One Month Visit
One month olds are increasingly more aware of the world around them. They response to faces, smiles, and voices, and start reaching out their hands.
Your baby will go through changes during the coming months than at any other time in his/her life. Some key developments during this time will transform your baby from a totally dependent newborn into a responsive, loving human being.
- Smiling: the very first image a baby can perceive in the human face. As family members smile and coo at the baby, the sense of self and connection is taking form.
- Visual Tracking: at the end of the second month, baby's vision is coordinated enough to follow an object horizontally and vertically. Once this skill is mastered, he or she will prefer moving objects over stationary ones.
- 3. Seeing Color: a baby can perceive color at birth and often are drawn to bright colors. Infants like the large swatches of color at a modern art museum. They also will be drawn to a grandmother with a vivid red blouse.
- Contrasts: sharp contrasts, and black and white shapes are easier for a baby to perceive. Initially, babies often seem to be looking at their parents "eyebrows", instead of directly in the eye. This is because of the focal point of their vision, but also because of the contrast.
- Localizing Sound: infants will quiet when stimulated with sound, especially the parent's voice. He/she can place sound and follow traveling sound with his/her eyes and body.
- Grasping: hands gradually unclench and become a source of fascinations and sucking gratification. Babies also like to have their hands and feet stroked.
Discovery Play Ideas
Use play during the coming months to strengthen your relationship with your baby. He/she will spend much time practicing his/her new abillities.
- Baby Massage: even the youngest newborn loves skin-to-skin contact. Holding and touching provide important cues to a new baby that he/she is protected, loved and cared for. It can stimulate or calm a baby, and provide an opportunity to share special time with your baby.
- Balance: provide balance stimulation for the baby as follows...
- Rock in your arm/rocking chair.
- Swing in infant chair
- Rock in cradle
- Ride in stroller
- Lifting from sitting or lying position
- Lay on stomach on a large inflatable ball and rock back and forth and side to side.
- Do baby sit-ups and stand-ups (do smoothing and slowly, supporting the head and neck until the baby has strength to keep head in line with baby)
- Reward him/her with smiles and funny expressions and talk to him/her through your joint activities.
- Talk to and sing to your baby.
- Read a magazine or newspaper aloud. Watch TV with the baby. Babies are often soothed by the droning sounds of baseball/football and hockey games. Parents can hold the baby on their shoulders during a televised games and sing out the scores or sing along with the commercials.
Introduction to Sleep Training
At a month of age, the area of the brain involved in diurnal cycles, the supranuclear chiasm, starts to 'light up'. Now is the time for parents to start introducing the idea of "bedtime". Try putting the baby down in his/her bassinet with a smile and a lullaby. As the baby starts to fuss, gently pat him/her You can lay the baby on a cotton 'burp pad'. This will have the fragrance of the mother's milk, and will act as an olfactory cue to the baby that it's bedtime.
- Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are a must. When traveling to relatives, if you don't have a carbon monoxide detector, sleep with the window cracked open. Be especially careful about vacation houses with erratic heating systems and insufficiently drafted wood burning stoves.
- Don't drive sleep deprived.
- Don't overheat the baby. If the baby is bundled up for the cold, and then put in a car seat - unzip the baby's jacket as the car warms up to let out heat. A baby can not regulate his/her temperature as well. This also applies to space heaters. If an infant is dressed for 75 degrees and the room temperature rises to the 90s in the night - the baby can get overheated.
- Changing tables: even though a baby doesn't role over yet, they can sometimes 'hop' when they cry. Keep a hand on them at all times.
- When holding a swaddled baby, keep a hold of a baby's knee when walking around the house and up/down stairs. If you fall, your reflex will be to grab the baby against your chest.
- Don't put an infant seat on a small table...A common occurrence is a young child tilting the infant seat off the table to look at the new baby.
- Carbon Dioxide Rebreathing: Don't let a baby sleep on the tummy, or in any position where they can fall into a crevice. For example, if a baby falls sleep on a father's chest and falls into the crevice formed between the father's body and back of the cough - the baby can be trapped in a pocket of carbon dioxide. This can decrease respiratory drive and lead to SIDS.
- Fire Safety Parents of newborns are notoriously sleep deprived. Don't fall asleep with the dryer on or the stove on. Many parents have fallen sleep sterilizing bottles and woken up with the smell of burning plastic. When visiting relatives, rehearse in your mind how to unlatch doors/windows and get out of the bedroom in the event of a fire and you're disoriented. Bring your own flashlight in the event of a power outage.
- An impromtu fire escape for babies/young children: Get a duffel or strong laundry bag and fireproof rope. Knot the rope every foot and tie it securely through the top of the duffel bag. In the event of a fire, and you have to get out of a window without a fire escape, tie the free end of the rope to a radiator or piece of plumbing, and put young children in the duffel bag. Lower them to the ground and climb down yourself.
1 Month Visit