Now that your baby is a month old, you will be beginning to get the used to caring for her - although you might still find our section called Caring for your baby useful. Your life together may have started to settle into some kind of pattern. It’s still early days to expect to be in a regular routine, but this will emerge over the coming weeks and months.
A lot happens during your baby’s first two months. Most babies reach certain milestones at around about the same age – but infant development isn’t an exact science.
Your baby will grow and develop at her own unique pace. This depends on many factors including genetics and environment as well as your baby’s temperament and her medical history. See play@home for activities you can do with your baby.
Even at this early stage, there are many things you can do to help her develop. Talk to your baby as much as possible. Read to her, tell her stories and nursery rhymes, describe what you are doing as you go about your day. This early communication is critical to her speech and language development – and she’ll love hearing the sound of your voice.
Make your talking tuneful and your baby will listen, she will love you to sing to her.
Talk about what your baby is looking at, pause and wait for her to respond. By cooing and crying she is communicating with you.
The first two months can be both magical and worrying – in equal measures. You probably have lots of questions to ask about your baby and your skills as a new parent. ‘Is she feeding enough?’ ‘Is she sleeping too much?’ ‘Am I being a good parent?’.
Relax, it’s natural to have these concerns – it shows that you care. But remember, if you do have any worries at all, or even just want to chat things through, speak to your health visitor who’ll be happy to help you.
Around six weeks after the birth, you’ll be asked to see your GP or a doctor. This is routine and is meant to make sure you’re in good health. If not, any problems can be dealt with. Your baby will be given a health check around this stage to ensure everything is all right.
This also gives you a chance to ask any questions and to talk about how you’re feeling. The subject of contraception may be raised, although it might have been discussed with you already, shortly after your baby was born.