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Baby development at 1 month old Baby development at 1 month

your baby’s

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at 1 month

how to help your baby's development at  1 month


Welcome to the world, little one! Mums and dads, you're going to have your hands full over the next four weeks. While you're getting to know your baby, they're getting to know their own senses and reflexes.


Your baby is just getting used to the brand new world they've arrived in. Help them out by stimulating their senses (mainly sight and sound – they're far too young to eat anything other than breast milk or formula).


As well as soothing your little one, your voice is also laying some important groundwork for their language skills. Although they won't be able to answer you for a few months yet, chat away to them whenever you can.


Move bright, noisy toys past their field of vision so that they can watch them, and hang a colourful mobile above their cot.

flexing and stretching


tiny newborn baby stretching

flexing and stretching


Newborns are used to being curled up in the womb, so love being snuggled up tight in a blanket. As the month goes on you'll notice them wriggling, squirming and trying out their muscles. This lengthens their bodies, so their head won't look so big by the end of the month!

i can see you

Newborn's eyesight isn't the best, bless 'em. The world looks a bit fuzzy and they can only see things that are 20-25cm away – the distance between your face and theirs while they're feeding. You'll notice them going cross-eyed as they try to focus. Black and white toys are great because they'll love the contrast between light and dark.

using their senses


1 month old baby all snuggled up

using their senses


Although their eyesight isn't great, your babies other senses are working full time. They'll be able to recognise your smell within hours of birth, can sense the four basic tastes (sweet, salty, sour and bitter) and their hearing is fully developed too.

it's all reflex

Babies are born with up to 50 natural reflexes. They'll 'root' and 'suck' to find and drink milk, while the 'Moro' reflex is responsible for them getting startled. They even have a walking reflex – hold your little one upright with their feet on the ground and they'll move their legs.

not-so-mellow yellow

When you're gazing into your baby's eyes during feeding, look for yellow in their whites. It's a sign of neonatal jaundice, which is quite common and usually develops within a few days of birth. Other symptoms are a yellow tinge to skin, dark yellow wee and pale poo.