Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What to Expect...Month 1

Over the next several posts, I'd like to address some of the milestones that are related to talking and signing. These are just a few of the highlights - there are lots of things going on in that little body right now. Little ones will develop at different rates.  If I mention he is "supposed" to be vocalizing pleasure and displeasure by 5 months and your little one isn't quite there yet, please don't panic.  If you're greatly concerned that your child is behind, please speak with your child's healthcare provider.

 Also, keep in mind that, regardless when it happens, milestones will be reached in order.  Your baby won't start speaking in full sentences before she says single words.

Ok - here we go!

For babies around one month old, here is some of what you can expect:


  • Focuses 8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.4 cm) away 
  • Vision is blurry
  • Prefers black-and-white or high-contrast patterns
  • Prefers the human face to all other patterns 


  • Hearing is fully mature - go all in talking, singing, and cooing at baby.  
  • Recognizes some sounds
  • May turn toward familiar sounds and voices

Gross Motor

  • Keeps hands in tight fists - don't expect baby to sign back just yet

Language and Communication

  • Demanding cries
  • Grunting/throaty sounds

Social Development

  • Watches faces intently

Some activities you can do now to boost your baby's language development:

  • Sing - your favorite lullaby or the song on the radio, it doesn't matter
  • Read  - again, it doesn't matter what you're reading, just that you're doing it
  • Talk to your baby like you would anyone else.  -  Maybe describe what you're doing, seeing, feeling, etc. Ask questions. 
  • If you start signing at this age, make sure you sign close enough to baby to be seen clearly. 
  •  If you're too engrossed with learning who your new baby is to start signing, don't worry - you've still got plenty of time to do great things!
  • Look at baby when you're talking or singing to him/her

What activities are favorites for you and your newborn?

Here are the websties that helped me compile this information.  Check them out to find even more details about what to expect during the first month of your baby's life:

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