Babies 1st month


Finally the baby is here! Baby's first month is particularly exciting. Even though the new earthling spends most of his time eating and sleeping, nature has a great program for newborn development in the first month. Your child will communicate with you, show the first reflexes and build an emotional bond with you. Read here, which surprises babies hold for you first month.

  1. Bodily development
  2. Spiritual development
  3. Playfully promote
  4. At the pediatrician
  5. Tips for parents

Babies 1st month

Finally outside mom's stomach! It is a tremendous achievement for newborns to adapt to the world "outside." One of the most important developments in Baby's first month is building social bonds - with parents and other important people around them. This partly happens before the birth. And with a bit of luck you can watch the first smile of your child in the first month of life.

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Babies 1st month - physical development

Newborns grow very fast. Nevertheless, they lose weight after birth first. No reason to worry! These are mainly the amniotic fluid stored in the skin. In addition, the intestine empties from the first chair.

When the greatest weight loss between the fourth and sixth days of life is overcome, neonatal development progresses steadily in the first month. In order to get enough fat, babies take up to 200 grams a week for the first month. But also the body length and the circumference of the head increase rapidly. In the first month, babies grow on average by five centimeters. The head circumference increases by about three centimeters.

Motor skills and reflexes

Newborns are reflex beings. The reflexes serve to protect the little newcomer. Some can be observed before the birth in the ultrasound. For example, when the offspring in the belly lolls cheerfully on the thumb and so demonstrates the sucking reflex.

In the first month, the baby has the following reflexes:

sucking reflex: The baby embraces the nipple with the lips and creates a negative pressure by pulling back the tongue.

rooting reflex: Touch the cheek of the newborn, immediately turn it in the appropriate direction. With mouth wide open, it searches for the food source.

Moro reflex: This reflex know most of the newly baked parents, because he keeps little babies happy. If your baby is frightened and wakes up or tries to put it down in the baby crib, it jerks its arms out sideways. This "claw reflex" ensures in the animal kingdom that the offspring can hold on to the mother animal.

grasp reflex: Everything that touches the palms, the tots automatically close the hands. Even a one-month-old baby can firmly enclose objects or fingers.

shouts reflex: No sooner is the baby in the world, it wants to start marching. Behind it lies the crotch reflex. If the newborn is held under the shoulders and feels it under the feet a solid ground, it starts to "run" ahead.

Babies first month is gross unsightly motor gross. Newborns lie as they are bedded. They barely move from the spot. The beginning of fine motor actions is the gripping reflex, which evolves to the targeted grasping.

The development of the senses

Babies are already born with a developed sense of smell, taste, touch and hearing. However, they can not look that good. In the next few months, the view becomes much clearer. A baby in the first month already responds to external stimuli and can turn to them. A rattle or a bell on his ear attracts his attention.

The sense of balance is fully functional thanks to the responsible part in the inner ear. Already in babies first month the sense of temperature is pronounced. If it is too cold, babies react with an increased urge to move and fidget. In addition, infants respond to touch. How differentiated they perceive, however, experts have not yet agreed.

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Babies 1st month - mental development

A baby in the first month can already remember things and even take an expectation. Although neonatal development is still in its infancy in the first month, the offspring have an emotional memory. Simple thought processes are not - as previously believed - tied to language skills. Your baby will perceive more in the first month than you might expect.

Emotional development

Your baby will benefit most from having a loving, safe environment in the first month. You create the first social structure for your child, in which it can mature into an emotionally stable person.

Even newborns show basic emotions like:

  • curiosity
  • Wellbeing and discomfort
  • scare
  • disgust

Your child automatically turns to the reference person he feels most comfortable with. If it's supposed to be somewhere else, it's crying and screaming. Whether mom, dad or grandma: The most important caregiver plays a prominent role in neonatal development in the first month. It is the constant in the completely new world of the child.

Close body contact is important in babies first month. Experts have found that cuddling has a stress-reducing effect on the offspring. In premature babies you can observe this particularly well. Tight body contact decreases heart rate and vital brain regions become active.

Social development and communication

"Bonding" is the magic word in Baby's first month. Thus, the structure of the parent-child relationship succeeds from the beginning. The focus is on cuddling. In fact, the first hour after birth is significant. The newborn then looks particularly alert and receptive. Hospitals, midwives, and physicians promote bonding in babies first month by encouraging the baby to be put on the chest soon after birth.

It does not matter if you already have a milk injection - close body contact counts. Fathers are not excluded. They too can make their band to the young from the beginning. For this, the baby should have as much skin contact with the dad as possible in the first month.

They create the first social structures for the offspring and take your child into the pack, so to speak. Even if your baby is barely a month old, you are already interacting with it. Not always does this behavior happen consciously.

Parents show offspring an exaggerated gesture and facial expressions. They emphasize sounds especially strongly or change the tone of voice. "Duzi, duzi" - instinctively starts a program that lets us "talk" with babies. This benefits a baby in the first month.

The development in babies first month provides little active contact. However, there is a reward for the efforts of the parents - the first smile. In Babys first month, it smiles the so-called reflex smile or, lovingly expressed, Angel smile. Even if this happens involuntarily, especially often during sleep, it enchants the parents.

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Babies 1st month - so playfully promote your child

A baby in the first month spends most of his time eating and sleeping. Nevertheless, it has short periods of awakening in which you can interact with it. Since your baby is surrounded by so many new sensations in the first month, less is more.

Train attentionKeep eye contact and talk softly to promote your baby's concentration and attention. By the way, it learns to distinguish your voice from the ambient sounds.

Train agility: A soft rattle or bell can be heard from different directions. Your baby will turn his head and exercise his mobility.

Arouse body sensation: Gently stroke the various parts of the body to improve your baby's body feeling in the first month.