Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 1 Month

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Lifts his head when held against your chest; his head sags, flops forward or backwards when not supported.
  • All arm, leg and hand movements are still and they move with little control;. when lying on back, tonic neck reflex characterized by bobbing head (fencer’s position) still predominates; arms and legs are waving around.
  • When on tummy, turns head to clear nose from bed; lifts head briefly.

Emerging Skills

  • Fits his form to yours when held; grasps, clasps people.
  • Lifts head temporarily when lying on stomach.
  • Holds head in line with back when pulled to sitting position.


Learn about the Development Milestones for this stage:


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