Baby Milestones At 1 Month – What To Expect

The experience of motherhood is an unparalleled voyage, as each child brings forth their own distinct characteristics and challenges. Consequently, every mother navigates a unique set of worries and considerations regarding her child’s development. Society places such intense scrutiny on baby milestones that mothers often find themselves grappling with the weight of comparison and expectation, questioning why their child may not be meeting these predefined markers. However, amidst this pressure, seldom are mothers provided with clear guidance on the specific milestones that their individual baby should strive for. It begs the question: shouldn’t the focus be on understanding and celebrating each child’s distinct journey rather than conforming to a uniform set of expectations?

Baby milestones for a 1-month-old baby:Baby Milestones at 1 month 02

I am sure every mother is curious about her baby milestones week by week. When your baby is a month old, here are some of the activities mothers can expect from babies at one month:

1. Response to sounds

Some babies have very strong reflexes, often displaying responsive reactions to both light and auditory stimuli. It’s typical for them to display heightened alertness and an inclination to respond to specific sounds. Additionally, they may demonstrate an inclination to over-identify certain distinct sounds, marking the beginnings of their cognitive development journey.

2. Head flops

If the neck is not supported (which should NEVER be the case), the head flops backward. Make sure that you are doing it right with how you hold your newborn.

3. Head movement

When positioned on their stomachs, some infants display a natural inclination to turn their heads from side to side. This movement is a common behavior observed in babies as they explore their physical capabilities and begin to develop their neck muscles.

4. Staring around

Yes, newborn baby eyes will start staring at familiar and unknown faces.

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5. Getting attracted to patterns

Newborn baby eyes tend to stare at black & white or high contrast patterns and they really love it! So encourage them by extending toys in such colors and patterns.Baby sleeping mat with patterns

6. The concept of following

Some babies follow objects and sounds.

7. Familiarization with the smell of mother’s breast milk

That’s correct! Babies also develop olfactics which means communicative actions associated with the sense of smell. Particularly towards sweet smell and mom’s milk.Mother feeding 1 month old baby

Disclaimer: Each baby is different from the other in terms of development mileposts. Don’t panic if your new born baby hasn’t shown all of the above one-month-markers. However, do speak to your pediatrician if he/she hasn’t achieved even one of these indicators.

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Author: Vaishali Sudan Sharma

Mom blogger, books lover, fan of new wave cinema, fond of jazz, lounge and classical music. Love to cook Indian & Italian cuisine.

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