The First Year: 1 Month Milestones (page 2)

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Updated on Jun 5, 2012

Communicates with a Purpose.

When she's not crying, your tiny tot's the strong and silent type. That's because wailing away is her main mode of communication with you. Unfortunately, most parents don't speak "crying-ese," which means you'll be playing the guessing game as you try to figure out what your baby wants when she cries. Unless the cause is obvious, try checking the basics. Babies generally cry when they're hungry, tired, or uncomfortable.

  • Listen carefully to your baby's cries. In that first month, you'll probably learn to discern the difference between an "I'm hungry" cry and a "that hurt!" cry. The intensity and volume of the sobs will alter depending on what she wants. If your baby cries inconsolably, talk to your pediatrician. Colic and digestive issues can both cause near-constant fussing.
  • If your baby's screams ever escalate to a point where you become frustrated and upset, place her safely in her crib and walk away. She'll be fine for a few seconds, and you need a time-out. Never, ever shake or handle a crying baby roughly. As little as five seconds of shaking could lead to permanent brain damage and even death.

The first month at home with your brand-new baby puts you on a crazy rollercoaster of emotions. From being completely blissed-out as your baby sleeps in her crib to being totally confused and frustrated as she wails in the night, it's all part of the gig. The best part is that you have tons of time to learn as you go, and your little one is the perfect partner to help you figure it all out.

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