At one month, most babies can only see up to 8-12 inches away and their eyesight will steadily improve in the following months. If you notice that your baby is straining his eyes, then you should take him to the doctor immediately. This might be a sign of eye infection or even blindness and if left untreated, it could result in permanent damage.
At one month old, babies can also recognize their parents’ voices, and smiling is becoming more natural for them. The sounds they make may not yet resemble actual words but there will be pauses between sounds which indicates that he knows you are talking to him. If your baby gurgles every time you talk to him, then this means he’s trying to imitate what he hears from you. You should smile back at him when this happens because it shows your baby how much fun making faces can be.
– At first, a baby can only see a few inches clearly and it takes time for their eyesight to fully develop. They may be more interested in high-contrast black and white images over colorful ones.
– When taken from the crib, babies usually enjoy gazing at overhead lights or bright ceiling fixtures. This is because they are attracted by high contrasts that help them short out all other stimuli – including people! Most infants will stop crying almost immediately if you hold them under a bright lamp. But parents shouldn’t create too much of this kind of stimulus because constant exposure can damage their eyesight – particularly during sleep hours.
– Babies’ ears are also developing rapidly during this period.
– With their hearing, babies can now detect the sound of both the human voice and background noises.
– Babies can hear best when there is no background noise, so parents should talk in a quiet, soothing tone that does not compete with other sounds. This creates strong emotional bonds with a baby and a sense that positive things happen when you are around.
– Babies love to be talked to, played with, held, and bounced gently.
– When changing diapers, they will often stop crying if you talk softly to them.
– Babies love it when people play with their toes and feet because this stimulates nerve endings in the soles of their feet.
– Parents should talk to babies in a normal tone – not too loudly or softly. Infants’ ears are best able to pick up the normal conversation at about 6-12 inches, but they will turn toward voices from any distance.
– Babies also love to hear the same stories over and over again, which is why it’s a good idea to get board books with thick pages to read to them frequently.
– Babies like things that “do things” for them: buttons that light up and make noise, electronic toys like wind-up music boxes, and pull toys.
– They may also enjoy riding toys such as a low “Walky Talky” walker, an Exersaucer, or a stationary activity center.
– It’s important not to leave babies unattended with these items. Parents should also be careful to avoid toys that encourage them to “push buttons” because babies may get their fingers stuck or injured.
– Babies also like to look at their own reflection, which is why a handheld infant mirror can be very effective – as well as cheery and colorful.