Your baby is one month old! She can now lift her head for short periods of time and move it from side to side. Remember that tummy time is play time. To prevent SIDS, she should be put on her back to sleep. When she is on her tummy, be sure you are supervising to be sure she is picking her face up to breath.
Baby still prefers the human face to other shapes, so give her something to smile about. Make silly faces and sing to her. You’re still a blur from a distance, so hold baby close to your face when playing. She is now able to follow objects with her eyes, especially her mom on the move.
Your little one has little control over her limbs, but has started making jerky arm movements. At least she is starting to notice she has arms and feet. Encourage her by pulling up her arms for her and playing a game.
Baby thrives on skin-to-skin contact, so nursing is ideal. If you are not nursing, hold and touch her often. Let her lie on your naked chest and feel your heartbeat. It will remind her of the sounds of the womb.
Baby will begin to smile and coo, especially when she sees familiar faces. If your baby is overstimulated or understimulated, she will cry. For every 10 hours, baby is alert for one hour. Use that time to play peek-a-boo games with her. Also, talk and sing to her. She remembers your voice more than anyone’s from her days in the womb. A lullaby CD or Baby Einstein’s Baby Mozart is wonderful stimulation for your 1-month old.
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This should be used as a general guideline and is for general information and educational purposes only. Please remember that all babies develop at different rates. If you have questions about your baby's development, please contact your Pediatrician.