When your baby turns two months, you might start to realize that he or she is starting to realize that there’s a lot of new and interesting things going on around them and may stay awake more because of it. Because of this, you and your partner may be getting less sleep at night, but there isn’t anything to fear, this new found lack of sleep should be temporary.
You might notice that your baby cries a bit more than before, with most of it coming in the evening. The good news is that most babies peak with their crying between weeks six and eight, so you’re probably on the tail end of this phase.
Rather than trying to focus on how much your baby should weigh or how tall he or she should be, because every baby is different, it’s important to focus more on how much babies typically grow in a month. After two months, your baby will have probably gained 1.5 to two pounds and grown about one to 1.5 inches.
You baby will like to look at more complex patterns this month and should be able to focus better on objects both stationary and moving side-to-side. He or she will even be able to start recognizing your face now, how cool is that?
Some other really awesome developments come from your baby’s senses in sound and touch. Believe it or not, your baby will begin paying attention to what you’re saying. Sure, he or she won’t understand what you’re saying, but will still be able to respond with coos, gurgles, flailing limbs in excitement, or maybe even smiling.
Your baby will also be comforted by your touch, which is no surprise why many babies calm down once they’re picked up by a parent.
During the third month, your baby is starting to get stronger. He or she may be able to lift his or her shoulders off the ground while doing tummy time and may event be able to lift their head while in a seated position. It’s really important that you continue to give your baby plenty of time on his or her belly to keep building up those muscles.
Speaking of working on building muscle, your babies movements are probably getting a lot more fluid now. He or she will be moving around a lot more, kicking and swinging the arms. All of these movements are helping to build muscle (too bad it isn’t still that easy, right?)
Do you ever get tired of feeding your kid? Or maybe you feel like that’s all your doing. Your feelings are probably warranted because feeding your baby is still going to take up a lot of your time through out the third month.
Continue to watch out for your baby’s cues for when he or she is hungry and don’t forget to understand the cues for when he or she is full, too. For many babies, turning his or her head away from the bottle or boob is their way of saying “no more.”
Right now your baby will probably want to eat every three to four hours. If he or she is sleeping, there’s no need to wake them up to feed. He or she will let you know when they’re hungry.
Babies this age typically spend fifteen to sixteen hours asleep each day and may spend up to eight-and-a-half hours asleep at night (but they’re will probably be interruptions, sorry!). While each baby is different, many parents claim to get at least six hours of uninterrupted hours of sleep at night. During the day, most babies take three naps totaling around seven hours of sleep.
Just like last month, your baby may experience trouble sleeping at night or could sleep more than usual during the day. There are a number of different reasons why a baby might do this. Try reducing the number of distractions while putting your baby down to sleep and keeping things calm and quite when he or she wakes up at night to better teach when the difference between day and night.