The Power of Parenting

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Intellectual Development: Your Baby at One Month

Intellectual Development means being able to think creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems and develop keen judgement along with a lifelong readiness to learn.

Typical Skills
  • Cries when hungry or uncomfortable
  • May make throaty sounds like ‘ooooh’ or ‘aaaah’
  • Enjoys being talked to and responds to voices/sounds
  • Pays close attention to faces of those closest to him
  • Responds to loud or sudden noises with a sudden start (early signs of a developing response system)
  • Focuses on high contrast patterns and faces; prefers these to bright or big objects
Emerging Skills
  • Turns toward familiar sounds and voices
  • Can distinguish men from women, and mother from other women’s voices
  • Can distinguish everyday speech from non-speech sounds
  • Responds to positive and negative expressions as well as subtle differences in a parent’s voice
  • Co-ordinates eyes and tracks objects, e.g., follows toy from side to centre of his body but only if it is in his line of vision

If you do this:

  • Respond to your baby's cry with a song, a soothing voice and a hug
  • Respond when your baby is startled by noise
  • Feel his needs are being responded to
  • Feel a sense of security in your response to his needs
If you do this:

  • Hold your baby and let her see your face as much as possible
  • Say rhymes, sing songs or speak softly
  • Study and learn your facial features
  • Responds to the sound and pitch of a parent's voice, i.e., may quiet down, gurgle, coo, etc.
If you do this:

  • Describe what is happening as you go through daily routines
  • Sing familiar songs
  • Learn to associate a positive tone with nurturing activities
  • Become familiar with certain sounds and your voice