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Baby's Development First Month

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Posted on: September 5th, 2017by Ivana Stamenkovic

Your Baby’s Appearance at First Month of Life

Your newborn baby might not look as you expected. Newborns have soft, fuzzy hair everywhere - on their ears, shoulders, back… This hair is called lanugo, and it’s nothing you should worry about since it’ll eventually fall off. Also, their skin is full of acne - but not all blemishes on your baby’s skin are acne. Tiny white bumps are called milia and you don’t have to do anything about them - they’ll go away in first few weeks. Newborns might also have swollen breasts and genitals, due to the additional estrogen and fluid that your baby retains, but soon everything will return to normal.

Your Baby’s Growth at First Month of Life

It's perfectly normal for newborn babies to lose some of their weight during the first few days after they are born. They should be back up to their birth weight in the first two weeks. Newborns gain weight quickly, so don't be surprised if your baby gains about two pounds at the end of the first month.

Your Baby’s Motor Skills at First Month of Life

Babies are born with a few reflexes. Moro reflex causes a baby to make jerky movements when she hears a loud sound or suddenly loses support and gets the feeling she’s falling. Thanks to the walking/stepping reflex, your baby will make a few steps if you hold her upright, with her feet on a flat surface. And if you press a finger or any other object at your baby's palm, she'll make a fist and try to grab it. This is known as a palmar grasp reflex. When something gently touches baby's cheek, she'll automatically turn toward the touch, with her mouth open and this is called a ‘root reflex’. Similar to that is a sucking reflex - when baby automatically starts sucking her parent's finger or something similar that touches the root of her mouth.

Your Baby’s Senses at First Month of Life

The most developed sense at birth is touch. Your baby will enjoy in your touch, and she'll also try touching you. Other senses aren’t yet fully developed. Newborns have a fuzzy eyesight. They are also nearsighted (they see most clearly when objects are just 8 to 12 inches away) and they prefer looking at human faces or high-contrast objects. You might also notice that sometimes their eyes might cross when they try to focus, but that’s perfectly normal, too. But, you must have noticed that your baby can recognize your scent. And your voice, too! Newborns can recognize sounds they often heard when they were in the womb. They can also make a difference between sweet and bitter (they prefer sweet stuff, like breast milk or formula). So, it seems their senses are quite developed for such a tiny little person.

Your Baby’s Sleeping at First Month of Life

If you're lucky enough, you'll have the feeling that all your baby does is sleeping. Newborns sleep up to 15 or 16 hours a day. But they haven't learned the difference between the day and night, yet. To teach your baby that day is for play and night is for sleep, you should keep everything dark and quiet during the night.

Your Baby’s Eating at First Month of Life

And if she isn’t sleeping, your newborn baby is probably eating. Newborns who are breastfed eat about every two to three hours, while bottle-fed babies might eat every three to four hours. Some parents stick to a schedule, while others feed their baby on demand. A baby who has eaten enough has four to six wet diapers a day.

Your Baby’s Communication at First Month of Life

Babies communicate through crying. That's how they'll tell you whether they are hungry or sleepy, or if their diaper is wet or soiled. Eventually, you might learn how to distinguish types of cry, and you’ll discover the best ways to soothe your crying baby. Some babies like swaddling, others like rocking, but most of them feel secure when they are in your arms and close to your heart.

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