Your baby is now 2 months old. The first few months of your baby’s life in the outside world have probably been characterised by lots of sleeping (for them, not you…), feeding, and crying. This month marks the beginning of some rapid developmental changes for your baby and, before you know it, your baby will be communicating with you by facial expressions and body posture.
Despite everything you’ve learned in the first few months, you probably still have many questions about how to care for your 2-month baby. What’s the average baby weight of a 2-month-old? What should their feeding schedule be? How much should a 2-month-old eat? This article answers all of these questions, and many more, as we aim to prepare you as best as possible for life with a 2-month-old baby.
Baby Development by Month: Second Month
Your baby has changed in remarkable ways since it left your womb and, although it may seem tough at times, the 2-month mark is usually when the level of crying is at its peak. Once the baby has become accustomed to its new surroundings outside the womb, the crying tends to dissipate, and they will be less fussy.
Your baby probably still won’t sleep throughout the whole night, as this tends to happen at around month 3 or 4. But you should enjoy the intimate moments you have in the middle of the night as, pretty soon, you won’t have the opportunity again.
Average Baby Weight and Physical Changes
The average baby weight of a 2-month baby is 12.3 pounds for boys, and 11.3 pounds for girls. The average height is 23 inches for boys and 22 inches for girls. Try not to pay too much credence to the average sizes, however, is the variation in weight and length can vary greatly depending on the baby.
Your baby is getting stronger on a daily basis and will be developing neck muscles to help support its head on its own. Its limbs will also be straightening and lengthening out, to counter all those months curled up in a ball inside your womb.
Baby Movement Milestones
In the second month, a baby’s muscles are more relaxed and twitch less often. Their hands start to unfold, and they may be able to lift their head up slightly while lying on their tummy. They may also be able to grasp objects for a short length of time, too.
While they are gaining an increased control over their bodies, they still won’t have great coordination and, as such, won’t be able to play with toys too well. They may, however, be able to hold a toy for a brief moment if it is placed in their hands.
Baby Vision Development
A 2-month baby is constantly undergoing development to their visual abilities and, at this stage, they might even be able to recognise you. Typically, a 2-month old baby can see up to a distance of 18 inches. Color processing is also getting better and they will be able to differentiate between different hues more effectively. For premature babies, their sight can take slightly longer to develop.
Baby Hearing Development
A baby’s sense of hearing is already well-developed at the time of birth, having begun development as early as the first trimester of pregnancy. Yet, they may not be able to hear fully until they are 6 months old. They will, however, be able to recognize your voice, and will respond positively when they hear it. If a baby is restless, sometimes the familiar sound of a parent’s voice is all that’s required to soothe them and make them feel at ease again.
Baby Sense of Smell Development
A 2-month baby is still getting acquainted to the new smells from the outside world. Their sense of smell is how they recognize their parents, but they may also be able to begin recognizing other people through their scents, too. Strong smells can interrupt with a baby’s feeding time, though, so be careful to avoid strong fragrances when it’s time to nurse your child.
Baby Communication Milestones
Communication for a 2-month-old baby still largely consists of crying, grunting, and whimpering. If your baby makes a noise that sounds like it is trying to communicate with you, talk back. Having “conversations” with a baby is a great way to teach them the pacing and dynamic of speaking patterns.
It’s possible that your baby will be able to smile at month 2, and many parents experience their newborn’s first smile at this stage. Their cries and wails may become more distinct, too, in order to indicate that they are hungry, tired, or distressed.
2-Month-Old Baby Diet and Feeding Schedule
In general, babies don’t need solid foods until month 4. At this stage, your baby can still get all of the necessary nutrients from breast milk or baby formulas. In fact, giving a baby solid food too early can lead to allergies and difficulties in digesting. Usually, when a baby is old enough to sit up and support their own neck and head, they can start to eat solid foods.
A 2-month baby should be eating around 8 times a day, taking in around 2 ounces of nourishment at each feeding session. A feeding can take up to 20 minutes, depending on the baby, but can often take a lot less time.
2-Month-Old Baby Sleep Schedule
A 2-month baby will sleep between 14 and 17 hours every day, in intervals of 2 to 4 hour sessions. They will rarely sleep through the whole night and should rest as when they need it. At 2 months, your baby has not yet developed their own circadian rhythm and won’t be able to detect the difference between night and day.
How to Change Baby Sleep Schedule
During the first few months of your baby’s life in the outside world, you should follow their lead as to when and how long they should sleep for. Each baby’s schedule will be slightly different. Your baby should have the opportunity to nap on a frequent basis and you can start to teach them difference between day and night. Play with them during the day and keep them calm with the lights down at night.
Baby Emotional Development Milestones: Second Month
Your baby has reached a few important emotional development milestones this month. They are now able to comfort themselves when they are distressed, usually by putting their fist in their mouth or grasping something tight in their hands. They will make a determined effort to look for their parents when they hear and recognize their voices. They may also smile when they are happy.
