What to expect of a 1 month old
During the first few weeks after your baby is born, you may be surprised by your strong feelings. You may feel down, or on the verge of tears at times for no reason.
Some of these feelings may come from the changes your body goes through to get back to normal. You may also feel thrilled, proud, or on top of the world. And, of course, you may feel worn down and tired!
Most parents have these feelings. You'll recover your energy and good humor in time. Meanwhile, keep your days as simple as possible. Ask nothing of yourself but the basics. Plan to nap when your baby does. Be flexible.
When you are having a rough time, talk to your partner, a family member or a good friend about your feelings. It helps to talk with someone close to you or with someone who has been through the same experience. There may be new parent groups in your area. It's important to remember that every baby is different.
If your baby acts the way you expect, parenting may come a little easier. But if you didn't get the type of baby you expected, don't despair! It may take a little more work, but getting to know your baby is worth it.
Watch your baby closely, and see how she reacts. Is baby very active? Does she sleep and eat regularly, or do her habits change from day to day? Is he content, or does he cry a lot? Your baby will give you clues about the way she likes to be handled.
Doctors now suggest that babies sleep on their back, since this prevents a small risk of breathing problems.
At this early age, baby likes to look at your face, bright colors, mirrors, and patterns. Loud noise, bright light, and rough handling scare babies. Babies will often calm down when someone picks them up and cuddles them. They feel comforted when held and talked to.
At this age, babies will stare at things, but not grab for them yet. Remember to change baby's position so he can look at different things. It's a little bit scary at first to care for a tiny infant, but you'll gain confidence with time.