At this stage, your baby needs plenty of stimulation to encourage her developing vision. Position your face near your baby’s and let her “explore” your face. A 1-month-old can see up to 12 inches away. Make eye contact with your baby, especially during feeding time. This is also an important part of the bonding process.
A newborn’s reflexes
All healthy babies are born with reflexes that eventually give way to conscious movements. Reflexes are nature’s way of protecting your baby. Here are a few that are present at birth:
- Rooting reflex — This reflex helps a newborn find her mother’s breast. If you stroke your baby’s cheek, she’ll turn her head toward your finger and open her mouth. This reflex helps encourage a baby to latch and promotes healthy feeding.
- Grasp reflex — When you place an object in the palm of your baby’s hand, she’ll wrap her fingers around it. She’ll eventually learn she can choose to grasp what she wants, and let go of what she doesn't.
- Tonic neck reflex — As your baby lies on her back and turns her head to one side, her arm on that side will extend while the opposite arm bends, all intent to regain her balance. This reflex helps her become aware of her body positioning and the need to strengthen muscles to ensure stability.
- Sucking reflex — When a nipple (breast or bottle) is placed into your baby’s mouth and touches the roof of her mouth, she automatically begins to suck, promoting healthy feeding in young babies.
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