The 1-month-old baby is a little more active than the newborn and is already able to lift his head for a short time when he is placed on his stomach.
During this phase, the baby is also able to follow movements close to him and fixate on a bright spot.
At this age, the baby 👶 is usually very sleepy, sleeping around 16 hours a day and waking up at night around 2 to 3 times, especially for feedinging.
In the first month of life, the baby spends most of his time sleeping. Don’t be surprised if your little one wakes up, feeds and goes back to sleep immediately, repeating this routine several times a day.
Over the months you will notice that he begins to have more or less constant times to wake up, feeding, sleep, pee and poop, and even get more crybaby.
According to The New York Times, pay attention to these baby’s natural rhythms when trying to establish a routine, to make your life easier, if you think it’s necessary.
Know that the guidance of specialists is so that little babies fed exclusively on the breast do not have rigid schedules for feedings. The so-called free-demand feedinging helps the mother’s body maintain adequate milk production for the child’s needs.
And don’t forget that, within a 24-hour period, in addition to getting enough feedings, most babies this age also need to have:
About 16-17 hours of total sleep, including daytime naps. Most tiny babies take three naps during the day (morning and early and late afternoon). See how many hours of sleep your baby needs here.
Schedules to play, do “gymnastics” and strengthen important muscles, develop skills and interact with you. Sing or read books to him, give him a simple massage, give him a nice bath or take him for a walk.
Routine of newborn baby care first month
To help you get started with creating schedules for your newborn baby care first month and to see how different the options are, we’ve chosen some examples from readers of routines for very tiny, breast-only babies.
Routine of a baby who wakes up several times in the middle of the night
- 6 am – Wakes up, feeds, changes the diaper and goes to sleep with the mother.
- 9:00 – Wake up, shower, feed, sleep again, but not so hard. Between that time and noon, feeding at ease. The mother takes a little in her lap, but also leaves it in the crib. The baby tends to cry a lot.
- 12:00 – Goes to baby’s grandma’s house. He sleeps another half hour there and wakes up — always in the middle of his mother’s lunch. Change the diaper, mother’s lap, stroller.
- 1pm or later – Sleep again.
- 15h – Wake up, feed, change the diaper and get more laps.
- 9 pm – Bath and feeding.
- 23h – Dorme.
- 1h – Wake up, feed, change diaper.
- 3:30 am – Wake up, feed, change diaper.
- 5:30 or 6:00 – It starts all over again…
Routine of a baby who doesn’t wake up at night to feeding
- 5 Am or 6 Am – Wake up, change the diaper, feed and sleep again.
- 10 am – Wake up, change the diaper, feed again and sleep.
- 12:00 or 13:00 – Wakes up, feeds and stays in the room following the movements of the family. Win lap and chat a lot with mom.
- 4 pm – Sleep again.
- 6 pm – Wake up. Daddy arrives. Dad’s lap, feeding, changing diapers, staying awake in the crib.
- 19:00 – Mama, change the diaper and go to sleep listening to a lullaby.
- 11 pm – Wake up, change the diaper, feed and fall asleep.
- 5am or 6am – It starts all over again…
Note: The mother gives a bath in the morning or in the afternoon, and has instituted the following rules: she only lets her sleep in the stroller or crib, and avoids letting the baby fall asleep on her lap.
Routine of a baby who sometimes switches from day to night
- 5:00 or 6:30 – Wakes up to feed. Go back to sleep.
- 7 am – Wake up, interact a little. Go back to sleep.
- 11:00 – Wakes up, feeds, takes a bath and stays awake in the crib, taking short naps, until the end of the afternoon.
- Beginning of the night – From then on, he wakes up every two or three hours, feeds, changes diapers and sleeps again, and so on, until the next day.
Routine of a baby who sleeps 6 hours straight at night
- 6:30 or 7:00 – Wakes up, lies in bed with the mother, feeds a little and sleeps again until 9:00.
- 9 am – Wakes up, feeds and sleeps again.
- 12:00 – Wakes up, feeds and stays awake in the crib while parents have lunch. Mom or dad plays with him a lot after lunch.
- 3 pm – Breast again. Sometimes he sleeps, sometimes he’s very active, moving around a lot and “talking”. If he stays awake, the mother takes him out for fresh air.
- 6 pm – Bath and feed. Sometimes the bath is scheduled for 8:30 pm, before the 9 pm feeding.
