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Month 1


By the end of their first month, a baby may:

Mental Development

  • Recognise and turn toward familiar sounds and voices
  • Watch alertly when fed and spoken to

Visual Development

  • Focus on objects at a distance of approximately 20-30 cm
  • Focus on a human face
  • Be sensitive to the brightness and intensity of colour
  • Notice the difference between light and dark

Growth

  • Weigh about 4.2 kg if she’s a girl or about 4.5 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 53.7 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 54.7 cm tall if he’s a boy

Motor Development

  • Lift their head briefly while lying on their stomach
  • Bring both hands within range of eyes and mouth
  • Keep hands in tight fists

Social and Emotional Development

  • Become more alert and responsive
  • Stop crying when picked up and spoken to
  • Start to smile, although not deliberately

Note: Each child develops at their own pace. These milestones are offered only as guides—your child may reach some milestones sooner, and other milestones later. However, if you have any concerns, you should discuss them with your health care professional.