During the second month of life, your baby may be settling into a routine. You have both had time to recover from the birth and are getting to know each other well. You might still feel overwhelmed and stressed at times, and that is normal.
Your baby's movements are becoming smoother and less jerky. Although he can hold his head up briefly, he still needs your support. While on her tummy, your baby can probably hold her head up slightly. Continue to lay her on her belly for tummy time throughout the day. Babies like to look at different patterns, colors and textures as their eyesight is improving. Because your baby may be rolling over in one direction, it is imperative that you do not ever leave your little one unattended. Even if she has not rolled over yet, one day she will surprise you!
You will be rewarded for all of your dedication this month with smiles of appreciation. Your baby is beginning to smile socially and likes when you smile back at him. Your baby likes to see you excited and the more you interact with him, the more fun he will be for you. Praise your baby for learning a new skill and show him he makes you proud! Some babies begin to coo-make the same sounds back to him. Play cooing games with your baby to help him develop language skills.
Babies have a strong desire to suck and sometimes feeding does not meet their need. Encourage your baby to suck on a fist, hand or pacifier to learn to soothe themselves. Many babies suck on their thumbs or hands before they are even born. Often times, babies enjoy sucking on pacifiers. Be careful not to overuse them and never tie them aorund the baby's neck.
While crying is totally normal, some babies will develop colic. Colic occurs when a baby continuously cries and can not be comforted. Continue to comfort your baby the best you can and ask for suggestions from the doctor. Medication may be necessary. Accept help from others and take the time for yourself that you deserve and need. While it can be challenging and tiresome, colic usually settles down around 3-4 months. Babies need caregivers to be patient, gentle and attentive.
Babies hands have unclenched and will remain open most of the time now. Encourage your baby to reach for objects and grasp ahold of them. Let your baby experience different sizes, colors and textures to optimize learning.
Your baby will be getting his first series of shots at this time. It is very important that you have your child immunized against serious diseases. Not only is it important for your child's health, it is critical for the well-being of the community. Giving your baby tylenol before he receives his shots will decrease the pain. Vaccines do have some risks and side effects, but are much less severe than the actual disease.
Your baby may be going a bit longer in between feedings. Most breastfed babies can go about 3 hours in between each feeding and bottlefed babies are feeding closer to every 4 hours. You may have been told that if you add solids or cereal to baby's bottle, they will sleep better. This may be tempting, but it should not be done. Breastmilk or formula should be the only source of nutrition at this time. Babies at this age are still to young to start on solids.
Continue to play with your baby and teach her about the world around her. Set her on your lap facing outwards so that she can see more. Talk to your baby, sing to your baby and tell her all about what you are doing. Babies love to listen and this is how they learn. During playtime, sit her so that she is facing you. Stick your tongue out and see what she does. Babble back and forth. Make sure that you read to your baby. Babies do not necessarily care what you read to them, they just like hearing your voice and seeing the brightly colored pictures.
Developmental Milestones 1 Month OldPhysical
- Your baby can hold her head up for short periods of time.
- Some babies can turn their heads from side to side while laying down.
- Babies will hold gazes for longer periods of time.
- Eyes can track objects
- Grasp-your baby is equipped with a reflex that will allow him to grasp ahold of your finger or another small object
- Your baby is discovering that he has hands and feet. Hold her arms above his head and ask , `How big is baby?` You can also count his toes and play this little piggy.
- Your baby may gurgle, coo, grunt and hum to show her feelings. Coo and gurgle back and talk to her face to face.
- Some babies may squeal and laugh.
- Recognizes parents and will calm down when he hears the parents voices.
- Your baby listens to and enjoys music. Use her awake times to stimulate her sensory development. Sing to her and play music. Vary what your baby hears.
- Your baby will start sleeping for longer periods of time during the night and begin to stay awake more during the day.
Age Appropriate Toys:
- Your baby is soothed by sucking. Babies need to suck and a pacifier may work wonders in helping your baby calm herself now.
- Shows a preference for parents vs. strangers
- May smile when they see a parent or familiar face
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- Shakers and Chimes
- Music toys
- Shiny toys (foil works, too!)
