What should you expect your infant to behave as? (Birth to 1 Month)

What should you expect your infant to behave as? (Birth to 1 Month)

Birth to One Month

Every newborn has a personality of her own. Hence, no two newborns are the same, although all of them like to be cuddled and have their need to feel loved and satisfied.


It is helpful to know that some of them fuss more than others. They seek more attention, sleep less and cry more.


Fathers also need to lend a helping hand in such situations. Some children find a male voice more soothing and comforting. As the difficult baby demands a lot from the mother, she may get exhausted and be unable to give her husband the attention she would like to give him. A considerate husband understands his wife’s difficulties and shares the household chores, especially in the absence of any domestic help. And when the wife is able to notice and appreciate her husband’s caring attitude, the difficult baby will have performed a good deed in having brought them closer to each other.

Infant (Up to first birthday)

At about 3 months, the child recognizes her mother well. She likes to have adults and children dote on her and obliges them with a real broad smile. In a joint family, she will respond amiably towards the other members.  Between 3 and 6 months, she starts becoming aware of strangers. She may not respond to their overtures, or may even start crying as soon as she sees them. Consequently, she expects her parents, especially her mother, to be around. 


At times, the mother may feel that the baby is taking advantage of  her goodness. Let it be so. The care that you give her at this age will stand her in good stead later in life. She will start trusting people, will cherish your care and in turn, learn to care lovingly for others.


Before she completes one year, your child will indicate that she wants to eat by herself. She will make a serious effort to do, and end up making quite a mess in the process. You may be tempted to come to her help. She may resist you but after some time, she may give up and start depending on you to help her eat. You will  probably not realize that by doing this, you are sowing the seeds of dependency in her.


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Also read more about: What should you expect your infant to behave as: 1 to 3 years, 3 to 6 years

Source: Book - Guide to Child Care by Dr R K Anand

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