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9 Tips for Your Baby's Month 1 Doctor Visit

Learn what to expect at your baby's month one checkup from pediatrician Dyan Hes, M.D. in this Howcast video about newborn and baby development.

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Usually the parents haven't seen the doctor since the first week visit, so they're very excited to know how much the baby weighs.

The doctor will weigh the baby, the doctor will measure the length, and will also measure the head circumference. The parents will find out how their baby is growing along a growth curve. Parents also have a lot of questions about feeding at this age. Babies should still be feeding every three to four hours at one month of age. It's okay to feed a baby every four to five hours if your baby is sleeping at this age, that's not a problem. You don't have to wake a baby up at one month to feed it in the middle of the night unless your doctor tells you that your baby needs more nutrition and you have to feed your baby more frequently.

At one month of age, your baby is going to start to regard your face when you're feeding the baby, and look at you, and try to figure your face out. The baby will follow until about midline at one month of age. When you put your baby on the belly, the baby's going to start to lift his or her head up.

Parents will start to ask, "What do I need to do to entertain my baby, or to teach my baby, at one month of age?" and what I always say is that the world is enough stimulus for your baby. You don't need to go and buy expensive toys, or expensive books for your baby. Your baby loves to look around. Remember, a baby at one month still sleeps majority of the day, so when they're up for that two or three hours of the day, you know, just, the world is enough. You can put the baby in your arms, put the baby in a carriage, or in the crib, and they look up. You can talk to your baby, you can play music, but there's nothing specific. You don't have to go and buy a CD for certain classical music. You don't have to buy a certain book. Just interacting with your baby is enough stimulus at this age.

Remember that at one month of age, you always have to lay your baby on their back to go to sleep. At one month of age, you can introduce a pacifier if the baby is breast feeding well. Some babies who are bottle fed already take a pacifier, but if the baby's breastfed, you can introduce a pacifier at one month of age. Pacifier use at one month of age has decreased the incidence of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Your next visit after the one month visit will be the two month visit.

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