Caring For Your 2 Month Old Baby
Now that your baby has reached the two-month mark, you’ve probably gotten the hang of most parenting tasks. You’ve mastered the art of changing dirty diapers and have developed the perfect daily hygiene routine. There’s nothing you can’t do for your 2 month old baby!
Of course, it probably seems like your little one is growing and developing at the speed of light. This means you may start noticing new behaviors and habits. Sometimes, it can be hard to know what to expect from your infant.
In this post, the baby experts at Mustela will tell you everything you need to know about caring for your 2 month old baby. We’ll provide detailed information about the way your baby’s development, senses, motor skills, feeding, and sleeping habits should look. We’ll also cover immunizations, general childcare tips, and, finally, when to be concerned about your 2 month old baby.
Caring For Your 2 Month Old Baby
As you definitely already know, caring for a baby is a lot of work, but it’s also one of life’s most rewarding experiences. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve created this guide to caring for your 2 month old baby.
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Development
Your 2 month old baby has already grown a considerable amount. On average, female babies weigh about 11 pounds and are 22.5 inches in length (height) at two months of age. Two-month-old males are slightly larger, with an average weight of 12.2 pounds and an average length (height) of 23.25 inches.
It’s important to remember, however, that these are just averages, not guidelines. Each and every baby follows a different development path. So if your baby is slightly bigger or smaller than the averages, it’s definitely nothing to worry about.
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Senses
At around two months old, your little one’s vision is developing rapidly, but they can only see clearly up to two feet in front of them. They will also begin to distinguish between different colors and shapes. And at this point, your little one can recognize your and your partner’s faces!
Around the same time, your baby will also begin to recognize your and your partner’s voices. They will know these voices as mommy and daddy’s voices and will find them soothing. So continue talking, reading, and singing to your little one!
While your baby can’t speak, they can most certainly make noise. Around the two-month mark, your infant will begin to experiment with their vocal chords. This means plenty of cooing, gurgling sounds, squealing, and, of course, crying.
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Motor Skills
At the two-month mark, your baby will begin developing a number of new physical abilities. Here are a few milestones to look forward to:
- Smiling and making facial expressions
- Stronger, more distinct kicking while your baby is on their back
- Clasping objects in their tiny baby hands
- Opening and closing of their fists
- Using their arms to lift their shoulders off the ground during tummy time
- Moving their arms around more vigorously
Just as with your baby’s height and weight, the timing of these motor-skill achievements is just a rough average. If your baby hasn’t reached one of the milestones by now, it’s not something you should worry about.
For instance, your little one might have started opening and closing their fists at four weeks old but might not start lifting their shoulders off the ground until 3½ months. Not a problem! Every baby is different.
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Feeding Schedule
One of the most common questions new parents have is: can I feed my 2 month old baby solid foods? The answer is no. Your little one’s digestive system still isn’t ready for solid foods. For now, you should only be feeding your baby breast milk and/or baby formula.
If you’re feeding your baby exclusively breast milk, your little one will need to eat every two to three hours. Unfortunately, this includes nighttime. You’ll probably need to feed your baby once or twice throughout the night. Allow your baby to feed until they seem full and content.
If you’re using formula, you only need to feed your 2 month old baby six or seven times per day. This is roughly every three to four hours. Give your little one four to five ounces of formula at each feeding. Sometimes they will eat less, and other times they’ll want to eat more. Just as with adults, your baby’s appetite will vary, and that’s perfectly normal.
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Sleeping Habits
Your baby is probably sleeping 15 to 16 hours per day right now. That’s quite a bit, but most two month olds still can’t sleep through the whole night. If you’re one of the lucky parents whose baby is sleeping six or seven hours consecutively at night, be grateful! Four- or five-hour blocks of sleep are more common for 2 month olds.
To help your little one make it through the night with as little waking as possible, don’t let them sleep more than three consecutive hours during the day. If your little one has slept for three hours straight, wake them up and try to feed them. This will make sure they’re getting plenty to eat while also regulating their sleep habits.
You can also try teaching your baby to put themselves to sleep. When your little one seems fussy and drowsy, lay them down (on their back) in the crib and leave them alone until they doze off. At first, they may begin to cry and it might take some time for them to fall asleep. Eventually, they will become comfortable falling asleep on their own.
One final note on the topic: always put your child to sleep on their back. Never lay your little one down to sleep on their tummy, as this greatly increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Your 2 Month Old Baby’s Immunizations
Your child has already had a few immunizations by the time they hit the two-month mark. Your little one has probably had two rounds of the Hepatitis B vaccination, one in their first several days of life and the second around four weeks old.
Now, your 2 month old baby is ready for their first big round of immunizations. Here’s what babies typically receive at their two-month visit to the pediatrician’s office:
- Polio vaccine (IPV)
- Rotavirus vaccine (RV)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HIB)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
Fortunately, several of these vaccinations can be combined into one shot, so your little one will only receive two or three injections. It’s no fun watching your baby get shots, but it’s important for their health.
General Child-Care Tips
And, of course, never, ever leave your little one unattended. This is true in all circumstances, but it’s especially important when your 2 month old baby is resting on a high surface or near water. Never leave your little one alone, even if it’s just for 10 seconds!
It’s around two months that many infants begin to develop skin conditions, like cradle cap, eczema, or baby acne. Keep a close eye on your baby’s delicate skin, and be sure to address any potential issues.
Make sure that you’re always using baby-friendly skin care products, like Mustela’s. Our products are specially formulated to treat your little one’s delicate skin. We offer everything from cleansers and shampoos to baby wipes and soothing creams and lotions.
Finally, always give your baby plenty of hugs and kisses! Skin-to-skin contact is not only soothing for your 2 month old baby, it’s also crucial for their development!
When To Be Concerned
There are a few red flags to keep an eye out for in your 2 month old baby. Here are some signs that you need to take your little one to the doctor:
- A temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Difficulty breathing and/or severe wheezing
- Coughing that persists for more than a few days
- A sudden outbreak of a rash or hives that covers the entire body
- Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than 12 hours
If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure to take your loved one to the pediatrician’s office as soon as possible. And if you’re ever in doubt, consult your doctor for medical advice.
Your 2 month old baby is growing and developing quickly. Just follow the tips we’ve provided here, take plenty of photos, and try to cherish these moments as much as you can—they’ll be gone before you know it!