Its only two months but your tiny little person has changed so much. He makes more sounds now. He moves his body in a more controlled manner. And he stays awake for longer stretches during the day. You have probably already seen that adorable first smile too, which means you have been doing an excellent job!
So what’s next?
Stick with us as we explore the most exciting 2 month old milestones to look forward to and some of the ones you don’t want to miss.
What You Should Know
- Most babies in the second month will sleep for shorter stretches at daytime and longer periods at night.
- Take your baby to his 2 month old checkup and make sure he is getting all the recommended vaccines so he can stay healthy right from the beginning.
- If you are breastfeeding, ask your doctor about vitamin D supplements.
- Ensure you are having regular tummy time with your 2 month old to work those arm, shoulder, and neck muscles.
The Most Adorable 2 Month Old Milestones
In the second month, your child probably looks completely different from how he did in the first month. Or maybe you got to wait another month! Babies are different and so is their growth and development. If yours is not there yet, don’t worry, but if you are finding it a concern, talk to a pediatrician. Below is what to expect in your 2 month old baby developmental milestones.
1. Weight And Length
The average 2 month old baby will weigh between 11.5 and 12.4 pounds for boys and between 10.9 and 11.2 pounds for girls, with a length of 23 inches and 22.5 inches respectively.
But these parameters can be affected by many factors, so don’t worry if your baby is heavier or lighter than this. The most important thing is to make sure he is growing at a steady rate, so don’t miss any of your pediatrician’s visits.
Generally, your baby will have more noticeable chubby rolls and legs. This is because, at this stage, babies haven’t started to move much, so all their energy is stored in their bodies as fat.
2. The Senses
At 2 months, your baby can see people and objects up to 18 inches away. His eyes move more now, his focus is more improved, and he may even track moving objects. He can follow you with his gaze up to 180 degrees!
Also, you will notice that those black and white patterns your baby was obsessed with in the first month don’t entice him anymore. He loves patterns that are more complex now. Good thing? There are many nice toys for 2 month olds that can please him and help develop his eyesight.
So, can a 2 month old see color, you may ask?
Unfortunately, your 2 month old cannot see a color until he is around 5 months. His eyes are still not developed enough to form a 3D view of the world or see things in depth.
You will find that your baby actively listens when you speak. He will seem delighted at what you say. Sometimes, you will even see him try to respond by moving his legs and arms in excitement.
Your little one loves your touch and still longs for those skin-to-skin sessions you started during the first month. After bathing or massaging your baby, place him on your chest and cover yourselves up with a warm blanket for about 30 minutes. This not only relieves baby of stress and helps him cry less, but also strengthens the bond between you two.
At birth, your baby can already recognize your natural scent. So by the time he is 2 months old, his sense of smell is highly developed and this is what he uses to know you.
While your baby can taste a lot of stuff at this age, the taste buds responsible for detecting sour foods are not fully developed yet. But baby can still tell sweet from sour, his fondness being sweet foods like breast milk and baby formula.
3. Motor Skills
If you have been keeping track of your 2 month old milestones, you may have already seen a lot of changes in your baby’s movements. If not, you are probably asking yourself, “What will my 2 month old be doing?”
So, your 2 month old will be doing the following:
- Lift his head when you put him in a sitting position and his shoulders when you lay him on his tummy. Your baby is getting stronger now and you need to give him plenty of tummy time. This will allow him more time to practice lifting his head and shoulders, which will help strengthen his neck and shoulder muscles.
If you are wondering, “How long should I do tummy time with my 2 month old?” then know that tummy time with a 2 month old should last for at least 15 minutes. You can split this into 3 sessions of about 4 or 5 minutes each a day.
- Kick stronger with his legs strengthened out
- Move more smoothly. Though the baby will be moving a lot, the movements will appear less jerky and more coordinated.
- Smile when you make faces or play with him
- Become more aware of his hands. Hasn’t started calming himself down by sucking his fists yet? Don’t worry. He could start any day now!
- Cooing and gurgling. Your 2 month old is already starting to show enthusiasm towards saying his first words. He will respond to the voices around him with coos, gurgles, and cute big smiles. This is one of the most blissful 2 month old baby development stages you don’t want to miss!
Your 2 Month Old Food
In the second month, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby might still be taking up a huge part of your day. Like the first month, watch out for signs that the baby is hungry and feed him accordingly. Crying, sucking, or smacking lips could all signal that your baby needs to feed. If he is well-fed, he will turn away from the breast or feeding bottle and fall asleep.