- Unbreakable mirrors
- Moving toys
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- Sunday, 19 May
Hi girls, love reading everyones updates! Yay super, awesome that you can smooch your little man:) I think Eliza is joining the reflux gang:S From birth we have had lots of projectile vomiting and spit ups. Now Eliza is chucking every feed and crying her eyes out with pain in the tummy, not even the dummy will help! I can not believe the amount of outfits and wash cloths we go through in one day!! As for me...I got over mastitis and now have nipple/breast thrush, ooooh my, it's like someone has put electrodes on my bb's shooting vaults of electricity through them, seriously NOT fun! Mummymonty...it definitely feels like groundhog day in this household, I can't even think of going out!...I'd have to pack several changes of clothes for baby and myself...aww. I wish I could invite all you girls over to my place for a lunch date instead! Well, I hope you're all getting lots of lovely sunshine...it's seriously grey, dark and cold 'down under' I hope the Winter days pass quickly!super 7
- Wednesday, 15 May
@babyhip-thank you and wow millie is gaining weight nicely well done mama:) and benji has a lil eczema too around his eye lids,TODAY BENJI HAD HIS 6WK IMMS YAY SO HAPPY I FINALLY CAN KISS MY SON SUCH A GREAT MOMENT BUT POOR HIM GETTING JABBED TWICE LOL hope you and your babies all doing well :)BabyHipkissNo2
- Monday, 13 May
Oh yeah health visitor came yesterday and weighed her and she is now 10lb 4 oz (she was 7lb 11 born) makes my eyes water thinking some ladies give birth to babies weighing more than my 6 week old! BabyHipkissNo2
- Monday, 13 May
Yay super for being able to kiss your baby on Thursday, can't imagine how hard it must have been for you. Millie has got either eczema or very dry skin on her face and ears. Even her little eye lids were swollen yesterday poor baby. Got 6 week post natal check at doctors Thursday so will ask about it then. super 7
- Monday, 13 May
hi ladies hope you and your beautiful babies keeping well :)benjamin had his firtst plunket visit and is gaining wait really well,his birth weight was 9pounds7oz was weighed last weds he was 9pounds14oz and today hes 10pounds 1oz,so happy he's also pretty tall 59cm in length and 38.5cm height,he also has his immunizations on thurs so can't wait to finally kiss my baby yay :)BabyHipkissNo2
- Saturday, 11 May
Lai and super the thought of splitting stitches makes me cringe! michaela that's good cant wait to take millie swimming. She loves the bath so hopefully will like swimming too! Mummymonty you are not alone... i feel I'm always telling darcey off at the moment bless her...she goes nursery 1 and half days a week though so its not too bad. Iv also just started taking herto a group at local sure start centre too, which gets us out and about...maybe you could look into some local toddler groups? mummymonty
- Friday, 10 May
Hello ladies. Hope you are all well. So much been happening with you all since I last posted. Hope all the bubbas with reflux get better soon. We're not sure if Abigail may have it. Just using infacol at the moment. And she gets so full of wind! She cries so hard she sounds like a baby lamb. So sad to hear. My DD turned two last Sunday. She is proper driving me nuts. Feeling pretty down and like its ground hog day every day. Was so looking forward to being at home with the kids but not enjoying it at all right now. Please God this will pass quickly!! Need to feel normal again! Anyone else feeling like this or is it just because of my toddler? X
- Thursday, 9 May
My little man had his 6 week assessment today. He has put on 4lb 4oz since birth...think I'm producing chocolate milk! I took him to the swimming pool yesterday, thought he would scream but he loved it! super 7
- Wednesday, 8 May
@babyhip- thank you yes im so happy my hubby is okay and doing well,was such a hard day for me yesterday,@lai- good to hear your feeling much better and i so know what you mean about almost ripping your stitches,when i had my cesar i would cough so hard and felt like i was about to rip oouch!i am so counting down the days till i get benjamin immunized and can give him a big kiss:)LaianaandAlaiahsmommy
- Wednesday, 8 May
