Baby development at month 2
By month two the stream of visiting well-wishers will have slowed and you should be settling into life with your little one. You’ll see a big difference in the development of a 2 month old baby, compared to that tiny newborn you brought home from the hospital, but keep in mind that every baby develops at their own pace. Your child may reach developmental milestones earlier or later than average. If you do have any concerns, your doctor can advise you.
Let’s look at what you can expect across the key areas of baby development 2 months into your parenting journey.
Your baby will be growing at a rapid rate during month two, and can be expected to grow by 2.5cm – 4cm and gain around 900g in weight. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the average 2 month old baby weight is between 5kg and 5.6kg.
At around the six weeks mark, many parents report a growth spurt where baby feeds for longer and more frequently, and puts on more weight than usual. Your baby’s developing alertness might also mean that they seem fussier and unsettled.
If your baby was born with hair, don’t be concerned to see it becoming patchy and falling out. This happens because baby is no longer sharing your hormones so their hair entered a ‘resting state’ after birth. When baby’s hair enters a new growth cycle, the old hair is pushed out to make way for the new.
By month two, baby’s neck muscles should be stronger. You might notice him lifting his head when lying on his back, and raising it to about a 45 degree angle while lying on his tummy. ‘Tummy time’ is still important for developing these muscles further.
Parents will be relieved to find baby sleeping for longer periods at night, and spending more time awake during the day. This can be a good time to start a bedtime routine, to help signal night-time for your baby.
Another important reminder to consider as your baby approaches the two month mark is immunizations. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider to plan an immunization schedule to ensure your baby gets the protection he needs.
At two months old your baby’s natural sucking reflex is still strong, and you might find that they’re quickly calmed by sucking on a dummy or their own fingers. The British Dental Health Foundation and the UK National Health Service (NHS) advises against using dummies for babies over the age of 12 months, so weigh up the pros and cons before giving your baby a dummy to soothe them.
Baby’s movements will now be smoother and they might ‘bicycle’ with their feet when excited. One activity that your baby is sure to enjoy, even when tiny, is heading outdoors with you and other children – so try to get out for walks in the fresh air when you can.
Although a two month old baby will still cry to communicate their needs, you should also notice them trying out other sounds such as gurgling and cooing. You can encourage your baby’s language skills by continuing to talk and sing to them – they will be extra responsive to the sounds a parent is making.
Your baby might also show an interest in simple toys and picture books, especially ones that are black and white, have bold colors or contrasting patterns. A brightly colored activity mat/baby gym with hanging toys is a popular choice for parents to buy at this stage.
Baby’s vision is still developing and it’s normal for their eyes to appear to wander. If you are concerned however, seek the advice of a healthcare professional. By two months old, most babies will be able to follow an object across their field of vision and are likely to find their own hands fascinating.
A two month old baby might also recognise the faces and voices of those closest to him – usually mum and dad. You might also find him starting to recognise some familiar objects.
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