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Your baby, 1 months


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1 months old 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 Old

Physical
  • 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

Intellectual
  • 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.

Emotional
  • 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

Age Appropriate Toys:
  • Rattles
  • Shakers and Chimes
  • Music toys
  • Shiny toys (foil works, too!)
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Mobiles
  • Moving toys


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*wyatts*mommy* - Thursday, 13 Mar
i moved over to month 2!! even though my boys are 4 months old as of today ....welll in exactl 1 hour and 29 minutes! lol

G7 - Thursday, 13 Mar
I have tried the gripe water - it is hard to say if it makes a difference for my little guy. I will try the massage - that is one of my favorite things...DH has been giving me a foot massage quite frequently because he feels bad that he can't do more with the babe.

rayansmama - Wednesday, 12 Mar
Have u tried giving him gripe water or gas drops. I give that to my son and he is usually good. Try giving him a massage with baby oil and massage his back...he will sleep through out the night.

G7 - Wednesday, 12 Mar
Shall we move to 2 months?

G7 - Wednesday, 12 Mar
So/rry I've been MIA. Had a sleepless night the other day - little guy would only sleep if being held and then only for max 45 min. because he had to poo/fart he was so uncomfortable and just wanted to be at the breast - unfortunately his pain made him chomp even harder than normal so the next day I was not only extremely tired but in so much pain....I don't think I'll ever get to bliss and I really hate that I take so much ibuprofen.

rayansmama - Sunday, 9 Mar
And as for sex....my husband wanted to start something but I was too traumatized to do anything. Doctor said it's ok now...but I'm gonna wait few more weeks. We haven't done it since November...I think we both fight because we aren't getting any....but we are working things out. It was my birthday on the 7th and DH got me a very. Expensive camera and surprised me. He apologized for being an ass most of the times...he is just stressed out from work and family. I guess we r still working things out...thingsr getting better

rayansmama - Sunday, 9 Mar
When I don't pump on the night, I feel so full and when I feed the baby, milk is spraying on his face, he bites down on my nipples and usually doesn't feed well when I am too full. I need to add a pumping session in the middle of the night. I just can't seem to find the energy to do so. Baby gained weight but not as much as I liked him to. He is the 33 percentile...how o I get him to drink more milk?

rayansmama - Sunday, 9 Mar
Hey g7...I'm still around..I know I haven't posted lately. It's been just crzy busy at my house. I can't seem to get any sleep!!! My boys are taking turns waking me up. If one sleeps, the other one wakes up..I just can't get their schedule to work out so everyone is asleep at the same time. Hamza likes being held so sometimes I just fall asleep on the rocking chair. I'm exhausted!!!

*wyatts*mommy* - Saturday, 8 Mar
hi everyone! g7 so glad to hear breastfeeding is going better for you! my guys are going to be 4 months old next week! time is flying by. colton is over his cough now hooray! on the sex topic i havent been in the mood at all lol we have only done it 2 times since august lol poor dh but the babies sleep in our room and im just so tired from nursing them i am the only one who wakes with them so no sleep = no sex haha

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Thursday, 6 Mar
Aahh.... Thats great G7 so happy that it went well and you got to sleep, your little man is so blessed to have you and your so blessed that your able to give him all that great milk good job. Well we went to the doctor too she got her vaccines poor baby she cried so much we had never heard her cry so much i did ask him about the cyanosis around her mouth he said to was pretty normal and thats what i had read so i wasnt to worried then i told him that sometimes when she breaths it sounds like if is sucking in air he said she has laryngomalacia and she should grow out of it and then she sometimes wakes up with a rash on her side of her face it ended up being heat rash, and we're from south texas i can imagine how shes going to be in the summer poor baby but with Gods help everything is going to be alright. Shes grown two inches and gained 3 1/2 pounds man they grow fast thank God i am able to stay with her other wise i would have missed it. Lets see how your little man does with the new position, take care and bug you later hope the rest of the ladies and their little ones are doing good

G7 - Thursday, 6 Mar
I went to my mom's house this afternoon, feed little guy then handed him over and got an hour and a half nap. OMG I'm so happy about that!

