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Your Baby: 2 Months

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Our Success By 6 Pediatrician, Dr. Mary Kay Wagner, host of our "Your Baby" series  discusses the finer points of living with a 2 month old baby.

Q: When your baby reaches two months old, what are some of the typical physical milestones can parents expect?

A: At two months the baby will be smiling and cooing.  Baby should be supporting his head and begins to push up in the prone position.  She should have consistent head control in the supported sitting position, and show symmetrical movements of head, arms and legs.

Q: Socially, what are two month old babies doing?

A: Socially, a baby at 2 months of age will make attempts to look at parents, smile, and is able to console and comfort himself.  He will begin to demonstrate different types of crying, coos and has clearer behaviors to indicate needs.  He can indicate boredom as well as happiness, hunger, etc.

Q: Of course, sleeping is a big concern for parents- is there a typical time when babies start to sleep longer?

It varies.  Typically, the breast fed newborn will awaken every 2-3 hours for feeding.  This changes, so that by 2 months of age some babies will be just waking once or twice at night.  By 6 months of age, some infants can sleep for 6-8 hours at a time. However, every baby is different .  Having a regular bedtime routine will encourage good sleeping habits.  Always place babies in their own crib to sleep - not in the parents bed.  Initially, a baby might sleep in parents room, but sometime after 2 months of age, can transition to their own room.  Some suggestions for establishing a bedtime routine include:  putting infant to bed when he is drowsy but not asleep.  This will help your baby learn that he can go to sleep on his own.  Then, when he awakens at night, he will be more likely to be able to go back to sleep without your help.  This approach will help both you and your baby get a good night's sleep. 

Q: What about naps? At this age, how many naps a day are considered normal?

 A: Once again, this varies.  For a busy mom that is taking other children to and from school and running errands all day, those "naps" may be brief and occur when in the car.  To establish a more regular nap time routine, it is helpful to have a fairly predictable schedule each day.  Newborn infants can literally wake to feed and then fall asleep - they may sleep 20 hours a day.  This obviously changes as babies get older.  Typical 2-4 month olds may take 2-3 naps during the day that last from 1-3 hours.      

Q: What is the best part of having a 2 month old in the house?

At 2 months of age, babies are beginning to become a social member of the family.  Their quick smiles and coos are great rewards to parents - especially during those middle of the night feedings!