How Do You Support Your Newborn Baby’s Development?

You have passed a month when you met your baby and started to learn about each other. You have been sleep deprived many times during this past month. During this time, you have encountered your baby’s vomit and crying for no reason. You and your baby are now getting used to each other. In order for you to get through the next processes more easily, your baby’s sleep, nutrition, etc. It is very important for the comfort of both you and your baby that you meet their needs such as timely and correctly.

Your baby tends to sleep all the time this month. On average, she wants to be fed 8-10 times a day. By the end of this month, you will see that your baby has gained approximately 600-1500 grams of weight and has grown considerably in height. During this period, as in the womb, the heart rate and respiratory rate will be higher than yours.

In terms of cognitive development, your baby will start to focus on bright objects and will show a startle reflex against sudden and loud sounds.

It will make involuntary sounds in terms of language development. These are reflexes that indicate coughing, crying, and feelings of discomfort.

Since your baby’s brain is not mature enough in terms of motor skills development, body movements are reflexive, that is, involuntary. Your baby’s main motor skills, namely sucking reflexes, short-term visual viewing and clasping his hands are. Again in this month, he can raise his head for a short time while lying on his stomach. The first stage of motor skills development for babies is learning to hold their head. In this process, while some babies can achieve head control, some babies still continue to struggle.

Your baby can see about 15-20 cm distances. However, he cannot focus on you or an object for a long time. If he likes it when you touch him, he can make pleasant sounds. Although she is only 1 month old, she distinguishes her mother’s voice from other voices.

How do you support your baby’s development?

Breastfeeding is the most important thing for your baby’s development. Your baby can suckle for hours if you let them. Your baby will develop both physically and spiritually if you breastfeed every time he wants to feed. Talk to your baby when he is restless. In this way, your baby will both calm down and contribute to the development of speech and language skills.

Don’t just lay your baby on their back. Lay your baby on his tummy from time to time, but not for long periods of time. However, your baby should not lie on his stomach while sleeping. Make skin-to-skin contact. If you make skin-to-skin contact, your baby will feel safe and will send positive signals to his brain. In addition, beneficial micro-organisms in your body will pass to the baby. Hold your baby in your arms when she cries.

Scientific research has shown that babies who grow up with love show better emotional development and adapt to this world faster than babies who grow up without love. Finally, talk to your baby and give him a massage. You will find that your baby really likes it. When you massage your baby, blood flow accelerates and the amount of blood going to the tissues increases. It also helps bowel movements. That’s why massaging your baby makes it easier to get rid of gas and relieves colic pains. In this way, your baby relaxes and falls asleep more easily. Massage not only for 1-month-old babies, but throughout infancy. Thus, it will be very beneficial for your baby’s sensory, emotional, social and motor development.

Finally, do not put gloves on your 1-month-old baby. You may think that he will not scratch his face, but in order for your baby to recognize this world, he must touch the objects with his hands. By making your baby wear gloves, you kind of cut her off from the outside world. Therefore, not wearing gloves is very important for your baby’s development.

Babies generally do not know the difference between day and night during these months. For this reason, some babies may sleep more during the day and less at night. This is quite normal. However, it is the parents who will teach our baby the difference between night and day. For this, do not allow daytime naps to last longer than 3 hours. You can gently wake your baby up. You can do your daily routine while your baby is sleeping. During this period, your babies will not be disturbed by the sound of the washing machine, the sound of the dishwasher, and your conversations.

Make sure the environment is dark while you sleep at night. Babies are not afraid of the dark. Creating a sleep routine will be beneficial for both your comfort and your baby. Namely; like dressing in the same clothes, singing a lullaby, taking a bath before going to sleep at night. Thus, your baby will begin to understand that it is time to sleep after a while. Breastfeed every 2-3 hours while you are lightly sleepy, without allowing him to wake up at night. So that his sleep is not interrupted. Finally, make sure that the environment is as quiet as possible while you sleep at night.

Click here to read our article on the development of 2-month-old babies.

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