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Baby Development: First Month Appearance

Baby development is basically how your baby grows and changes as days goes by. Usually during the first year develop fast and you may see a lot of changes in your baby. Your baby development not only includes their brain development and other organs, it also includes how they look and how they grow. Before we understand baby development during their first month, you should also know that breast milk is important for your baby to grow healthily. 

Baby Development Weight

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During the first five days that your baby is born he or she may lose about one-tenth of their birth weight. This is not something you should worry about as its normal. The weight your baby lost is basically all the excess body fluid. However, they would gain back their weight again over the next few days. 

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Baby development when it comes to their weight can happen rapidly. This happens faster during growth spurts. This is usually within the first seven to ten days and then again between their third to sixth week.

Moreover you should also know your baby could be gaining about 20-30 grams per day and by one month they could be 4.5kg. If you are worried about your baby may be gaining too little or too much weight, you can always consult your doctor and seek their advice. 

Baby’s Head Growth

Moving on, your pediatrician would always pay close attention and monitor the growth of your baby’s head. This is because it reflects the growth of their brain. The brain development is crucial when it comes to baby development. You should know that since your baby was formed in your womb till they are out, their brain does not stop developing. There are certain foods and things you can do with your baby to help their brain develop well. 

Next, you should know that the bones in your baby’s skull are still growing. During the first four months of your baby’s life the skull grows faster than any other months. The average circumference of your baby’s head should be about 35cm and in one month it could grow up to 38cm. You should also know that if you are having a boy their heads may be slightly larger compared to a baby girl. 

Baby’s Body Development

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The first weeks of your baby’s body development is exciting. You will notice your baby straightening out their position. While your baby was in your womb they were in a curled position and at the first weeks of baby development, they would get used to being out of the womb. 

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You may notice your little one stretching out their arms and legs. You may also notice their legs and feet still rotating inward. This is known as the bowlegged look. However, you should not worry that much as they would lose the habit during their first year. If you feel the appearance is severe or accompanied with pronounced curving at the front part of the foot, see a doctor. He or she might recommend your baby to wear a cast or splint. But, these cases are extremely rare.

Baby Development and Their Scalp

Moreover, if your baby was born vaginally and the skull was misshapen during birth, it will resume its normal shape within the first month of baby development. Also any bruising that are on the scalp should also be disappearing around this time. 

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Besides, you may be starting to notice the fine hair on your baby’s head dropping off. This could be happening while your baby sleeps or when he or she scratches their head. Also, there could be bald spots developing on your baby’s head as well. Just know that it is completely normal and your baby would grow their hair back over the next few months. 

Baby Development on Acne

Another normal baby development aspect is baby acne. These are pimples that breakout on your baby’s face during the fourth or fifth week of life. It could be because of the stimulation of oil glands in the skin by hormones passed across the placenta. 

Besides, it could become worse if you use harsh detergents to wash your baby’s sheets or clothes and even if your baby is not wiped after spitting out milk. Baby development during the first month would show that babies are very sensitive. Be sure that you know how to handle them properly and seek for help when needed. 

When your baby does get acne, place a soft clean sheet when your baby is sleeping. Be sure to use detergents that are meant for baby clothes. You also have to wash your baby’s face one a day with a mild soap meant for babies. Be sure to do it gently. 

Baby’s Skin and Temperature

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Your newborn baby’s skin may appear blotchy and ranging in colour from pink to blue. Also, you may notice your baby’s hands and feet to be bluer compared to the rest of their body. The blood vessels in these areas ad to respond quicker to colder temperatures. This makes your baby more sensitive when there is a drop in temperatures.

Your baby’s skin may appear paler during their early weeks. However, if you move their arms or feet you will notice their skin becoming pink again.

 Baby development includes your baby losing the layer of fat that has been protecting them. Your baby lacks insulating fat that would protect them from sudden shifts in the temperature. This is why you should dress your baby appropriately. You should know what clothes your baby should be wearing during hotter and cooler temperatures.

Umbilical Cord Stump

Between ten days to three weeks after birth, the stump from umbilical cord should have dried and fallen off. This is normal when it comes to baby development. The falling of the stump usually leaves behind a well healed and clean area. Sometimes, there might be a raw spot left once your baby’s stump has fallen out.

You may also notice that it may leave a blood tinged fluid. Just clean it with a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol. However, if it does not heal within two weeks, consult a doctor.