Hi lovely ladies I am doing much better had a rough couple days I sneezed one day & almost ripped stitches out 😢 was so painful...doing much better today & I go have stitches removed tomorrow. We are blessed Alaiah doesn't have reflux, Lai had it so bad I wasn't able to feed her she has to be put on soy milk so hope your feelings work out for you also with Lai after her feeding we sat her straight up for about 30 mins afterward do she wouldn't throw everything up...I can't believe how fast our babies are growing Alaiah is 7 weeks now & the light of our life...super hope the time goes by fast I can't imagine not kissing my baby it has to be hard on you! Hope everyone continues to do well xoxoBabyHipkissNo2
- Tuesday, 7 May
Super so glad hubby is ok and yay Benjamin is putting on weight. Abi and Michaela I feel for you and hope the reflux stops soon even though I don't really know what it is. Its 4am here and Millie is just up having her first feed since 10pm. :) super 7
- Tuesday, 7 May
just had m/w visit and benjami8n is doing well and hes gaining weight really well he last weighed 9pounds8oz and that was last weds and today he is now 9pounds14oz which is really good yay now waiting to hear if all went well with my hubby,YAY MY HUBBY IS DOING WELL PRAISE GOD!CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM YAY!!super 7
- Tuesday, 7 May
@babyhipkis- yes it's been so hard not to want to kiss him:(hope you and millie doing well:),this morning my hubby has gone to hospital to get a cardioversion(shock his heart back to it's normal rythum) done so im a blubering mess at home waiting to hear if all went well:( also waiting on my last m/w visit this morning too hopefully benjamin is putting on weight nicely!abi-uk
- Tuesday, 7 May
Hi everyone. It's just gone 7pm here so i'm laying on my side in bed feeding Emily for bedtime :) Fingers crossed but tge gaviscon seems to be making her happier during the day....til 4pm anyway as then she just screams until i can put her on me!!! Michaela i also mix the gaviscon with a bit of hand expressed breast milk as Emily really dislikes the stuff :) Really hope your little mans reflux settles down forvyou soon.x I am thinking about trying infacol before a feed too?? Will see what health visitor thinks tomorrow as she is coming to do our little girls 2 year check and weigh Emily.michaela
- Tuesday, 7 May
abi I know what you are going through...my little man has reflux, and is on Gaviscon and I am breastfeeding...bibs are no use, we use towels! I mix the gaviscon in a bit of expressed milk which he takes better than when it was mixed in water. My daughter also had reflux, didn't settle until she was 13 months, hopefully this time it settles quicker! BabyHipkissNo2
- Monday, 6 May
Dec hope your feeling better. I love the baby smiles. Millie has the biggest smile ever. Lai hope you are feeling better also. I feel sad that Millie is probably our last. I would like a third and final baby, but hubby is very against a third...maybe I'll ask in a year or so. Super7 I bet that has been awful not being able to kiss Benjamin...can't believe you still have the cough I bet it's driving you mad!!! Abi I hope Emilys reflux eases for you. I have now put Millie in her cot and she is sleeping really well. Wish I was still breast feeding - only got to do it for a week and was really enjoying it ;( Millie got used to the bottle whilst I was in hospital so refused to take the breast when I came out. Feel a bit sad about it, but oh well. Does anyone else's baby just sleep literally all day? Millie wakes for a few hours in the evening and once at night and that's about it! Dec Baby
- Sunday, 5 May
Hi Abi...yep doing fine here, thankfully I was able to avoid the dr.'s:) Aww Abi, I had my 4th girl @ 32 weeks and she developed reflux when she was about 4-6 weeks old, it was seriously such a stressful time for us...trying to get her weight up and keeping her from throwing up all her feeds! We almost did the bottle thing too! In the end I was really glad that I stuck it out, but totally get it if you do decide to bottle feed! My milk supply eventually got better! We used gaviscon too! Back then they recommended that we feed her in a more up right position?!...anyhow, I hope little Emily will grow out of it fast! So glad you're hanging out here:))super 7
- Sunday, 5 May
