Mama, your one-month-old is perfect! But wondering, and sometimes worrying, about your baby's developmental milestones is also perfectly common. After all, you've only "known" your little one for a few weeks now!
Remember, every child is different—and that's a big part of the magic of parenting. Still, it is helpful to have a baseline understanding of a one-month-old baby's milestones. Then you can track developmental progress and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your baby's development.
Because while your baby may be the one working hard checking baby developmental milestones off the list, you've got a big role as their first teacher, coach and cheerleader. Along with a team of experts, we've got you.
One-month-old baby milestones
At one month old, your baby is still getting the hang of life "on the outside." Still in the thick of the fourth trimester, they are comforted by touch and your voice. In other words, keep the snuggles coming!
Here's what The American Academy of Pediatrics says about one-month-old baby milestones.
- One-month-old's vision extends to about eight to 12 inches in front of their face—an improvement since birth! They prefer black and white or high-contrast images. Don't worry if their eyes still cross.
- Your little one has been eavesdropping on conversations since they were in the womb. With fully developed hearing, they continue to like soothing voices—especially yours! They should respond to loud sounds.
- Your baby may not have much endurance during tummy time sessions yet, but keep at it! If they really are not into it, try laying them belly-down across your lap for modified tummy time.
- At one-month-old, your baby should be able to turn their head from side to side and has some neck control while held upright.
How to support your one-month-old baby’s development this month
Up for a little homework assignment, mama? Here are some one-month-old baby activities to support your cutie's development.
- Soothe your one-month-old baby by talking and singing to them. They don't mind if you ramble or sing off-key. They just love the sound of your voice.
- Play with your one-month-old baby by getting down on the ground with them during tummy time and "putting on a show" with toys held about one foot in front of them.
- Engage your one-month-old baby's senses by helping them feel different textures on toys.
It’s science: Babies benefit from touch
Right now, play time might look quite tame (or even sleepy) with your baby. However, they are learning constantly—and few things do more good for them than a loving cuddle or hug. As researchers have shown, newborns experience numerous health, cognitive and developmental benefits from touch.
You're probably still getting the hang of the daily routine with your newest addition in the house. So take it from us and don't put too much pressure on yourself (or your baby) when it comes to working on their milestones. Try for some regular tummy time, talk with them plenty and lavish them with cuddles—and we promise you'll be on the right track!
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