You’ve been caring for your baby for one whole month now – a time which has probably flown by faster than you realize. You’ve had to make many adjustments to your daily routine and are probably still adapting to the changes one must make when caring for a baby.
It can be easy to doubt yourself when your baby is 1 month old, and you may be asking yourself questions like: What is the average baby weight of a 1-month old baby? What is their baby feeding schedule? How far can a 1-month baby see? All these questions, and more, are answered in this article.
Baby Development by Month: First Month
The first month of your baby’s life in the outside world will have predominantly consisted of crying, eating, sleeping, and pooping. The amount of time spent doing each of these things can vary depending on the day, and the baby. As your baby gets older, their feeding, sleeping, and toilet schedules will continue to change.
Average Baby Weight and Physical Changes
The average baby weight of a 1-month old boy is around 10 pounds for a boy and 9.2 pounds for a girl. This is subject to variation depending on the baby. As long as your child is developing healthily, their weight is largely irrelevant at this stage. The average length of a 1-month old baby is 21.5 inches (~55 cm) for a boy, and 21.25 inches (~54 cm) for a girl. During the next month, your baby is also likely to undergo a growth spurt.
When your baby is 1-month old, their head will flop if not supported. It is important, therefore, to keep their neck and head in a stable position when holding them. You will probably notice your baby staring a lot at this stage, too, as it begins to make sense of the weird and wonderful shapes in the outside world – they will especially be attracted to high contrast objects.
Baby Movement Milestones
Babies lack coordination when they are 1 month old, and their limb movements will be jerky and awkward. Your baby’s movements will largely be based around their primitive reflexes, such as grasping, sucking, and startled responses.
Baby Vision Development
If you’re wondering what your baby can see at 1-month old, the answer is not very much. At this stage, their vision is near sighted and they will only see distant objects as a blurry haze. If an object is held at a close distance (around 20 cm), they may be able to focus and follow it if it is moved slowly.
Yet, as with all the senses, eyesight development will happen at different rates for different babies, so you shouldn’t be concerned if your baby is seemingly not able to focus on a specific object. Their color vision, too, is still developing, meaning that they will likely only detect bright colors.
Baby Hearing Development
Hearing is an important sense for a 1-month old baby. Their aural skills have been developing since they were in the womb, where they learned to recognize different voices and the beat of their mother’s heart. Your voice will be comforting to them at this stage, so try to soothe them by talking to them as much as possible – you can even your own “conversation” in baby language if they respond to your voice.
Many different sounds will stimulate your baby when they are 1-month old. In addition to talking to them, try playing a variety of different music styles and keep them near when you are doing everyday tasks (such as cooking), as they will be intrigued by these regular sounds of life.
Baby Sense of Smell Development
As with hearing, a baby’s sense of smell is crucial at this stage of life. What they smell will be linked to their taste. They are getting used to the different smells of the world and will be particularly intrigued by strong smells. This can, however, interfere with their feeding schedule, so it is a good idea not to expose your child to strong aromas while nursing as it may interfere with how much they eat.
One Month Baby Diet and Feeding Schedule
Knowing how much to feed a 1-month old baby may seem like an overwhelming task. It’s best, however, to take cues from your baby and deed on demand. At this stage, your baby will give you visual or audible clues when they are hungry, such as licking their lips, opening their mouths, being fussy, and sucking on things. If you’re having trouble detecting any of these cues, though, just keep in mind that a 1-month old should eat every 2 to 3 hours (around 8 to 12 times a day).
In terms of their diet – a 1-month old baby can be fully sated from breastmilk and/or baby formulas. Some mothers also take supplements to enhance their nutritional makeup, but this should be discussed with a medical professional first.
Baby Sleep Schedule
A 1-month old baby should sleep between 14 to 17 hours per day, typically in sessions of 2 or 3 hours. It’s highly unlikely that your baby will sleep throughout the whole night at this stage, though they may sleep for a slightly longer increment of up to 4 hours. These sessions will increase as your baby gets older.
How to Change Baby Sleep Schedule
It is not advised to change your baby’s sleep schedule when they are 1-month old. Parents should follow their baby’s lead as to when and how long they should sleep for.
It is, however, possible to prepare your baby for the cycle of the day. When they wake up during the night, it is important to maintain a quiet environment and soften the volume of your voice – this will teach your baby that the night is a time for rest and quiet. The opposite is true for the daytime, and you should stimulate your baby’s senses slightly to indicate that the day is a time for action and alertness.
Baby Emotional Development Milestones: First Month
At 1-month old, your baby will convey their emotions through crying, whimpering, grunting, and restlessness. Sometimes, babies will even cry for up to 6 hours per day.
Your baby’s emotional capabilities, however, are still quite limited in the first month. Starting from next month, it will begin to develop at an alarming rate, though, and soon your baby will be able to communicate through facial expressions and posture.
Baby Daily Routine at Month One
A daily routine for your one-month old baby may be hard to nail down specifically, but you can follow a general guideline to help stay on track. A typical day for a 1-month-old baby might look like this:
- Feed, play, nap, feed.
- Play, sleep, feed.
- Sleep, feed, play, wash, story time.
- Feed, bedtime. Feed and sleep as necessary throughout the night.
It may seem simple and, to some extent, it is. That’s not to say it will be easy, but as long as your baby is well fed, rested, bathed, and has sufficient time for emotional bonding, you will be doing a great job in caring for your 1-month-old baby.
Common Symptoms: Is My Baby Healthy?
