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Your baby's milestone markers: 0-1 month

<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">Stay on top of your child's development with these milestone markers!<br /></font>
Physical Development
  • Can lift head and move it from side to side
  • Head initially flops when held in a sitting position; can hold head in line with back by end of the month
  • Reflexively controls arm, leg, and hand movements
  • Sleeps between 19 and 20 hours a day
  • Feeds around eight times a day
  • Moves bowels regularly and periodically
  • Swallows and roots by reflex
  • Gets startled spontaneously
  • Hands are usually fisted, or are slightly open
  • Thrusts arms and legs when playing
  • Starts rolling partly from her back to side by end of the month
  • Eyesight is still rather fuzzy, as babies are born nearsighted; sees things best when they are about eight to 10 inches away

Cognitive and Mental Development
  • Can distinguish between light and dark; blinks at bright lights whether eyes are closed or not
  • Sees black-and-white patterns
  • Is sensitive to the direction of sound
  • Can distinguish volume and pitch of sounds, likes high-toned voices
  • Detects sweet and bitter tastes; prefers sweet already (and recognizes the sweet taste of Mommy‚Äôs breast milk, too)
  • May root for breast, even when not breastfeeding
  • Recognizes the smell of Mommy and her milk
  • Turns head away if she smells something unpleasant
  • Cries for assistance
  • Quiets when she is picked up or held, when she sees faces, as a response to firm, steady pressure, or when she is spoken to gently
  • May stop sucking to look at something
  • Shuts out disturbing stimuli by sleeping
  • Expression is mostly vague and impassive during waking hours

Social and Emotional Development

  • Responds positively to gentle, loving, and soothing voices
  • Can exhibit excitement and distress
  • Tries to focus on human face or voice, eventually starts staring at faces
  • May clutch at a person holding her
  • Begins to make eye contact
  • In later weeks, adjusts posture to body of person holding her

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