smells and they turn away from bitter or acidic odors.

    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

    • Your baby is latching poorly
    • They have difficulty eating or are slow to feed

    In the first few months of their life, you baby will grow rapidly in all aspects – physically, cognitively, socially, and more, so it’s important to note of their developmental milestones. With the aforementioned list, you can see the progress you baby is making.

    However, remember that this list of 1 month baby milestones only serves as a guide. Each child is different and they develop at their own pace. For any concerns about their growth, health,  and development, consult your pediatrician.

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    Photos were submitted by moms from our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village. Click here for a list of developmental milestones you can expect from your growing child.

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