Caring for a baby so young can be daunting, and the smallest ailment may feel like the end of the world. You can never be too careful, though, when it comes to looking after your one month old. The following are a few symptoms to be aware of, and what they might indicate.
Detecting constipation in a child can be difficult for a 1-month old baby, particularly if the baby is breastfed. A breastfed baby can go days without a bowel movement, whereas a formula fed baby will typically poop 2 times a day. This can vary greatly depending on the baby, but there a few things to look out for if you are worried that your baby is constipated. You should consult medical advice if your baby:
- Has hard stools.
- Has black or bloody stools.
- Has difficulty with bowel movements or appears uncomfortable during them.
- Doesn’t have a bowel movement at least once every 5 days.
It is important to remember that going a few days without bowel movements is perfectly normal for breastfed babies, and it doesn’t automatically indicate constipation. If your baby is formula fed, however, they may benefit from trying a different formula.
Coughing is a normal symptom for a 1-month old baby and is usually not something to worry about. If it persists, however, or sounds abnormally intense, you may need to seek medical advice. A dry cough may indicate that your baby has a cold or allergies, and coughing helps clear sore throat irritation. A wet cough, on the other hand, may signify a respiratory illness or bacterial infection.
Congestion is also very common in 1-month old babies. It occurs when extra fluids accumulate in your baby’s nasal passageways and can lead to a blocked nose and loud breathing. To detect congestion in your baby, look out for the following symptoms:
- Thick or discolored nasal mucus.
- Snoring and loud breathing
- Difficulty feeding
If any of these symptoms persist, you should visit a doctor.
When to See a Doctor
Although it is common to amplify the slightest complaint when you are caring for a 1-month old baby, it is equally important to know when to see a doctor. The following are symptoms that should not be ignored, and you should consult medical advice if you’re 1-month-old baby is experiencing any of these symptoms.
Fevers in babies can be caused by various things, including colds or infections, reaction to vaccinations, or wearing too many clothes. It can also, on rare occasions, be an indication of meningitis or blood bacterial infections. If your baby’s fever is accompanied by poor sleeping, poor eating, convulsions, or extreme fussiness, you should seek medical assistance immediately.
Skin rashes and eczema are very common in young infants, particularly if your family has a history of it. Baby rashes can be caused by sensitivities to food, fabric irritation, and allergies, among other things. They are usually harmless, but if a rash is accompanied by a fever or other harsh medical symptoms, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Baby Refuses Breastfeeding or Drinking from Bottle
Poor feeding in infants can be very scary for parents and is caused by a variety of factors. It is more common among premature births, as they have not yet fully developed their sucking and swallowing reflexes. If your child is persistently refusing to feed, either breastmilk or formula, you should immediately take them to see a doctor. Emergency care may be required if they:
- Have not fed in over 4 hours.
- Have a fever.
- Is vomiting after feeding.
- Is constantly crying or whimpering.
- Are unresponsive to touch or other stimuli.
Trouble swallowing, or dysphagia, is a condition that can prevent your baby from feeding properly. It can be caused by infection, or something stuck in the espohagus, and is more common among premature babies. Symptoms of dysphagia include eating slowly, drooling, weight loss, and gagging. If your baby has persistent difficulties in swallowing, you should seek medical assistance.
Baby Checklist at Month One
It’s never a bad idea to be overprepared in caring for your baby. A baby checklist could be endless if you bought everything available in the market, but here are a few things that are easily overlooked in the franticness infant care, and will make things easier for you and your 1-month-old baby:
- Burp cloths.
- Baby shampoo.
- Hooded towels.
- Baby washcloths.
- Bodysuits or onesies.
- Diaper rash ointment.
How far can a one-month old baby see?
Your one-month old baby can see clearly for around 20cm in front of them. Everything else will be a blur to them at this stage. Differentiating colors will also be difficult for them, as their color vision has not yet fully developed.
How much should a 1 month old eat?
At 1 month, your baby should be eating around 4 ounces at each feeding session (every 3 to 4 hours).
What is the average weight of a 1 month old?
The average weight of a 1-month baby is 10 pounds for a boy, and 9.2 pounds for a girl.
How many weeks in one month?
This question is often asked among new parents due to the different rates in which babies develop. One month, though, is still 4 weeks, and there is no such thing as a “baby month”.
How much should a 1-month old sleep?
A 1-month old baby should typically get between 14 to 17 hours of sleep every day. They need to rest as much as possible to facilitate their rapid development.
How much should a 1-month old weigh?
Although the average baby weight is outlined above, what they should weigh can vary greatly. It is largely dependent on the baby – how much are they eating and how fast they are developing.
How much does a baby weigh?
At 1 month, your baby will weight around 10 pounds, but this will change greatly month by month, and the average weight of a 6-month-old is between 16 to 18 pounds.
Baby is eating small amounts often – is this normal?
It is normal for babies to eat small quantities at regular intervals when they are 1 month old. They will eat, on average, 4 ounces at every feeding, but this can vary depending on the baby.
How do you play with a 1 month old?
A 1-month old baby will not be able to grasp things yet, but they will respond well to audible and visual stimuli. Toys that play gently music are good for babies at this stage, as are brightly colored toys when held within the visual range of a one month old (~20cm).
Is a 4-week-old baby a month old?
Yes, a 4-week-old baby is a month old. As mentioned above, there is no special duration of time given to the development of a baby.
Can a baby roll over at 1 month?
Your baby will be unable to roll over at 1 month old. Generally, babies first tend to roll over at the age of 4, though sometimes it can happen earlier.