Your baby’s developmentTwo months old, and she’s already telling you like it is.
All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friend's children. In general, by the end of your baby's second month, she will likely be able to do the following:
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- Smile when you touch or talk to her
- React to loud sounds by startling, crying, or getting very quiet
- No longer keep her hands in tight fists
- Begin recognizing you and your partner as the parents
- Be able to lift her chest off the floor using her forearms for support
More than meets the eye
It may appear that your baby is passive – eating, sleeping, and waiting for you to do things for him.
The truth is, your baby is always reaching out
- Seeking ways to adapt to the world outside the womb (sleeping is one way he learns to organize his life, turning off the environment to conserve energy needed to grow)
- Giving you signals – watching him closely, you’ll learn how much or little stimulation he can handle, and when he’s ready for talking, feeding, singing, or playing (“I’m happy and ready to play” signals include open eyes, relaxed arms and legs, and maybe even a tight, playful grip around your finger)
- Ready to say enough is enough – if baby is played with, talked to, or fed too much, he may grimace, turn and look away, clench his fists, and wriggle or spit up (these messages say, "Slow down, please. I need more peace and quiet.")
Establishing sleep patterns for your two-month-old
By the time your baby is 6-12 weeks old, he'll probably be sleeping for longer stretches of the night. If he's not, you may have to help him learn to fall back to sleep on his own.
Here are a few tricks
- Put him in his crib, instead of rocking or holding him
- Wait until he ’s groggy, but still awake; then lay him in his crib, say "good night," turn off the light, and leave the room
- If he cries, wait a few minutes before returning
- If he continues to cry, go back in the room (leaving the light off), rub him, and talk to him in a soothing voice until he quiets down, then say "good night" and leave the room again
- If he begins to cry again, repeat this pattern until he falls asleep
It may take a few days, but he’ll get the hang of it. Establishing this skill when your baby is still young will help prevent bedtime battles later.
Your baby’s nutritionSome fussiness is fine. Really distressed? Watch the dairy.
All babies are fussy and gassy at times, but if it seems your baby has more frequent fussiness and gas than you think is normal, she could have milk-protein sensitivity.* Reactions can include:
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- Skin rashes
- Watery stools
Contact your healthcare provider, who can determine whether your baby should be fed a special formula such as Similac® Soy Isomil®, or if you breastfeed, whether you should eliminate dairy from your diet.
*Consult a healthcare professional if a milk-protein sensitivity is suspected, and before changing baby formulas.
This guide helps you understand him a little better, by explaining:
- Your baby’s learning style and how he takes in information
- How your baby communicates
- 2-month-old sleep patterns
- By month two, your baby will also get to know you better, smiling and actually recognizing the woman who's changed his diapers for the last 28 days.