LittlePeopleLogo     Normal Development: Birth to 1 Month


The infant behaves largely in terms of reflex actions: crying, grasping, yawning, swallowing, sucking, blinking, coughing, gagging, sneezing.

Moves with jerky, mostly uncontrolled motions.

Reflexively grasps whatever is placed in hand and sucks whatever is placed in the mouth.

Is startled by sudden noises and movements.

Cannot support head without assistance.

Usually sleeps from 17 to 20 hours per day.

Cries and fusses about 1 to 4 hours out of a 24-hour day.

Cannot focus clearly and sees best at 8 to 10 inches.

Begins to distinguish a parent's face from a stranger's face.

Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's development. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. Consequently, these guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and some later than these guidelines suggest.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development please contact your physician.