The one-month milestone is pretty big for the little ones. As the months go on, babies get older and older and develop more and more. Sometimes it seems they grow overnight! There are certain things that moms can do with their little ones from the start and some things that they really shouldn’t do until they are one month or older.
A baby develops a lot in their first year; each month is essential to their development, which is why it is crucial to pay attention to children’s progress closely. If there are milestones that they are not meeting, those need to be addressed immediately, and parents should take precautions to help their kids meet those milestones. This is a list of things that parents need to start doing once their children reach the one-month age range because it will help them to achieve all of the targets that are a part of being a one-month-old baby.
Most of them have to do with helping the babies to develop naturally, but some are based explicitly on the care and keeping of parents, so as to be able to properly take care of the little ones. Development is super important and must be tracked closely!
20 Share A Photo—Or Fifty
The first and most important thing to do when your baby hits the one month mark is to document it. It was very uncommon back in the old days to record babies as much as we do now, but these days, parents take pictures daily at first. Many places such as Amazon sell milestone blankets that parents use to share monthly photos of their babies. This way our kids can look back and see what they look like at every new month in their first year of life—what kind of milestones they were hitting each month and how big they were—it’s something special to look back on.
19 Start Wearing The Baby
Wearing babies may sound strange, but it happens to be the easiest way to bond with a baby over time. It allows them to spend less time on their backs, which is not ideal for a baby, and it also gives you cuddle time while being able to be productive at the same time. According to BellyBelly, many people believe that wearing children gives them a sense of being spoiled because they are being held too often, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Babies that are worn close to mom or dad establish self-esteem, which is good for young children.
18 They Will Be Alert
Newborns’ schedules usually consist of sleeping, going number two, and eating. Once they hit the one-month milestone, they should be beginning be more alert and awake throughout the day. According to What to Expect, a one-month-old baby should be awake for at least 10 hours out of every 24 hour period. The hard part for parents is that although they are usually up for that many hours, it’s usually not during the day—those babies like to keep mom and dad up all night. Eventually a schedule will ensue but for now, sleep when they sleep—it helps!
17 Chowing Down
As a child grows, they will begin to take in more and more milk, which moms should be ready for. For those that are breastfeeding, it shouldn’t be an issue, but for those who provide nourishment through formula, they might find themselves needing to up their stockpile. According to Kids Health, babies will begin to drink more and more milk, and this will eventually lessen the number of feedings they have throughout the day since they will start to sleep longer at night as they start eating more. But there are going to be times in which babies seem to be eating more often, and that is probably due to the growth spurts that they will be going through.
16 Sleep Is Tough
Some parents can become nervous about the sleeping schedules of their kids, but it is important to remember that newborn babies are growing a lot from the day they are born, which means they are going to be sleeping a lot. Some little ones sleep from 18-19 hours a day. According to Kids Health, that first month is rough when it comes to sleep, because while they do sleep a lot, it’s not all at once, which can take a toll on parents who are often up all night taking care of them. After one month they should be starting to get themselves on a schedule, which will make things easier for mom and dad.
15 Get Ready For Some Smiles
Before one month, any facial expressions that newborns have are usually gas-related rather than actual emotion. Once they hit the one month mark, they are much more likely to start smiling and recognizing stimulation, according to Just the Facts Baby. At this point in their life, they can identify faces and objects, which allows them to react to them in the form of facial expressions. They should also be responding to sounds as well, especially mom or dad’s voices, which they probably heard a lot while in the womb. Although they are brand new, they will still react to many forms of stimulation which is why they should be stimulated all the time.
14 Colicky Cues Headed This Way
An infant crying can be a stressful situation, and it is crucial that all parents know the difference between a colic cry and a cry because of something such as hunger or a wet diaper. Colic usually starts between 1-2 months of age, and it’s when a child cries for more than three hours a day at least three days out of the week for three weeks or more. According to Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, having a colicky baby doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the baby—sometimes this just happens. Parents might want to talk to their doctors, but for the most part, this is a normal stage.
13 Establishing Eye Contact
Although babies seem as though they are making eye contact as soon as they are born, they really can’t see far, which means genuine eye contact doesn’t start until they are about a month old. According to Live Strong, it is imperative that parents pay attention to when their child initiates eye contact because although it is normal for them to not make eye contact right at the one month mark, they should be making some effort by at least three months. Not making eye contact is one of the leading signs of Autism in children, so parents should be watching for this milestone.
12 Bolstered Birth Size
Baby's size is an integral part of a baby’s development. If they are not gaining enough weight to meet their milestones each month, it could be because they aren’t eating enough or because there's some other issue going on. By one month of age, they should be starting to gain at least 1.5-2 pounds each month. It is around this time that they should begin to look chunky and should be beginning to make arms tired while they are being held. According to Parent’s Magazine, by six months old they should have doubled their birth size, which is why being on track for gaining each month is essential.
11 Immunizations Or No?
The topic of immunizations is a pretty big one—some parents are completely against them while others think they are necessary. If the parents decide to immunize their child, the one month mark would be the time to do it. There are some vaccines that they would get right at birth, but at one-month-old, they would be getting the second portion of the HBV vaccine. By two months old there is an even longer list of vaccines that they should receive if parents deem it necessary, but for the first month they only really need one. According to Kids Health, it is essential that parents ask questions about. Doctors want parents to be as updated as possible, and they can do this by asking questions when they have them.
