The confusion of the first month has more or less
diminished. Baby's own temperament and personal style
are emerging this month. You are probably developing
an individualistic style of relating to your baby.
However many a time your baby can make you feel inadequate.
But experience brings confidence. During this month
your baby settles into a more predictable routine
and enjoys longer periods of alertness.
Milestones - your
Baby's progress report
At the end of the first month, your baby would have
accomplished even more.
Baby's memory is growing:
Your baby is beginning to store memories and is able
to form associations between certain events and its
consequences. When given a clue, you can expect a
reaction. For example when shown the bottle baby shows
excitement because he knows his meal is on the way.
More of such associations are made, as baby grows
She is smiling more
By now she smiles when you smile at her. She may even
smile on her own and produce different noises like
gurgles, grunts and hums as an expression of emotions.
Your baby may attempt at imitating your exaggerated
facial expressions. She still enjoys looking at her
own face in the mirror you placed on her crib.
Physical control increases:
He is able to lift his head up at 45 degrees. When
held in a sitting position, baby can keep head up
most of the time although in a wobbly manner. His
eyes will follow you when you move away from him.
He likes bright colors. He may turn his head in the
direction of his favorite sound.
When on his back, he may make cycling motions with
his legs. When sitting baby may circle his arms above
his head. When on his tummy he may rock back and forth
with his arms and legs stretched out and back arched.
Fascination with own
She may examine her hands closely now that she has
discovered them. She will most likely bring them to
her face and touch parts of her face. She will suck
toys or own fingers. Sucking fingers creates double
sensation, in both fingers and mouth. Through sucking
she is beginning to realize what is a part of her
and what is not e.g. her fingers are a part of her
and the toy is not. She will also open and close her
hand, bring them together, wave them around. She may
hold a toy for a while if you put it in her hand.
Uses mouth to explore:
Your baby may now begin to explore the environment
by putting many objects in mouth including your hands
and her hands, her toys, pillow edges, and everything
else she can lay her hands on. This is not out of
hunger, but curiosity. All her senses are at work
- touch, smell, and taste - to help her make sense
of her world.
Now is a good time to introduce bedtime ritual since
his physical development is stabilizing somewhat.
It's a good time to teach baby to go to sleep at a
certain hour every night. Include bathing, dressing
into nightclothes, feeding and lullabies in his daily
Tour your baby around the house while you are holding
him. Watch his reaction to objects. Point things out
and talk about them. Keep baby close by while you
go about your daily chores; describe the activity
you are doing. For example, when you are chopping
vegetables, mention the vegetable's names and why
you are doing it. Describe what you are doing to include
baby into your daily routine as well as let your conversations
Act like baby's mirror:
Imitate his facial expressions while doing stuffs
with him i.e. when you are bathing him or changing
his diaper. For instance when he smiles, you smile.
When he coos, you coo. Do it in an exaggerated manner
to add more fun. This reinforces his self-awareness
when he watches his expression reflect on your face.
Make up stories about what you are doing or show him
picture books and concoct some tale. They don't have
to make sense. Your tone, pitch and expression carries
the story forward and makes it enjoyable for both
your baby and you.
The bell game:
Tinkle bell on one side of his head and then still
tinkling, bring it to the other side. Bring it within
his vision and let him reach for it. It not only helps
him develop eye-hand coordination but also strengthens
his ability to detect the source of sound while it