Your Baby: Month 1
You’re back from the hospital, or you may have had a homebirth, and you’re feeling tender (and let’s be honest, a bit like you’ve been hit by a car!). It’s all consuming, overwhelming and incredible all at once - you’ve grown a whole human being and now the fun really starts!
They’re squishy, frog legged and still getting to know their new home outside of your uterus.
Generally, things are fairly simple right now - baby is sleeping a LOT of the time, giving you some respite. All they’re interested in, at the moment, is being fed, sleeping, getting their nappy changed and getting so many cuddles from you!
If you’re a new parent, in particular for the first time, getting used to your new normal can feel like a lot, so it’s important that you just focus on yourself and ensuring your baby is getting those basic needs - not much else matters right now.
It’s true what they say, it takes a village and this is the perfect time to ask family and friends to help you - this includes making dinner, cleaning up or something as simple as putting the laundry away, so you can have all the time you need, just you and your baby.
Babies are incredible. The skills they are born with, and that come so naturally make them amazing little things: the rooting reflex is one of the first, which is what allows them to find your breast or a bottle, the suckling reflex, which allows your baby to eat, the startle reflex which is an involuntary response to sudden noises or the feeling of falling (which is completely normal), and the Palmar reflex, which allows them to grip your finger so tightly!
It is completely natural for your newborn baby to lose weight in the first few days after birth, however it’s important you keep an eye on this in case they don’t maintain and surpass their birth weight, which is something that should happen around 2 weeks old.
Consult your midwife or health visitor if you have any concerns about your baby’s weight, particularly if you are breastfeeding and unsure of their milk intake.
Your newborn baby may be sleeping between 14 to 17 hours a day, waking at frequent intervals to be fed. On average, they may be sleeping around 16 hours per day, but please do remember that every baby is completely different and the amount of sleep that they get throughout a 24 hour period will vary.
If your baby is breastfed, feeding times tend to be around between every 1-2 hours and bottle fed is between every 3-4 hours. At such a young age, though, it’s better to feed on demand whenever your baby seems hungry, rather than set by schedule, as they will naturally create their own timetable for feeds, eventually!
Basic Baby Milestones at 1 Month:
Most babies at this age will be able to:
- Lift their little head briefly during tummy time (ensure this is always supervised)
- Focus on your face
- Bring their hands to their face
- Suck well
Half of babies at this age will:
- Respond to a loud noise in some way
Some babies this age will:
- Lift their head 45 degrees when on their front
- Vocalize in ways other than crying
- Smile in response to your smile