How Much Should My 2 Month Old Eat?
A formula-fed 2 month old should eat about 4 or 5 ounces, every 3 to 4 hours. But like all humans, he may need to eat whenever he feels extra hungry and sometimes he just won’t eat much. That is normal. Breastfed babies should nurse every 2 or 3 hours, or on-demand.
How Often Should A 2 Month Old Poop?
A breastfed 2 month old should poop 3 or 4 times a day. The poop will be seedy and runny with little odor. Bottle-fed babies will poop between 2 times a day to once every 3 days, sometimes once in 4 days.
Exclusively, babies who breastfeed rarely get constipated. They can go for days without having any bowel movements and be perfectly fine. If your little one is constipated, his tummy will feel hard and he will pass stool in hard balls. Here are infant constipation causes and remedies.
Best Feeding Practices For 2 Month Olds
- Always check your formula bottles and cans to make sure the contents are not expired
- Get rid of any open or expired cans and bottles of formula that the baby is not using
- Examine your feeding equipment and bottles regularly to make sure they are cleaned properly and nothing is broken. Replace broken bottle nipples, fix faulty breast pumps, and make sure no mold is forming in feeding bottles.
2 Month Old Sleep
The sleeping pattern of your baby is evolving but in the second month, it is still not fully established. He can sleep up to 15 hours a day but sleep periods are inconsistent; the baby will still keep you awake at night, especially if he is breastfeeding, as he will generally wake up to feed every 2 or 3 hours.
How Long Should A 2 Month Old Sleep?
A 2 month old should sleep about 15 to 16 hours a day and 8 hours at night. If he takes three naps in the daytime, that should be about 7 hours of sleep during the day. Night stretches can vary from one baby to another, but most 2 month olds will have about 4 or 5 hour periods, with some even sleeping for 6 hours straight!
How Long Should A 2 Month Old Sleep At Night Without Eating?
A 2 month old can sleep for 5 or 6 hours at night without waking up to feed. Whether your baby is on breast milk, formula or both, and no matter how much you feed him before he sleeps, he can hardly do an entire 8-hour stretch.
Should I Wake My 2 Month Old To Eat During The Day?
No, you should not wake your 2 month old to eat during the day, unless he is sleeping more than 4 hours without feeding. Most babies will have stretches of about 2 or 3 hours in the daytime, therefore they will probably not get hungry in their sleep. The only time this can happen is if they are not fed properly before being put to nap.
Important Tip: Parents are advised to give 2 month olds a pacifier during naps and nighttime. Experts are still not sure how baby pacifiers work but this little item has been found to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome significantly.
A Day In A 2 Month Old Life
Your 2 month old milestones will determine what kind of life you will have with your little one. If he has hit all of them, then you can expect lots of smiles, movements, and generally lots of activity.
However, all this will depend on the kind of personality your baby has developed over those two months. For example, maybe he still gets fussy at night or wants to be moved around in a carrier. Perhaps he just prefers to stay awake and look around. Babies, like adults, can want different things, no matter how young they are.
How Do I Play With My 2 Month Old?
There are many ways you can play with your 2 month old to keep him entertained and help him grow:
- Read books and look at pictures together
- Sing and talk to baby
- Smile and act excited whenever the baby makes a sound. Imitate his sounds but also whenever possible, use clear language to help him learn new words.
- Have daily tummy sessions
- Encourage baby to reach for toys
Can Babies Watch TV At 2 Months?
Experts argue that babies should not watch TV at 2 months. Excessive watching of TV, video or anything that offers passive entertainment at this age has been associated with poor cognitive development, attention control problems, and aggressive behavior.
Instead of letting your 2 month old watch TV, play with him. Playing is an activity with lots of benefits for children. It is the perfect catalyst for your 2 month old baby development.
Is It OK To Sit A 2 Month Old Baby?
Yes, it is very OK to sit a 2 month old baby. It is one of the best ways to prevent him from rolling, scooting, or twisting. However, you should never sit your baby up without support because, at this age, he has not developed enough upper body strength to help him sit on his own.
My Babies Planet Overview
The second month with your new baby can be exciting and you will notice quite a several changes in your little person. There will be more activity than the previous month and too much growth both in his senses and in his overall body coordination. You may also be getting a little more sleep at night!
Not there yet? Worry not! Your baby may just be taking a little longer to hit these milestones. As long as you are feeding him properly and taking him to all his checkups, your little one should be fine. He will catch up sooner than you think.