Development and Health Care for a 2 Month Old Baby

The growth of the 2 month old baby during this period is very fast. When lying on its side, it will lie in the fetal position, won’t move but chin will lift slightly. Drinking milk becomes especially enthusiastic and the 2 month old baby will appear visibly bigger.

Height55.2cm (Boy) 54.2cm (Girl)
Weight4.56kg (Boy) 4.36kg (Girl)
DevelopmentMovement of hands and feet will be more agile. Will smile when sees mother.
Milk FeedingPowdered milk 140cc 6 times. Breast milk separate every 2-3 hours.

The Special Characteristic of this Period

1. Increasingly Agile Body Movement

2 Month Old Baby

Both hands and feet of the 2 month old baby will now move in unison, it is also a natural part of their development to suck in their fingers. This behavior will naturally disappear at any time. Don’t worry; just wash the hands clean during this phase. The legs will slowly open in an M-shape. Every time the diapers are changed remember to stretch the legs and body, this will help baby development.

2. Physical Development Rapidly Increased

Newborn babies are unable to raise their head whilst crawling. But the head of a 1 month old baby will suddenly be able to lift and turn sideways; this is the result of the gradual development of the brain cells. Arms will have more strength. The babies will now be more familiar feeding from a bottle, and more flesh will grow on the body. The body weight will increase by 30g per day with a total of 1kg in the first month, and the height will increase by 3-4cm.

3. Sleep Less and Play More

At this stage, sleeping and feeding are still yet to form a daily rhythm, nevertheless the mother and baby are now getting more and more familiar with each other. Their eagerness for feeding is getting stronger and more familiar, and the volume per feed will also increase and will gradually develop into a rhythm. Therefore, if the babies are not sleepy or hungry, then spend 30 minutes playing. This type of play-time will gradually increase until they can be awake for 5-6 hours in the evening. During this time, there is no special need to feed milk.

Points to Note: Food for a 2 Months Old Baby

1. Establish Breast Feeding Schedule

All babies will have some differences. There will be some that constantly needs to be fed, and there are some that will not drink in the evening. Regardless of what the tendencies of the child are, you must try to establish a breast feeding rhythm. Typically they are fed once every 2-3 hours. If they are fed less times per day, then the quantity of each feed must be increased. If all the milk is drunk then sleep will be more fitful, but do not force the baby to drink. As stated previously, all babies will have differences. Gradually and naturally, find the right rhythm for your baby during 3-4 months after birth.

2. If Breast Milk is Insufficient, combine with Powdered Milk

The serving during this period is 120-160cc each time and it will take around 15-20 minutes to drink, breast milk will take around 15 minutes. It is best however to finish the feed within 20 minutes. 80-90% will be taken in the first 5 minutes. For babies that continue to feed for over 30 minutes, or even for an hour and are still wanting more, you must check if the serving is sufficient. If the baby’s weight gain is insufficient, maybe it is breast milk that is not enough, so you must combine it with milk powder to fill up.

Intellectual and Emotional Development

1. Will Begin to Smile

15 days after birth, the pupils of the eyes will appear, so the baby will start to stare and the eye sight will gradually develop. From one month old, they can begin to see clear shapes. Babies will pay particular attention to people’s faces, they will even laugh when they see their mothers face. At this time you can hang some mobiles for the baby to look at and train their vision. The position of the mobile should be around 30cm above the baby’s chest.

2. Familiar Sounds

Hearing is already very acute, even the smallest of sounds can shock the baby. Loud and sudden sounds will cause the baby to cry and flourish their hands and feet. They will not show any special reaction to common sounds, but mother’s voice or pleasant sounding bells will draw their attention. When hearing mothers cooing sounds, the baby will happily wiggle their arms and legs and make some sounds of their own.

Health Care

1. Massage

At regular fixed times, give the child a gentle massage. This can help the child’s blood circulation. The skin’s energy paths (according to Traditional Chinese Medicines) become strong and will be very helpful for the overall health. Furthermore, it will stimulate the spine and nerve cells and is helpful for the overall physical development.

Through touching the skin, the mother and child’s relationship will be even closer. It is best to massage by a sunlit window because UV rays help the baby to absorb more calcium.

2. Shape of the Head

Although the shape of the head is an innate condition, there are definitely some aspects that can affect it. If the baby is used to sleeping on their back, the back of the head will consequently be flatter, if you prefer the baby to have a rounder head, you must regularly swap sides that the baby sleeps on.

If mother is beside the baby, the baby can also sleep prostrated. This is a proven method to ensure a well-shaped head. After 100 days old a ‘memory foam pillow’ which is of a suitable height can be used.

3. Overdependence on Hugs

If you hug the baby every time they cry, it will form a habit and when crying for no reason, it will still need to be hugged. Children that habitually cry will be better after 100 days old, so it is good to find a time to lie them down and let them cry by themselves. Hugging the child while you feed them or while changing their diapers is a good way to develop a strong bond with the baby. Nevertheless, this still needs to be controlled and restricted.

4. Strolls for Fresh Air

When the weather is good and the temperature is over 10 degrees, you can carry the baby or push the baby in a pram to get some fresh air. These strolls are beneficial not only for taking fresh air, but also to experience new environments. At this point, the child’s ability to regulate their own body temperature has not yet matured, so please take note of hot or cold temperatures. At first, go out just for 5 minutes and then gradually lengthen the outings.

Use Q&A to Relieve Anxiety and Doubt

Q. Why is the baby peaceful and then suddenly becomes shocked? Does the baby need to eat HiyaKioganGold Pills?

A. When children are first born, they will all have a reflex desire to be held. If there is a sudden loud noise or if something cold touches their body, it will surprise them and their arms will spread out and flap. This type of reaction will start to gradually disappear after 5 months. For this situation, there is no need to take any HiyaKioganGold pills. These types of pills are calming, will allow the baby to be temporarily pacified and may even make them fall asleep. These pills are yet to receive scientific verification so please avoid giving freely.

Q. When can the baby’s items be washed together with adults?

A. After one month, it is ok to wash the baby’s and adults items together. The market has many specialists washing and sterilizing products. If you chose to use these, then washing must continue to be done separately. Items can be washed together so long as you can ensure they are sterilized, but it is always best to wash diapers separately. For dirty diapers, use laundry powder and soak in water, first remove the feces into the toilet and then gently wash and put into the washing machine to wash one time, then hang out to dry.

Successful Breast Feeding

In my country, 26% of mothers will breast feed newborns. This is 75% in Europe, 52% in America and 45% in Japan, so Taiwan is falling behind. If breast feeding fails, this is largely due to insufficient milk or the baby doesn’t know how to suck.

If you want to let the baby really enjoy feeding and for the quantity to be sufficient, the mother must pay attention to her water consumption, drinking more will increase the milk produced. When kids are feeding, the nipple will be stimulated so the milk will be secreted. So the more the baby sucks on the nipple, the more milk will be produced.

If milk is not enough, then some powdered milk needs to be given, do not however give the powdered milk as soon as the baby starts crying. To allow the mother to be more comfortable, she must eat plenty of food, and eat less sweet and oily foods to produce more milk. Eat more milk, meat, fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables to supply better nourishment for the baby.

Those are the information needed to know about a 2 month old baby. Remember to go out with your baby to have ample sunshine.

Stephanie
 

Editor in Babiology, mother of two, highly passionate about sharing the pregnancy care and post delivery care learning with the readers.

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