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How should I care for my 1-month-old baby?

Here are some tips for taking care of your one-month-old baby:
  • Listen up. Your child can't talk, but she may be "pinging" you by sending nonverbal cues about what she wants and needs. Mimic her sounds, and pay attention to how she responds to you, too. She may start making little noises or barks -- it's fun to echo them back to her.
  • High-contrast toys (black-and-white) are great at this age. Choose them over pastel-colored ones, which will be harder for baby to focus on.
  • If your baby has colic (crying and fussing more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 days in a given week), you can try to flex her legs at the knees and hips to see if you can relieve some gas. A ride or walk also can help.
  • For general fussiness, music also may soothe the savage beast. Your own voice may be perfect, and a known quantity; or you can try listening to something both of you might like, just not too jarring or head-banging.

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