Baby’s Growth: What to Expect in the First Month
As a new parent, the first month of your baby’s life can be an exciting and wonderful time. It can also prove stressful and overwhelming. As a concerned parent, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make the first few weeks of your baby’s life as easy as can be, and you may feel like you’re under a lot of pressure or you’re making it up as you go. This is totally normal, and you’re right on schedule.
There’s no perfect system for rearing your child, and you don’t need to worry too much if your baby isn’t hitting typical milestones right on schedule. If you are creating a supportive and comfortable environment for your baby, built on your values of ethics, sustainability, and compassion, you can trust your baby’s development process to work out for the best. (High-quality, ethically sourced vegan baby products from Ruby & Poe can help make your baby more comfortable!) And it’s always okay to ask for help, whether from a doctor, from another medical professional, or from your community of like-minded parents.
That being said, here are a few milestones you will likely have the pleasure of observing during your baby’s first four weeks of life.
Your baby’s first week
During the first week, your baby may cry a lot. This is a natural reaction to a big change in your child’s environment! Make sure to practice self-care and self-compassion, so you can spend time with your baby as patiently and mindfully as possible. The touching, cooing, and cuddling that happens during the first week will set the stage for your baby’s healthy development and thriving years into the future.
Your baby’s second week
By this time, your baby will be feeding a lot, and you may think he or she is insatiable! This is because there’s already a big growth spurt underway, and your baby is still adjusting to the natural rhythms of life. This will be reflected in your little one’s eating and sleeping habits, which may be erratic for a while. Observe what’s going on and notice the natural patterns that are emerging, as well as spending time with your baby.
Your baby’s third week
During week number three, your baby should be steadily progressing from being a newborn into infanthood. This comes with some early beginnings of muscle and motor control, as well as a lot of crying. The crying is simply your baby’s way of learning to communicate as he or she begins to find his way around and discovers his or her own strength. Again, be aware of what’s going on and keep track of your baby’s feeding and sleeping habits, as well as any other irregularities you may want to share with a medical professional or simply note for later.
Your baby’s fourth week
By the fourth week, your baby’s noise may begin to resemble human speech. Take note of his or her babbling, and respond in kind - your cooing, singing, and baby talk lets your baby know that he or she is seen, the world is safe, and you are there for support and encouragement. This is a fun time when your baby’s personality traits begin to present themselves. At this point, your baby will likely be sleeping about 17 hours a day altogether and consuming about 16-24 ounces of formula. It’s best to let him or her eat and sleep as much as is desired, while taking note of any irregularities.
Your baby’s first month
Again, babies develop on their own schedules, so don’t worry about hitting particular milestones right on time - it’s more important that you enjoy this process together. And be sure to take advantage of our deals on high-quality, ethically sourced vegan baby products - they can make things a little bit easier!