10 Prepare For When They Start To Roll
When a child is first born, they will wiggle all about, but they will not start to roll over for a good while. It is crucial for parents to watch the cues that our children give because we don’t want to take the chance of them rolling off of something while we aren’t looking. Mom or dad can avoid this by noticing when their child is starting to seem as though they are going to roll over. It is perfectly reasonable for a child to roll over around 4-5 months, but as the years go on, babies are beginning to develop faster and faster, which includes rolling over earlier as well, according to Parent’s Magazine.
9 Time For Tummy Time
Tummy time is a chance for small babies to spend time on their bellies instead of their backs to strengthen their neck. At one month old they are not too strong yet, so tummy time shouldn’t be happening for too long, but for a few minutes, every couple of days would highly benefit a one-month-old. According to The Bump, not only does this activity strengthen their necks, but also their shoulders, and it also helps with motor skill development. It is normal for a child to cry about tummy time because they have no control over their head so being laid on their tummy might be kind of uncomfortable—try to help them through it for at least a few minutes!
8 Take Care Of Mama
A baby’s first month can be stressful for both mom and dad, which is why it is imperative that both parents are taking care of themselves. Usually, because moms are the ones who are breastfeeding, they spend a lot more time with the new baby, which means they are up all day and night. According to Baby Center, the best thing a mom can do to take care of herself is to set aside a little bit of time for alone time. When the baby is with dad for a few hours, it is essential that mom can relax and take care of herself to continue caring for the new baby full-time.
7 Nap When The Baby Naps
The problem with this statement is that at one month, a baby’s sleeping pattern is all over the place. They do sleep a lot, but it happens at random times—a few hours at night and a few hours throughout the day here and there. For the most part, they will only sleep a few minutes at a time, and their longer naps will take us by surprise, which makes it hard for us to nap. Although it may be in our interest to get them on a schedule for the first few months, it is necessary for them to sleep in the patterns that they are going to sleep in. According to Today’s Parent, the natural way is the best way with newborns.
6 Allow Dad To Help
When a mother gives birth, it is in our nature to feel like they have to do it all and become a super mom. For us to stay healthy—mentally and emotionally—we need to let the dad help out once in a while. Dad is perfectly capable of helping out with middle-of-the-night feedings, changing diapers, rocking baby as well as bathing to give mom a break. According to WebMD, not only is it essential to give dads a role for our health but also to allow dad and baby to bond just as much as mom and baby get to.
5 Play Time Kicks Into High Gear
Some parents overlook the importance of play time with a child—regardless of how old they are. At a young age, play stimulates a child, which is what they need for proper development. They begin to develop skills such as interpersonal skills, but it also helps them to grow in areas such as mental and physical development. It may seem strange to play with a one-month-old baby, but it is a great way to bond with our babies starting at a very young age, according to Brill Baby. Also, the more and more we play with our kids at a young age, the more they get to understand social cues such as our voices, smiling, etc.
4 Get Out Of The House With Baby Sometimes!
It’s not necessarily a good idea to take a newborn baby out of the house more than a few times a week; because they are so brand new, they can quickly catch a cold. Some moms feel as though it is a bad thing to go outside with a new baby, but the fresh air is perfect for them. Especially for babies that have jaundice, being outside in the sun for short amounts of time will work well for them. As reported by Health Direct, going outside with a premature baby might not be such a good idea, but healthy babies should be brought out of the house from time to time.
3 Your Baby Can Now Focus On Objects
For the most part, a young baby can only see a certain distance, but they can’t see far or focus on anything at first. Starting at one month, they can begin to focus on shapes that are close to them, but everything far away is still really blurry. But the more they grow, the better and better their eyesight becomes. According to Kids Health, it’s important for moms to try and get their kids to focus on objects at a young age to gauge where their vision is at. At this point their colour perception isn’t high yet either, so using bright colours to help them out is recommended.
2 The Senses Come Alive
An excellent way to stimulate the senses of a little one is to allow them to touch objects and hold them in their hands frequently. Give them different textures to hold, such as smooth blocks or a fluffy doll, a squishy toy, etc. This allows them to begin to distinguish between all of the different textures there are. Also, the more they are given objects to hold and play with, the stronger their grip and grasp will be earlier on. This will allow them to hold our hands and hold onto toys or objects as needed, according to Parents Magazine.
1 Treating Mom
Taking care of yourself is important, and doing activities or making time for you is also very important. Parents are always spending all of their time taking care of their child, but in reality, they need to be doing little things for themselves here and there as well—even if it’s just sitting down with a big plate of comfort food like spaghetti or mac n’ cheese. Self reports that there are a lot of other ways to keep up with our happiness, such as date night with the significant other or trying to nap as much as possible.
References: Amazon, Belly Belly, What To Expect, Kids Health, Just The Facts Baby, Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Live Strong, Parents Magazine, The Bump, Baby Center, Today’s Parent, WebMD, Brill Baby, Health Direct, Self