In the second month of your baby’s life, things are a little more settled. You are probably becoming much more confident as a parent. Plus, you can easily see your baby’s personality traits taking shape. You are able to identify what makes them cry and what they like.
This is a good month. You and baby are getting to know each other. As a new parent, you will need to keep monitoring the progress your baby is making in terms of what they can and cannot do. Make sure you do not miss any visits to the pediatrician.
Now, the first thing you need to know is that the baby develops from head to toe. This is why they are able to hold their heads up first before anything else. They will also learn to push themselves up using their elbows before they can even use their hands.
How Does Your Baby Look At 2 Months?
At 2 months, your baby may still be a little crunched up, but definitely not as much as in month one. Remember this is the position they were in for a long time in the womb. Your baby is not likely to straighten up fast, so do not worry too much about this.
Actually, some babies take up to 6 months before they can fully unfurl. So, don’t be in a hurry. It actually helps, when they are being fussy, to snuggle them up in a light blanket and hold them like they are still in your womb. They will be happy and extremely peaceful.
Reflexes At 2 Months
In the first month, we mentioned many different reflex actions. Some of which your baby was born with, while others developed after delivery. These help your baby survive in the world.
The one reflex action that will have strengthened by the second month will definitely be the sucking reflex. Your baby will no longer be missing your breast or looking for it too long. They will know exactly where it is and how to get fed instantly.
As your baby reaches the 2-month mark, there are a couple of main reflexes that will disappear and make room for other movements. These are the Moro Reflex and the stepping/walking reflex. If you remember, the Moro reflex was extremely visible immediately after birth.
Any time the baby’s position was shifted abruptly, or if they were startled, they would react immediately by throwing their hands in the air. In short, the baby was quite jumpy and scared of every sound that was not anticipated. This jumpy feeling is what disappears.
At 2 months old, your bay’s neck muscles are slowing forming and becoming stronger. You will notice them trying to hold their head up for short periods of time especially while lying on their tummies or when you hold them on your shoulders.
It is not recommended to let your baby lie down on their tummies, because of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, you can let your baby lie down this way under supervision, just to observe if they will lift their head up.
Grasping And Unclasping
So, your baby was born with a natural grasping reflex, but, what they do not know is how to let go. Your baby is able to hold on to something like your hair or earrings but they don’t know how to let it out of their hands.
At 2 months old, you should be able to notice your baby learning how to unclasp once they grasp on to something, which is great for you.
Some babies do start drooling even before teething. At 2 months, their salivary glands are developing and they may start making a mess with the breast milk or their saliva.
Most parents hate it when their babies are drooling for obvious messy reasons, but don’t worry. Drooling is actually a good thing. The baby’s drool contains lots of bacteria-killing enzymes. So, if it gets on toys, it can disinfect them and make them safer for the baby.
Your Baby’s Sleep Patterns
At 2 months, your baby is practically still a newborn. So, they will be sleeping a majority of the time. We are talking 15-18 hours each day. However, by the end of the 2 months, there will be some light at the end of a sleepless tunnel for you.
You will finally start to see some sleep patterns forming. Your baby may even start to sleep through the night at 3 months, but, not just yet.
Well, we hope that you are enjoying watching your baby learn and grow. The trick is not to sweat the small stuff too much. You are probably doing everything right. The good news is that the much-awaited 3rd month is fast approaching, and it is definitely a game-changer.