discovering a newborn's development stages is a real excitement :)
our babies' physical, social and emotional development is a thing of beauty and a source of pride. today, i want to write about 1 month old baby development.
first of all, you must accept that your baby will not be born with the same smoothness as you expect. although not valid for every baby, many infants' head anatomy may include swelling, eyebrow and forehead, redness, acne, nostrils, and swelling in the genitals and genitals. but the swelling of the genitals and the head may not always be normal. you shouldn't neglect to consult with your doctor. you should closely monitor your 1 month baby development.
the baby loses the excess fluid in the body as it comes to the world. so when he comes home, his weight may be just less than his birth weight. don't worry about it, 1-month infant gain weight in 10 days to 2 weeks.
the baby grows rapidly in the first two weeks. while the weight is increasing, the height grows. at the end of the 1-month period, the baby will grow approximately 4-5 cm.
the size of the baby's head circumference is important as the growth rate of the head shows the growth rate of the brain. both the brain and the skull of the baby grow rapidly in the first months. you should get information about the head development of your 1 month old from your health consultant.
the following are some of the normal reflexes seen in newborn babies:
the sucking reflex is a habit that the baby gains in the womb. you can observe that your baby turns his head and mouth in that direction when you put bottle, pacifier next to his cheek.
this moro reflex is also seen in the development of 1 month baby. it usually occurs if the baby's head suddenly changes position or is startled by s severe action. this reflex is an involuntary response to the excessive sensual stimulus.
one of the interesting reflexes is the tonic neck reflex. it occurs when the arm of the baby's head is rotated and the other arm bends. tonic neck reflex is activated as a result of turning the head to one side. as the head is turned, the arm and leg on the same side will extend while the opposite limbs bend.
another reflex is the stepping reflex. this reflex can be seen when a baby is held upright or when the baby's feet are touching the ground. they will attempt to walk by stepping their feet.
newborns pick up everything that touches or comes close to their palm. it's an indication that their nervous system is working correctly.
visual ability of 1 month old baby
of course, they start to see the time they are born, but in short distances!
in the first month, their vision is limited to 15 to 30 cm. but do not be sad; this distance is enough for them examine and recognize their mother when you breastfeed your baby.
let's answer the most frequently asked question; "how do newborns see?"
newborns see the objects blurry, but their vision improves with time.
newborns notice sharply colored objects better. therefore, to attract his attention, you should bring brightly colored objects into his view. this little tip is especially useful when you try to take a photograph of the little one.
he can follow the objects briefly when he moves them closer to his sight. but don't expect much, they still don't understand how their eyelids work, yet :)
hearing ability of 1 month old baby
while his vision may not be sufficiently developed yet, he is already sensitive to human voices. especially against your voice!
it is natural for a 1 month old baby to recognize the voice of her mother and react when she hears her voice, because she heard that voice most of the time in the womb. in order to comfort her, you should take this opportunity and talk to your baby.
when i was pregnant, i made my baby listen to mozart through my belly :) this piece worked great! below i shared the link. and from the time she was born, she soothed whenever she heard that song. so i strongly recommend you that you should make your baby listen to a lullaby through your belly when you are pregnant. but you should choose one special lullaby and make her listen to this lullaby through your pregnancy. i tried this and i can say it definetly works!!
in some cases, you may think that your baby does not react to external sounds. don't worry about it! the baby may be new, but he is used to hearing many voices in his womb such as the voices of the streets, tv sound, and it is natural that he should not react as if he heard those voices the first time. if you're concerned about the possibility of hearing loss, it's okay to consult your doctor.
1 month-old sense of smell
when the baby is born, the sense of smell is very well developed and he can recognize the smell of milk in a short time.
1 month baby sense of taste
you may be surprised with this information, but your newborn baby has more taste buds than you! so the baby can be picky against different flavors. this includes the heat of breast milk.
1 month baby's touching sense
the baby's ability to touch is well developed.
she likes smooth surfaces and doesn't like the feeling of different textured things toching on her skin. she can also feel pain and can react when touched.
mental development of 1 month old baby
the baby's brain produces 250,000 new brain cells per minute from pregnancy. when she is born, she has already produced almost all of the cells she will use during its life.
but this is just the beginning, as the baby grows and opens up into the new world, brain cells will begin to form synapses, and networks which will form the basis of many skills.
you might think that it's too early for you as a mother to contribute to brain development of your 1 month old, yet it's not too early to build a foundation on issues such as language development! if you talk to him often, even if you read aloud, you're taking very useful steps for language development.
the baby has some ways to get in touch with you. one of them is crying. why does a 1-month-old baby cry unless there is a health problem?
he needs a dipaer change
his outfit is not comfortable
the room is too hot or too cold.
he wants/needs your attention
he is sleepy but can't go to sleep without your help.
as you can see, the baby is trying to communicate with you! don't forget that crying is his only communication method!
there will also be some facial expressions used by your baby to communicate with you. for example, he could make eye contact with you and carefully examine your his mommy's face. if there is a light or sound that bothers him, he may turn his face away and close his eyes to show that he is uncomfortable. he cannot react by sounds yet, but can interpret his mommy's feelings the way his mommy looks at his face. so do not hesitate to show your love and affection to your 1 month old baby :)
social development of 1 month old baby
this first month, your baby's only social activity will be getting to know and bond with you. so there's a meaning in every feeding, every hug, or holding her when she cries! you create a bond between love and trust.
toys for 1 month old baby
don't say it is too early! even this month, there are some toys you can buy for your baby's development. he can now follow some objects for a while and attract attention to moving objects.
i suggest amigurumi objects as they are pure cotton and will attract your baby's attention wtih their shapes and colors.
to summarize the various answers given to the question of what the baby can do at the end of 1 month;
-he may raise his head briefly
-he can focus on your face thorugh the distance of 15-30 cm.
-she could start laughing
-he tries to suck his finger.
-she can smile back.
by the way, you need to know that your baby will be in a sleeping position for a long time in the first month.
i hope this was useful for you. if you have more to say on this, please write to help other moms :)