1 month old

Not a whole lot has changed in terms of your baby’s sleeping and eating habits (your baby will most likely still zonk out anywhere, anytime), but many moms experience a drastic physical difference in these next few weeks. Your postpartum recovery is coming to a close, meaning the bleeding, cramping and breastfeeding pain are finally in the past. You can check out our Newborn Care Guide for more specific advice, but here are some general concerns you might have after your baby’s one-month birthday:

Baby’s Health and Well-being

Every week – every day, really – will bring new developments and worries, from diaper contents to flaky scalps. Here’s what you might be wondering about:

  • Skin care issues like newborn acne, cradle cap, jaundice, and your baby’s birthmarks
  • More eye, ear and nose issues – most babies start to produce tears right around now
  • Digestive issues you may notice your baby having: gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea and thrush
  • SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome – they should still be on your mind

 

Mom’s Health and Well-Being

While your physical recuperation is drawing to a close, it’s completely normal to still feel a little “off” emotionally. You might still have hormonal mood swings and periods of sadness, or maybe even the onset of postpartum depression. It’s very important to assess and acknowledge what you’re feeling and talk to someone about it. At the same time, the six-week mark might be an exciting milestone since you’ll be heading back to the doctor’s for one last check-up, and to discuss topics like sex, birth control and your body’s recovery:

 

Feeding

The six-week mark is generally when your milk supply stabilizes, making breastfeeding a little less painful and worrisome. Yet there’s another feeding introduction to be made: The bottle. If you’re heading back to work in the next few weeks, experts agree it’s better to introduce a bottle sooner rather than later (after the six-month mark), only because it might be harder after several months for your baby to accept a new way of sucking down milk. Here’s what you need to know about introducing a bottle:

 

Developmental Milestones and Play

Although all babies develop at different rates (read: don’t spend too much time stressing over these developmental check-lists), most one-month-old babies are more or less at the same point in their development (unless your baby was born premature):

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One thought on “One Month Old Care – an introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Masood says:

    Please suggest me: my baby is 45 days old, He never cried after birth, doctor made him cry after 5 mins.
    Now we observed his legs are shivering for 5-10 seconds in every 2 minutes.
    Today we went to pediatrician, there EEG report(Brian related Test) got correct, Calcium is with in the range
    and Hemoglobin is 8 (Range should be in: 12-16).He gave medicines for one week and told
    if baby is not cured in one week, will suggest for higher treatment.
    Me and baby’s mother worrying a lot, please suggest what the problem could be.

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