Growth & Development
- Most babies gain approximately 2 pounds a month initially and grow at a rate of approximately 1 inch per month in the first 6 months of life.
- At 1 month most babies extend their legs more, turn their heads and may momentarily lift their heads. When pulling your baby into a sitting position his/her head will lag behind.
- Your baby will watch a person and follow an object for a few degrees.
- Your baby may begin to smile.
- A supplementary bottle may now be given to your baby every 2 or 3 days containing either previously expressed breast milk (which may be frozen for up to 2 months) or iron fortified formula.
- Typically, babies do not need water to supplement their diet. You may offer an ounce or two of water between feedings once the baby is on some sort of schedule.
- Breastfeed or bottle feed 8-12 times per day. Don’t forget to burp your baby during natural feeding breaks.
- Your baby should have 5-8 wet diapers and 3-4 stools each day.
- Continue to place your baby on his/her back for sleeping.
- Remember to rotate your baby’s position in the crib. Sleeping on the same side may cause the skull to become misshapen.
Next Visit: 2 Month Checkup