- 9 pm – Breast again.
- 00h – Last feeding of the day.
- 6:30 or 7:00 – It starts all over again…
Routine of a baby who sleeps in the lap
- 8h – Wake up, feed, change the diaper and play. Then she stays in the stroller for a while “talking” to her mother while she does the housework.
- 10:00 – Outdoor walk, bath and massage.
- 10:30 am – Change the diaper, feed and sleep on your lap.
- 12:00 – Stroller or chair next to the mother, while she does other household chores (in case of crying, she goes to her lap).
- 13:30 – Changes the diaper, feedings lying in bed with the mother and sleeps next to her.
- Around 4 pm – Wake up and play.
- 17:00 – Change the diaper and feed. It stays in the stroller next to the mother while she has a snack.
- 18h30 – Plays with the father, while the mother has time for her.
- 19:30 – Bath with the father, while the mother also takes a bath and has dinner.
- 8:00 pm – feedings and sleeps on her lap for about two hours.
- 10 pm – Goes to the crib (from 11 pm, after having some time together, the mother or father goes to the baby’s room, where he sleeps in an auxiliary bed).
- Early morning – There are days when you wake up at 1 am and at 5 am; in others, it only wakes up at 3 am. Change the diaper and feed until you fall asleep again.
Routine of a baby who sleeps with his parents
- 6:30 am – Wake up and feed.
- Throughout the morning – Stay in the lap, play and listen to music (in addition to feedinging).
- 12:30 – feeding and sleeping.
- Throughout the afternoon – Walks in the sling, plays and stays in the lap (relays between the mother and a grandmother).
- 3 pm – Breast and nap.
- 16:00 – Wakes up and, if not on her lap, is in a rocking chair where her mother is.
- 6 pm – feeding and napping again.
- 19:00 – Bath together with the father.
- 7:30 pm – Play, listen to music.
- Until bedtime – Mama.
- 11:30 pm – feedings and sleeps in a crib glued to the parents’ bed. If he is restless or ill, he goes to bed with his parents.
- Early morning – Wakes up every 3 hours to feed.
Routine of a baby who doesn’t sleep much during the day
- During the day – Breast every 3 hours, no schedule. Change the diaper after feeding, when it is dirty. Sleeps little, staying awake most of the time. Easily irritated and wants to be held.
- 5pm – Bath.
- During the night – Sleeps, waking up every 3 hours to feed.
Note: The mother is trying to teach the baby to stay more in the stroller during the day so, according to her, to gain some breath and moments for herself.
A Super Sleepy Baby Routine
- 5:30 am or 6:00 am – Wake up, feed, change the diaper and sleep.
- 10:00 – Take a shower, feed and go back to sleep soundly.
- 14:00 – Wakes up, feeds, changes the diaper and stays up playing.
- 4 pm – feed a little more and go back to sleep. Sleeps in the living room, listening to music.
- 20h – Wakes up, feeds, changes the diaper, plays with the father and goes to the crib.
- 1 am – Wakes up to feed and goes back to sleep until the next morning.
Routine of a very young baby who feedings every 2 hours
- All day – Breast every 2 hours, on both breasts. There is a 5-minute break between one breast and the other, and the mother takes the opportunity to change the diaper. She always sleeps after each feeding.
- 20:00 – Take a shower.
- At the end of the day – Be more active. It is difficult to sleep and has difficulty staying asleep.
Routine of a baby who has no routine!
- 4 am or 5 am – Wakes up and feedings.
- During the day – Wake up, feed and sleep without schedules.
- 4 pm – Shower, feed and sleep well.
- 7:00 pm – Mother wakes up the baby to feed. Baby cries a lot and wants to feed constantly.
- 0h or more – Go back to sleep.
- 4 am or 5 am – It starts all over again…
Note: In the first weeks, the baby had more predictable schedules and breastfed and slept better.
This guide about newborn baby care first month offers basic and superficial tips on how to care for your baby in the first few months. However, it is essential to emphasize that it does not replace the guidance of a qualified health professional. Each baby is unique and may have individual needs and conditions that require personalized assessment and care.
Therefore, always consult a doctor, pediatrician or other trusted specialist for specific and appropriate guidance for your baby.
Your child’s safety and well-being are top priorities, and a trained professional will be able to provide the right guidance to meet your newborn baby care first month’s specific needs.
Happy baby happy life!