Month 1: Your baby in its first 4 weeks

Your baby’s development in the 1st month is going fast. Right now there are many appointments and breastfeeding and baby care present you with many challenges. Find here a lot of information and tips about baby development in this 1st month.

Month 1: Baby development milestones at 4 weeks

Movement: Your baby was born with remarkable motor skills and perfectly developed muscles. At the age of four weeks, your baby still has a strong gripping reflex. If you touch its hand or foot, it will try to grab it. The search reflex typical of babies, in which they look for their mother’s breast with their mouth, also disappears after the second month of life. So the first four weeks are very exciting. Learn more about your baby’s 7 different reflexes and what makes them special.

Senses: Anyone who believes that newborns are helpless and uncoordinated is greatly mistaken, because all their senses are active from the first days of life. Newborns can see about 25 centimeters soon after birth and can already see your face in the first month if you carry it on your arm. Your baby can also recognize your voice as early as the first month. Babies especially love high voices. So you don’t have to feel silly when you talk to him in the “gutzigutzigutzi language”. With regard to their sense of taste, babies prefer “sweets” from birth.  Learn more about the development of the senses in the first few days.

Communication: Your baby will make contact with you as early as the first month. And not just by screaming when it’s hungry. Towards the end of the first month, your baby will try out the first sounds, usually a “chrchr” or “aaaahhh”. You can make your baby happy by imitating him. Has your baby ever smiled? In the first few weeks it is called the “angel smile”. It occurs as a reflex to touching the side of the mouth. Only in the 2nd month can your child really smile consciously. Find out here how babies use sounds to make themselves understood.Sleeping:  Babies up to four weeks old don’t sleep long at a time because they need their milk every 2 to 4 hours. Since the baby’s stomach is still very small, it cannot yet absorb enough food to stay full longer. Although its sleep periods are very short, it sleeps a lot, between 13 and 20 hours a day. The best thing to do in these phases is to catch up on the sleep you lack during the night and rest a little. Learn more about the  development of sleep in the 1st month here . You can find a lot more information in our  special “How your baby learns to sleep” .

Month 1: Appointments around the 4 week old baby

Month 1: Baby tips


Breastfeeding in particular presents you with some challenges in the first month and you will surely ask yourself many questions: How can you put your baby on and take it off correctly? And how long should a breastfeed last? In our special on the subject you will find the answers to these and many other questions and you will find out how often you should breastfeed and which breastfeeding positions are particularly popular with other mothers.

baby care

After birth, the baby seems so fragile. But we can reassure you: Your baby is more robust than you think and you too will quickly get used to how you deal with him. As an aid, you will find practical instructions on how to change diapers correctly and learn how to dress your baby easily and correctly in our special on the subject of baby care . You will also find valuable tips on the topic of navel care .

Relax in childbirth

The confinement is divided into two phases: the so-called early confinement and the late confinement. While the first 14 days (early confinement) are a time when you should recover and let yourself be pampered, you can already start with the first recovery exercises in late confinement. Find out more about the postpartum bed here .

postnatal gymnastics

When you were born, your body was put under a lot of strain. With the help of postnatal gymnastics , you can not only train the pelvic floor muscles, but also support the regression of the uterus. In addition, many exercises strengthen your back, which is heavily burdened by breastfeeding and lifting the baby. Whether you attend a course to learn or have your midwife show you at home is entirely up to you. You will also find great exercises with us that you can start with in late confinement.

weekly flow

The weekly flow after birth is used to clean the uterus of blood, mucus and fetal remains. It can last up to eight weeks and changes several times during this time. Impeccable hygiene is particularly important during the weekly flow so that there is no inflammation in the intimate area or the uterus.

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