By 2 months after birth, as a parent, you and your baby are communicating with each other. Parents can gain your baby’s attention, and your baby responds to your cues. Your baby looks into your eyes, smiles, coos, and vocalizes reciprocally. He or she is attentive to your voices and reacts with enjoyment when his or her senses are stimulated with pleasant sights, sounds, and touch. Your infant’s responses to you when you cuddle him or her or talk and sing to him or her provide important feedback. Let’s look at some of the 2 Month Old Development Milestones.
By this age, your baby has established a regular feeding and sleeping schedule. The bottle-fed baby is fed approximately every 3 to 4 hours; the feedings may be more frequent for the breastfed baby. Night feedings may occur less frequently now. Your baby will not need solid foods until he or she is 4–6 months old, and parents should wait until then to introduce cereal. Adding cereal to your baby’s bottle will not help him or her sleep through the night.
Your baby can now hold his or her head upright for brief periods of time while he or she is being held. You baby’s weight, length, and head circumference continue to increase along his or her predicted growth curve.
Parents may still feel tired and need to take naps. Typically, you have settled into your new roles, learning how to divide the tasks of caring for your baby, yourself, and the needs of the family. Some parents are returning to work need to make plans for future care giving arrangements. Concerns about leaving your baby may conflict with the need to support the family or pursue career goals. Separation often brings guilt feelings that need to be resolved.
Quality, affordable child care is a concern at this stage because caregivers should provide developmental stimulation as well as physical care. Although many families rely on relatives or friends to care for their children, such caregivers do not always have the necessary skills. Child care courses are often available through community hospitals or organizations such as the American Red Cross.
Ideally, parents plan some time to spend together. Single parents may choose to spend time on outside interests and relationships. It is also important that other children in the family have some time alone with their parents for activities they enjoy. Parents can encourage responsible siblings to participate in the care of the baby to alleviate feelings of being left out.
Mothers should have had a postpartum checkup by this time. They should also have discussed family planning arrangements with their partner and the health professional.
Developmental Milestones for 2 Month Old
- Coos and vocalizes reciprocally
- Is attentive to voices
- Shows interest in visual and auditory stimuli
- Smiles responsively
- Shows pleasure in interactions with adults,
- especially parents and other primary caregivers
- In prone position, lifts head, neck, and upper
- chest with support on forearms
- Has some head control in upright position
Be sure that your baby is gaining enough weight. If you are breastfeeding: Be sure that breastfeeding is of appropriate frequency and duration. Discuss with the health professional any problems you are having with breastfeeding.
Talk with the health professional about giving your breastfed baby a daily supplement of vitamin D if you are vitamin D–deficient or if your baby does not receive adequate exposure to (indirect) sunlight.
If you are bottle-feeding: Be sure that your baby receives a sufficient amount of iron-fortified formula at the appropriate frequency. Hold your baby in a semi-sitting position to feed her.
Please be careful, do not warm expressed breast milk or formula in containers or jars in a microwave oven.
Delay the introduction of solid foods until your baby is ready, usually at about 4–6 months of age. Do not give your baby honey during the first year. It is a source of spores that can cause botulism in infancy.
Promote Your baby’s Development
- Nurture your baby by holding, cuddling, and rocking him or her, and by talking and singing to him or her.
- Encourage your baby’s vocalizations. Talk to him or her during dressing, bathing, feeding, playing, and walking.
- Read to your baby. Play music and sing to him or her. Establish a bedtime routine and other habits to discourage night waking.
- Stimulate your baby with age-appropriate toys.
Each child is different, the Infant Developmental Milestones for 2 Month Old is just a guideline for your reference. Your 2 Month Old Development milestones may be different.