Baby Daily Routine at Month Two
At 2-months old, your baby’s schedule may be slightly erratic, as it eats, sleeps and plays on a basis of necessity. Don’t worry too much about keeping to the clock at this stage, certain patterns will soon develop as you and your baby get more accustomed to their first months of life. As a loose itinerary, a lot of parents follow the itinerary of “eat, play, sleep”. This can be repeated as necessary throughout the day, though you should omit the playing from the night-time regime.
Another common practice for a month 2 baby routine is to stack feedings during the day so that your baby begins to learn that they eat during the day and sleep during the night. This shouldn’t be taken too literally, though, as your baby will need feeding throughout the night for the first few months.
Baby Symptoms: Is My Baby Healthy
Wondering whether your baby is healthy or not is probably the most common concern among new parents. Caring for a baby can be tricky business, so it’s normal to want everything to be as perfect as possible. It’s inevitable, though, that your baby will display some symptoms throughout their infancy, such as coughing, sneezing, or congestion.
If a baby is breastfed, it’s common for them to go days without having a bowel movement. If a baby is formula fed, however, they generally pass stools once or twice a day. Because of this, detecting constipation can become a bit of a minefield in young infants.
If your baby has difficulty with bowel movements, has hard or bloody stools, or doesn’t have a bowel movement for over 5 days, you may need to seek medical advice.
Most 2-month old babies will cough every now and then. Usually, it’s not a symptom that you need to be concerned with. Yet, sometimes, the cough may be an indication of a bigger problem, such as a sore throat, allergies, or respiratory illnesses. If a cough is accompanied by harsher symptoms, such as a fever, you should seek medical assistance.
As with coughing, congestion is a normal symptom for a 2-month baby, and it is a result of extra fluids accumulating in the nasal passageways. Although the symptom is usually harmless, you may want to consult your doctor if it persists, or if it begins to affect your baby’s ability to feed.
When to See a Doctor
Although most symptoms that your baby will experience will be minor and go away of their own accord, there are some symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored. Parents should look out for the following signs.
A fever is not an illness in itself and is, rather, a symptom of an illness. It is important, therefore, to look out fevers as they could be an indication of a bigger problem. They can be caused by various things, such as bacterial infections to wearing too many clothes, and should not be ignored. If your baby suffers a fever in conjunction with a lack of sleep, convulsions, or a refusal to eat, you should see a doctor immediately.
One of the most common symptoms for a 2-month baby is a skin rash. Rashes are usually caused by allergies, food sensitivities, reaction to fabric, or over washing. Baby skin rashes usually solve themselves with a bit of baby safe skin ointment, but sometimes, if accompanied by a harsh medical symptom such as a fever, they require further medical attention.
Refuses Breastfeeding or Bottle
If your baby is persistently refusing food, they may require medical assistance. You should seek help if they haven’t eaten for over 4 hours, have a fever, are constantly crying, or vomit after eating. A refusal to eat is more common in premature babies, as they are often still developing their ability to swallow.
Trouble swallowing is known as dysphagia, and it affects a large number of premature babies. If a baby suffers from dysphagia, they may have difficulty feeding properly, and you should visit your doctor as soon as possible to work out the best course of action. Signs that your baby is suffering from dysphagia include, weight loss, refusal to eat, and drooling.
Baby Checklist at Month Two
There are a some social, emotional, communication, and cognitive development milestones that your baby might reach at month 2. The following is a checklist of things to look out for this month.
- Baby begins smiling.
- Can calm themselves briefly.
- Turns head towards sounds.
- Begins to track things slowly with its eyes.
- Makes more fluid limb movements.
- Can hold head partially up when lying on tummy.
What does a 2-month-old baby do?
A 2-month baby has more control over their body than they did last month, but they still won’t be able to move fluidly or make any actions with conviction. They will start to recognise faces from a close distance, and their color vision is improving, too.
Can a 2-month-old baby watch TV?
Although it is not recommended for children under the age of 2 to watch TV, many parents do allow their babies to watch it. If you do choose to allow your 2-month-old to watch TV, it should be done in very short spells, and should not be used as a first port of call to calm your baby.
Do babies smile at 2 months?
A lot of parents witness their baby smile for the first time at 2 months old. The first smile can come at different times, though, depending on the baby, so don’t be discouraged if you have to wait a little longer.
How do you play with a 2-month-old baby?
Your baby will respond will to audible stimulation at 2 months, so a toy that plays music or makes noises will be good for your baby. They will also enjoy toys that have bright colors.
How often does a two-month-old baby poop?
The number of bowel movements that a 2-month baby can vary greatly. A formula-fed baby will generally poop around 1 to 2 times a day, while a breastfed baby can poop as much as 4 times a day, or as little as once every 5 days.