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What are some tips for your baby's first month?

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Babies love to be touched. Give your 1-month-old lots of skin-to-skin contact, by holding her or with a gentle massage. Also, move your baby's legs in a bicycling motion for a couple of minutes at a time. This easy exercise will help tone the muscles to prepare for crawling and walking -- which your baby will start doing before you know it.

SOURCES:

Curtis, Glade B, MD, MPH, and Judith Schuler, MS. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005.

KidsHealth: ''Growth and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old.'' 

Nishitani S, Miyamura T, Tagawa M, Sumi M, Takase R, Doi H, et al. The calming effect of a maternal breast milk odor on the human newborn infant. Neuroscience Research. 2009;63:66-71.

Interview with Jennifer Shu, MD, Pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta, and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Curtis, Glade B, MD, MPH, and Judith Schuler, MS. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005.

KidsHealth: ''Growth and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old.'' 

Nishitani S, Miyamura T, Tagawa M, Sumi M, Takase R, Doi H, et al. The calming effect of a maternal breast milk odor on the human newborn infant. Neuroscience Research. 2009;63:66-71.

Interview with Jennifer Shu, MD, Pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta, and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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