2 Month Old Baby

2 Month Old Baby

Caring for a 2 month old baby is pretty much the same than for a month year old. However, by now you most likely figured out that sleeping when your baby is sleeping is the only way to battle sleep deprivation and learned what different types of crying mean. After all, there are not many possible triggers of crying – hunger, sleepiness/tiredness or a wet diaper.

What To Expect:
Except for growing bigger and stronger, you can expect to receive the first smile from your baby. Your 2 month old baby is also able to see and hear better, and will start responding to both your face and voice. He or she cannot talk back and you will still need to get pretty close for your baby to be able to see you clearly because at this age, they do not see further than 18 inches away. However, it is recommendable to talk and sing to your baby because he or she will start talking back a lot earlier if often spoken to. Sleep pattern in a 2 month old baby is not fully established yet, so do not expect to be able to have a good night sleep. At this age, babies still sleep up to 16 hours a day but most certainly do not sleep when you want them to. If you are breastfeeding, expect to be woken up every 2 to 3 hours. Remember though that it is only a few weeks more, of course, under condition that you start sending signals to your baby that the night is when he or she is supposed to sleep. It is still too soon for sleep training but if you speak quietly and keep the lights low for instance, your baby will start associating the night with sleeping and the day with fun activities. At the age of 2 months, babies have a better coordination of movements and are able to keep their head and chest lifted a little bit longer if placed on their tummy.

What You Need To Know:
Keep in mind that the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is highest between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back and make sure that the mattress is firm enough and that there are no unnecessary objects including toys in the crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends offering the baby a pacifier to sleep with. Also, be sure that your baby is alert during tummy time and never leave him or her unattended when laying on his or her stomach. Do not forget to take your baby to postnatal check-up. It is recommendable to take your baby to your doctor sometime between 6 and 8 weeks of age to make sure that he or she is developing normally. Keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination against hepatitis B; rotavirus vaccine; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine; Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine; pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and inactivated poliovirus vaccine at the age of 2 months.

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