@abi-thank you i can't wait!,and wow emily is 9wks already going by so fast!!hope her reflux goes away soon x,benjamin is on breast milk and formula cos i felt he wasn't getting enough milk from my breasts,i think that's the best decision ive made cos he's doing so much better and so much stress lifted from me especially having 6 other boys who need me too :)abi-uk
- Sunday, 5 May
Hi ladies :) laianasandAlaiahsmommy hope you are ok after having your tubes tied. Hugs to you.xxx Super 7 yay for being able to kiss your Benjamin soon :) Dec baby how you feeling now??x BbyHipKiss Emily also wants to be constantly held and i do bring hervinto our bed at 2.30-3 depending when she wakes in the night!! I should have moved to 2 months as Emily is now 9 weeks! Weighed on thursday and she us now 6lb 15oz...she also has reflux so is now on gaviscon! So tempted today to put her on bottles :( Makes me sad as i know i would only do it for ease :( Hope you are all well.xxxxsuper 7
- Saturday, 4 May
@lai- really feel for ya as benjamin is our last too:(benjamin will be 5wks on friday so can't wait till he is 6wks to get immunised so that me and my hubby and kids can finally kiss him due to me having the whooping cough we were told not too kiss him,hope you ladies and your beautiful babies keeping well xLaianaandAlaiahsmommy
- Saturday, 4 May
Hi ladies I been down lately I had my tubes tied Thursday so no more babies for us....it's kinda sad but if we ever feel the need for another baby theirs plenty that need to be adopted....Alaiah is a joy she is now 8.14 & she's starting to get the smiles down a lil bit & she seems to be fighting her sleep already she will fight us bad! I can't believe that but she is good with new people holding her which I was slightly worried since Lai didn't like anyone new to hold her glad that everyone's babies are doing well...!Dec Baby
- Friday, 3 May
Awww...I'm pretty sure I have mastitis! Left bb is sooo sore, bad head ache and starting to feel a bit like I have the flu:S I'm going to give it one more day and if I'm not improving I'll go to the Dr.'s! I hate having to make another app. in an already very busy household!
On a brighter note...Eliza gave me her first smile, awww it just melts my heart when she gives us a beautiful big grin:))) rbaby3...I hate immunisations too...I try to breast feed while they do the injection and that helps give the baby some extra comfort! My last baby didn't even cry for his first few immunisations:) BabyHipkissNo2...mine loves to be cuddled too...she likes to feed and then be cuddled or rocked to sleep! I don't think it's spoiling them, our babies are still so little and need that comfort:) abi-uk...Emily is so tiny, but nice that you can enjoy having a little one:) My big girl just had her 3 week weigh in and she is now 10.1 lb...she is growing way too fast:( rbaby3
- Friday, 3 May
My baby is 8 weeks today! :) Love when he smiles, it makes up for everything: not getting enough sleep and being busy all the the time. My baby loves baths, so I gave him bath almost everyday. Weather is finally getting warm, so I take him outside. Seems that it tires him or something because after that he sleeps so good, wouldnt even get up to eat &and I end up feeding him & changing him in his sleep. Its almost his vasination time,ah I wish they didnt give all those shots to our tiny babies, it breaks my heart just thinking about it:(BabyHipkissNo2
- Tuesday, 30 Apr
Hi AbI and lai come to join you.,,my baby is growing fast ;( abi I love the smiles...Millie has started smiling although not on demand yet. She is starting to get really fussy and likes to be held all the time and at night likes to come in our bed (if we let her) anyone else's baby getting like this? Hubby says I'm spoiling her keep picking her up, but don't pick her up that much abi-uk
- Thursday, 25 Apr
Awwwwwww Emily finally yot the hang of smiling today :) 8 weeks tomorrow but 4 weeks corrected.xx Shevis hard work as just wants to feed....lots....or should i say comfort on mummy!!! LaianaandAlaiahsmommy our Emily knows my voice and searches for me if someone else has her. If she doesn't want others to uold her she screams til she gets me back! Cute but wish she would settle for others! Still only sleeping 3 hour stints at night too.x