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Your world is now your baby’s world, too.
Your baby’s world right now
Listen closely. He's communicating with you.
Your baby’s nutrition
Feeding shouldn’t be a frenzy. For either of you.
Tips for easing into this new ritual:
- Feed him frequently, in small amounts. A newborn is not very hungry the first two or three days.
- Learn to recognize "ready to feed" signals, including lip smacking, tongue movement, and eye fluttering. Crying is a late signal for hunger.
- Talk softly to your baby during feedings to help him recognize your voice and associate it with nourishment.
Your baby’s development
A month full of firsts: seeing, hearing, touching.
He generally likes sounds that change, such as your voice or music, but might react negatively to loud sounds. His hearing is well developed, but he will not yet look for the source of the sound. When startled by a noise, he might cry, stiffen his body and legs, or thrust his arms outward and pull them back to his chest.
His early reflexes are very basic. Grasping lets him reach for rattles or your fingers, but not hold on to them. Yawning gets lots of air in his little lungs. Rooting helps him open his mouth and find the nipple for feeding. Pulling back signals pain or injury. Sneezing clears the nasal passages. Turning his head to one side helps open his airway if his breathing is blocked.
Things to think about now
The word on sleep: The nights are getting longer. (YAY!)
Have questions about SIDS?
Learn about SIDS at the American Academy of Pediatrics.