G7 - Thursday, 6 Mar
So le leche lady thinks that I have too much milk so when little guy latches on he is bombarded with milk causing him to clench to protect his airway. So I have to change my position to basically laying down with him on top of me - to keep the flow slower and then block feed which means do one breast for two feeds and then do the other breast for two feeds and self express to lessen the amount of milk before he feeds on a side for the first time. She says my nipples look better than they did last week so that is encouraging. I will take a break from all pumping until next week. Let's hope this gets us on the road to Bliss!!

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Wednesday, 5 Mar
I hope you have a good visit at la leche, and i wish you werent in so much pain, i wish you luck, and your a great mom for doing all this for your peanut my sweetpea gets her shots tomorrow and i plan to ask the doctor about the cyanosis. I keep thinking about the other ladies and hoping that they are all doing well. Good luck tomorrow and bug you later take care

G7 - Wednesday, 5 Mar
Wyatts - how is everything? Ryans - are you still there? How is it going? Sonia, we can switch whenever...

G7 - Wednesday, 5 Mar
So I have an appointment with the Le Leche leader tomorrow - Man I hope we can get this figured out. BF is controlling my life. By the time DH is home I'm at the end of my rope, I can't talk clearly or think clearly. I'm taking 600mg of ibuprofen about 3 times a day just to tolerate the pain - thank goodness it really helps.

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Tuesday, 4 Mar
Hey G7let me know when you switch to two months thanjs

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Tuesday, 4 Mar
G7- you gotta do what you feel is best for you, remember you said that to me. :-) and that was great advice, and i am so happy that your still able to give your little one breast milk, its the best and why not give your little one the best milk ever, anyway just do what you think is best everybody always has somethibg to say, your doing a great job! hope everybody else is doing good bug you later

G7 - Tuesday, 4 Mar
so this morning I bit the bullet and really went after the bleb- man that hurt hopefully it is cleared for good. one thing I discovered is that doing the moist hot compresses and massaging really makes for a good pump session. it's like a rain storm in the collecting tube! DH and MIL are really encouraging me to give bf up because they don't think I should be in pain but I just can't apparently it is an emotional issue for me.

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Monday, 3 Mar
G7-thanks i will let you know what the doctor says i read it is not normal but it happens because their circulatory is maturing but at least i will go in with some knowledge, as far as sex goes my husband and i just couldnt wait for the ok we just did it and it made my mouth water thats how grwat it was. Anyway to much info, but it did hurt some what but its gets better just take it slow, :-)

G7 - Monday, 3 Mar
Had my 6 week ob post-partum check up. I guess I can have sex again... does this scare anyone else? I've been having great dreams about having sex but still feeling a little traumatized from the birth (in my head not actual discomfort). I know DH has been eagerly awaiting this milestone - although there is no pressure from him. Anyways, I was just wondering if I'm being a freak??

G7 - Monday, 3 Mar
Sonia - I haven't seen that in my little one. I'd be interested in hearing what the doc says about it.

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Sunday, 2 Mar
Qiestion has any of your babies have had cyanosis around their mouth? Off and on and it doesnt last very long i was thinking it was caused because they have such a small trachea that if they have their head to forward it blocks it and its hard for them to breath not to worried but concerned have an appt.on wed for her first shots i guess i can ask thedoctor but just wanted some input from you guys, continue to pray for everybody

*wyatts*mommy* - Sunday, 2 Mar
Thanks everyone. He's doing ok so far. We have a ton of appointments this week for him. G7 I haven't used pumpin pals but I have heard good things about them! That's fantastic that you have been able to figure out some of your issues to help ease the pain. Has it gotten any easier yet? Rayans hope all is well for you too! Have things gotten any better?

rayansmama - Sunday, 2 Mar
I hope. Baby Colton is getting better!!! Lots of prayers ur way!!! Keep us posted, we are here for u wyattsmommy

G7 - Friday, 28 Feb
Colton, be strong. We are all pulling for you little guy. Feed off the amazing love and dedication of your mamma!

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