Milestones of Development 1 Month

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Category                        Skill Level                                                            Play Activity

Hands

Clenches hand, tight fist

Hum, sing, pat hands quietly

Hands

Fingers in mouth

Offer baby knuckle or finger to suck

Hands

Grasp is involuntary, reflex can’t let go

Rub your fingers against baby’s mouth

Hands

Involuntary grasp

Offer finger to grasp

Hands

Jerky, flexed grasp

Massage arms, wrists, hands

Hands

Sucks fingers

Rub your finger around lips, inside and out

Hands

Sucks fingers

Offer baby his fingers to suck

Body

Asymmetrical tonic neck reflex

Place object in outstretched fist

Body

Begins to right head

Stroke top, rub forehead

Body

Holds body to side when on his back

Rock baby side to side

Body

Hold head up momentarily when back supported

Change position often

Body

Lifts head to clear nose

Talk to baby; say “good boy”

Body

Lifts head to clear nose

Placed prone baby moves head to clear nose

Body

Lifts slightly from prone position on stomach

Wrap baby; unwrap

Body

Random body movement

Massage baby’s trunk

Body

Rights neck

Change baby’s position often

Body

Startle reflex relaxes

Sing, rock baby wrapped

Body

Total head lag

Support head on your support

Posture

Keeps knees under midsection when prone

Wrap and hold baby

Posture

Kicks out while on backside

Hold baby’s foot and stretch out leg

Posture

Sits with back rounded

Support baby so he faces out from your body

Cry

Cries change in pitch and tone during discomfort

Give prompt attention

Cry

Cries when hungry

Feed baby in several positions

Cry

Cries when hungry

Wash baby’s mouth and hands before feeding

Communication

Lacks facial expressions

Stroke baby’s cheeks, lips, chin

Speech

Makes explosive sounds

Talk to baby; sing

Speech

Makes small throaty sounds

Make sounds back to baby

Speech

Makes sucking sounds

Imitate so baby sees you

Speech

Most frequent sounds: “g”, “e”, “a”

Make the same sounds baby makes

Speech

Smiles during tactile stimulation

Massage and keep baby warm

Speech

Turns partially toward sounds

Call baby by name; coo and sing

Auditory

Localizes sound 45 deg.; turns head

Ring bell out of vision

Auditory

Responds to loud noises

Clap hands near infant; use your voice

Tactile

Discriminates extremes of temperature

Touch baby with cool and warm cloths

Tactile

Feels pain, hot and cold

Soothe baby, cuddle, feed

Tactile

Searches for oral gratification

Stroke baby’s cheek; use pacifier

Visual

Delayed regard of face 3’ in front

Make face to face contact

Visual

Eye and head movements not fully syncronized

Move baby up close, out a little

Visual

Fixes on light areas of object within 3 feet

Change position so baby can see

Visual

Has some outline perception

Show pictures with black and white patterns

Visual

Regards dangling object

Give baby red yarn ball

Visual

Stares and gazes

Move baby from light to darker areas

Visual

Turns head toward light 45 deg

Shine flashlight to side then the other

Emotional

Decreases activity when held

Hold baby close to body; wrap

Emotional

Quiets when held

Pick up baby, cross his arms, talk

Feeding

Opens and closes mouth in response to food

Make vibration sounds “hmmm”

Feeding

Tongue thrusts when nipple placed on tip

Rub tongue and lips with your finger

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