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Birth-1 Month Milestones

*These milestones are taken directly from the American Academy of Pediatrics healthychildren.org

Check healthychildren.org regularly for updates.

Movement Milestones

  • Makes jerky, quivering arm and leg movements
  • Brings hands within range of eyes and mouth
  • Moves head from side to side while lying on stomach
  • Head flops backward if unsupported
  • Keeps hands in tight fists
  • Strong newborn reflexes

Visual and Hearing Milestones

  • Focuses 8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.4 cm) away
  • Eyes wander and occasionally cross
  • Prefers black-and-white or high-contrast patterns
  • Prefers the human face to all other patterns
  • Hearing is fully mature
  • Recognizes some sounds
  • May turn toward familiar sounds and voices
    • Prefers mommy's voice to any other sound
    • Interprets higher frequency sounds better than lower frequency sounds.

Smell and Touch Milestones

  • Prefers sweet smells
  • Avoids bitter or acidic smells
  • Recognizes the scent of his own mother
  • Prefers soft to coarse sensations
  • Dislikes rough or abrupt handling

Aimee's Babies Parent Patrol

Mommies and daddies, be vigilant! You are your child's only advocate. If, during the second, third, or fourth weeks of your baby’s life, she shows any of the following signs of developmental delay, notify your pediatrician.

  • Sucks poorly and feeds slowly
  • Doesn’t blink when shown a bright light
  • Doesn’t focus and follow a nearby object moving side to side
  • Rarely moves arms and legs; seems stiff
  • Seems excessively loose in the limbs, or floppy
  • Lower jaw trembles constantly, even when not crying or excited
  • Doesn’t respond to loud sounds

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances and as always, please consult your pediatrician before using any of the suggestions or baby exercises on this site.
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