The first month of a baby’s life is quite interesting. Apparently, their whole work is to eat and sleep in the first month of their life. As a parent or caregiver, it is joyful to see your baby grow as time goes on. Medlineplus simply defines developmental milestones as ‘behaviors or physical skills seen in infants and children as they grow and develop’. Rolling over,crawling and walking are all considered milestones. In the first month of babies’ lives, they exhibit the following milestones.
- They usually keep their fist tight.
- They hear sounds clearly because their ears are matured enough to hear clearly.
- They know the scent of their mother’s breast milk.
- They are not comfortable with mishandling.
- Even though they seem stiff, they try to move their hands.
- They try to move their arms and legs.
- They like to watch faces of people.
- Because their necks are not so strong to support their heads, their heads fall back if not supported.
NB: You should visit the pediatrician if your baby is not exhibiting the milestones mentioned above. However, every child has his/her unique developmental pace.
There are some cautions that parents and caregivers should observe to enhance to avoid any disabilities and its related problems. Below are some of the cautions
- Handle them with care because they are sensitive and their bones are not so strong as adults at this stage.
- Respond to their cries even if it is frequent because crying is one of the ways it is their way of communicating. The cry of a baby could sometimes mean his/her diaper is wet or even he or she is experiencing separation anxiety.Separation anxiety basically refers to the anxiety that babies feel when their parents or caregiver are away from them for sometime.
- Always wash your hands before carrying your baby because babies are easily infected.