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1 Month Well Care

Immunizations

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.

Nutrition

  • 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.

Sleeping

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • Don’t forget Tummy Time!

Next Visit:  2 Month Checkup