Month 1

One Month Old

Your First Newsletter

Congratulations on the new addition to your family and welcome to ‘Welcome Baby’, monthly newsletters, designed to help you and your baby better understand each other.

Having a newborn provides can be overwhelming, beautiful, exhausting, and so sweet. It’s a lot. Take a deep breath. Welcome Baby is here for you – we know you might have questions and concerns. Please text or call, 360.922.2644 – we can help.

What’s in this newsletter?

Diapers, wipes, & more! • Diaper Need • One Month Milestones
Parenting Tips: Safe Sleeping • Resource Connection

United Way of Skagit County’s Diaper Bank

Like Welcome Baby, the Diaper Bank of Skagit County is another community focused program , is here to distribute diapers, so if you are in need, facing financial hardship, and not receiving diapers from WIC or through another agency, call or text Welcome Baby at 360-922-2644 for more information.

One Month Milestones

Here’s a short video crammed with advice and tips – and we’ve written out the key points below for quick reference if you have any questions.

Healthy Bodies

Natural reflexes: A newborn produces an immediate grasp reflex; Your baby will turn their head toward the breast or bottle when they are hungry.

Vision is poor, they can only see objects about one foot away.

Muscle control is improving, but they may be jerky. When your child is awake, make sure to give him or her some tummy time so they start to build muscle control. They may only tolerate this for a very short time – under 5 minutes.

Weight gain is not gradual, but happens in spurts.

Newborns sleep about 14-17 hours around the clock. Because they need to eat frequently, around every two hours, it is not realistic for them to sleep through the night yet.

Happy Hearts

CUES Have you noticed that your child might have a different cry based on if they need a diaper change, are tired, or hungry?

Congratulations! You have cracked the code! When your child gives you a cue and you respond appropriately, your child learns that they can trust you.

Babies are sensitive to your moods and may become fussy or agitated if they sense you are angry, short-tempered, or depressed.

Babies cry frequently at this stage. The good news is, they will typically calm down if you hold and comfort them or respond to their cues.

Your child loves to look at your face. So smile.

Engaged Minds

Your baby’s brain is a sponge!

Your child will start to track you with their eyes or turn to the sound of your voice.

They may even reach up for something that catches their eye.

Your baby may cry if they are feeling bored or under-stimulated.

Millions of Words

Prior to birth, babies are listening to language. They hear mom’s voice and recognize it when they are born.

Talk to your baby constantly and read to them! Babies have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and significant caregivers for healthy brain growth and development.

Next Month…

You can expect baby’s first genuine smile, cooing and gurgling, better muscle control and weight gain! This is where crying tends to peak, so check back next month for survival tips.

Parenting Tips: Safe Sleep

Infants sleep about 14-17 hours round the clock. Typically they wake up every 2-3 hours to eat (if not more). You may feel like the walking dead, desperate to sleep a few winks any way you can. Don’t worry about a sleep schedule just yet. You are still getting to know each other and adjust to life together. The most important thing to remember is safety.

Safe Sleep Recommendations from
the American Academy of Pediatrics

1: Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.

2: Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.

3: Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

4: Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Join the Welcome Baby Community

Follow the Welcome Baby Facebook Page today! We post tons of great resource information, parenting tips, and the occasional meme. We have also been inviting experts to broadcast live with us on a range of important parenting topics. Be sure to check out the following videos:

Safe Sleep and More:

Emily Bianconi from Skagit Pediatrics shares information about safe sleep and bedtime routines.

Kindergarten Readiness:

Even though your baby is only 1 month old – kindergarten readiness starts now! Michelle Kiehn, Early Learning Specialist and Transitional Kindergarten Teacher at Centennial Elementary and Early Learning Fellow Emeritus for Mount Vernon School District, shares information on how how to prepare your child for kindergarten.

Resource Spotlight

Skagit Community Action

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 with food and nutrition education. Community Action’s WIC Nutrition Program helps give children a healthy start for life with: $40 to $50 in healthy foods each month, Information on children’s growth and nutrition, tips and assistance for a successful breastfeeding experience, community information referrals, and friendly, individualized, caring services