Newborn Care: 1 month

Congratulations! You have a month-old baby! Your life with your new baby has started to take form! Hopefully, by now, you’ve started to put some systems in place in your day-to-day life. If not, here are a few tips for starting your baby on a consistent schedule.

Feeding

Your baby is likely eating around every 2-4 hours. A good rule of thumb is that in one day, babies often eat about 2 ½ ounces per pound of their weight at this age.

Sleeping

Around one month of age, your baby will start to sleep between some feedings at night. Most babies no longer need to be woken up to eat at night. Start considering what you would like a bedtime routine to look like for you and your family. When do you want to do a bath? Where you will read stories or sing a song before going to bed? Now is a good time to put your baby in his crib. Always place your baby on his back (not his side or stomach) to sleep in his own crib, and be sure to not have any loose items in the crib such as blankets or stuffed animals. Also, no bumpers. It is okay to swaddle your baby and put him on his back to sleep. You can also use a pacifier for naps and bedtime.

Milestones

Around this age you will see that your baby starts to respond to sounds by either startling, blinking, or crying. You should talk out loud to your baby when you are together because your baby will start to recognize your face and voice. Babies like to look at black and white or high contrast patterns around this age. Practice tummy time during the day while awake, so your baby can learn to lift his head up and turn it side-to-side. Babies at this age can lift their head momentarily when placed on their belly.  

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