1 Month

Healthy Habits

  • Avoid too much sun
  • Keep small and sharp objects, plastic bags and toys with small parts (like buttons) out of reach
  • Never leave infant unattended
  • Review emergency procedure
  • Consider family CPR training

Nutrition

  • Continue breastmilk with vitamin D supplement or iron-fortified formula
  • Do not put cereal in bottle
  • Solids are generally started between 4-6 months when the baby has better trunk and head control and is able to sit in a bouncy seat or slightly reclined high chair.
  • Do not bottle prop, or put bottle in bed
  • Most infants still need 2 am feeding
  • Bottle-fed infants should be up to 4-6 oz every feeding

Infant Care

  • Umbilical cord generally falls off by 1 month of age.
  • Bathing and care basics are discussed in the following link:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/bathing-skin-care/Pages/default.aspx
  • All babies make noises, squirm, burp and pass gas when they are trying to have a bowel movement.  Their stools will decrease in volume as they get older since their gut is able to better absorb but should still be semi-soft and pass easily.
  • While it is perfectly safe to be out any about with your baby, remember that their immune system is considered relatively immature and they have not yet received their first vaccine series.  You may want to avoid very crowded areas where they can be exposed to viruses or bacteria. Frequent hand washing is always a good idea.

Milestones

  • Infant will spend more time awake
  • Field of vision is expanding (now sees 8-12 inches). Will love bright lights and faces.
  • Will startle with loud noises
  • Sucking will be the main way infants at this age explore their world
  • Will begin to lift head off bed like a turtle
  • the following link provides great information on development :https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/default.aspx

Immunizations

  • 1st Hepatitis B if not given at earlier visits or in the hospital at birth