At 1 month of age, your baby needs only breast milk or infant formula. Babies can get enough milk by feeding every 2 to 3 hours, including during the night. Breast-fed babies should usually feed about 10 minutes at each breast during each feeding. If you use formula, your baby should have about 2 to 3 ounces of formula every 2 to 3 hours. If your baby wants to feed more often, try a pacifier. Your baby may need to suck but not feed.
If you are giving formula to your baby, check formula to make sure that it’s warm and not hot.
If you are breast-feeding your baby, it’s a good idea to sometimes feed your baby with pumped breast milk in a bottle. This helps your baby learn another way to drink milk and allows other people to feed your baby.
When you feed your baby with a bottle, never prop the bottle. Always hold your baby during feedings.
It's not yet time to start cereal or baby food. Solid food can be started at 4 to 6 months of age.
Your baby is continuing to learn how to use his eyes and ears. Your baby may start:
Babies usually sleep 16 or more hours a day. Many babies wake up every 3 to 4 hours, while others may sleep longer during the night. Feeding your baby a lot just before bedtime doesn't have much to do with how long your baby will sleep. Place your baby in the crib on his back when he's drowsy but still awake. If you would like to see if you can get your baby to sleep longer at night, ask your healthcare provider for ideas about ways to keep your baby alert and awake during the day.
Most babies will strain to pass bowel movements. As long as the bowel movement is soft, there is no need to worry even if your baby has bowel movements just every few days. If your baby has bowel movements that are hard or difficult to pass, ask your healthcare provider about it.
Babies usually wet the diaper at least 6 times each day.
Having a new baby is a major life change. Help from fathers, friends, and relatives is often very important. If you find yourself getting annoyed or angry with your baby, or if your baby is crying too much and you cannot cope with it, call a friend or relative for help. NEVER shake a baby.
Choking and Suffocation
Fires and Burns
Immunizations protect your child against several serious, life-threatening diseases. At 1 month of age, your child may get a 2nd hepatitis B shot. Ask your healthcare provider what symptoms or problems you should watch for after your child gets the shot and what to do if your child has them.
Bring your child's shot record to all visits with your child’s healthcare provider.
Your baby's next routine visit will usually be at the age of 2 months.