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Baby development: what should your 2 month old baby be able to do

The baby at 2 months is more active than the newborn, however, interacts little and sleeps more than 15 hours a day. Some may be slightly agitated, tense, light sleepers who do not breastfeed with pleasure, while others may be quiet and calm, sleeping and eating well.

At this age, the baby likes to play for a few minutes, being able to smile in response to stimuli, gargle and move the body.

Baby development: what should your 2 month old baby be able to do

Weight of a 2 month old baby

This chart indicates the ideal baby weight for this age, however, the weight may vary slightly:

 BoysGirls
Weight5,0 kg (about 11 pounds)4,8 kg (about 10,5 pounds)
Height57 cm55 cm
Head circumference for age39 cm38 cm
Chest circumference37 cm36 cm
Monthly weight gain750 g750 g

On average, babies at this stage of development maintains a standard of weight gain of 750 g a month. However, the weight may be above the values indicated here, and in this case, it is possible that the baby is overweight and it is recommended to consult your pediatrician

2 month old baby's sleep pattern

A 2-month-old baby has a very irregular sleep pattern and so it is common at 2 months that about half of the babies who take artificial milk sleep the whole night, unlike babies who breast-feed, who wake up every 3 or 4 hours during the night to nurse.

For the baby to develop good sleep habits, some key tips include:

  • Put the baby in the crib while he is drowsy, but awake;
  • Do not let the baby sleep more than three consecutive hours during the day;
  • The feedings in the middle of the night should be short;
  • Do not wake the baby to change diapers at night;
  • Do not let your baby sleep in your bed;
  • Give the last feeding around bedtime.

Also, it is also important to always keep the same routine before bed.

Your 2-Month-Old Baby’s Development

The development of the baby at 2 months should be evaluated by their pediatrician, but at this age it is common for the baby to maintain his head, neck and upper chest, leaning on the forearms for a few seconds, support the head when in the arms of someone, when someone talks or cares for him, respond with a smile and shows satisfaction by moving his legs and arms and making some sounds and gesturing.

Their cry varies according to your needs, such as hunger, sleep, frustration, pain or need for contact and affection.

Up to 2 months, the baby has blurred vision and the colors and contrasts are not well defined, but brightly colored objects attract their attention.

What are the best games for a 2 month old baby

Playtime for the baby at 2 months can be helpful in stimulating and increasing the bond with the baby and so at this age parents can:

  • Hang objects, colored figures, mobiles in the cradle or where he stays during the day;
  • Do the baby's room with clear colors but with colorful pictures and mirrors;
  • Look directly into their eyes, within 30 cm of your face, smile, grimace or imitate their facial expression;
  • Sing to cheer or entertain the baby;
  • Talk a lot and repeat the sounds he makes;
  • Lay the baby on his back, crossing his arms over his chest and then stretching them out, up and down;
  • Massage the baby's skin after bathing with a relaxing music;
  • Shake a rattle close to the baby, await him to look and thank him in a soft, high-pitched voice.

At 2 months, the baby can take daily walks, preferably early in the morning, around 8 am, or late in the afternoon, starting at 5 pm.

What should a 2 Month old baby eat

Feeding the baby at 2 months should be exclusively breastfed, and breastfeeding should be continued until 6 months of age, if possible because breast milk has a very complete composition and, in addition, it works as a vaccine, protecting the baby from various infections. When the baby breastfeeds it is not necessary to give water to the baby because it provides all the hydration it needs.

If the mother has difficulty in breastfeeding, it is recommended that she supplement her own milk with milk formula adapted to the baby's age, as indicated by the pediatrician. This supplementation may be especially important during the summer in order to avoid dehydration.

If the baby takes a bottle, he may be more likely to have colics, but it can also occur in infants who are exclusively breastfed.

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