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What should you expect in your 1-month-old's development of the senses?

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Newborns are very nearsighted. They can see your face while nursing. They can best see things in bright or high-contrast colors. It’s normal for a 1-month old’s eyes to cross when they try to focus. But if they’re still crossed at 3-4 months, call your pediatrician. It could be a sign of strabismus (crossed eyes). A newborn’s hearing isn’t yet fully developed, but they recognize their mother’s voice and other sounds. They can’t tell between bitter and sour, but they like sweet tastes. Their sense of smell is pretty mature, and they can sniff out their mother’s nipple and breast milk.

SOURCES:

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

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. . 2009;63:66-71. Neuroscience Research

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. . Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

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. . 2009;63:66-71. Neuroscience Research

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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