The baby grows in record speed and is already two months old. Now you may have got to know the baby, what the baby needs are, how the baby communicates, and you may already see a pattern in everyday life.
This time will be maybe more joyful as this is the perfect time to start stimulating the baby, as the baby is now more awake in and active.
The baby is more interested and aware of what is happening in the surroundings. The baby´s communication skills will be more active, and the baby uses the whole body and will make more sounds. It is still a little difficult to identify the sources of tones and colors, but go together and explore the surroundings, also mimic the sounds and movement, you will see that the baby will have fun and find it very fascinating.
This will be an exciting time for the parents, because you will notice significant changes in the development of the baby in a short time, and you also start to get feedback from your baby. The baby makes his first sounds and is more observant to the sounds of the surroundings.
This period is perfect for starting the baby's stimulation as they are more alert, active, and interested.
How to stimulate your 2 months baby:
When the baby is awake, it is essential that you give him your full attention. Talk to the baby and let him touch you and himself to explore the body and the senses.
Introduce the baby to toys, with different shapes and colors, which will attract the baby's attention. Help him identify the object. Your baby will love to recognize sounds, colors, and movements.
A little walk around the house is perfect for a curious baby. It will be an exciting exploration with new impressions and objects.
Vision and hearing:
The vision is still not quite well developed, but the baby is now starting to focus better, following moving objects with the eye, and now sees the difference between primary colors.
The gurgling sounds come during this period and make noises when he enjoys something or speaks to known people, such as mom and dad.
Nutrition, elimination, and sleep:
The best nutrition for your baby will still be breastmilk. Breastfeeding can be a challenge, and many struggles get it right, which is quite normal. Several factors cause breastfeeding challenging. In particular, breastfeeding can be a challenge for the first baby, but today there are fortunately many alternatives, such as breast milk replacement, that are at least as good as breast milk.
Did you know that your baby drinks an average of 5-6 times a day, and 145-175 ml each time? Not only does the child develop rapidly, but it also grows in record speed, and therefore needs a lot of nutrition.
Your baby starts to belch, which is quite normal. Belching is because the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach is not fully developed. A small towel, baby bib, or belch blanket can be smart to have nearby when feeding to avoid much spillage. The belch decreases as your baby grows.
You will start to notice a pattern on the baby when it comes to sleeping, feeding, and elimination. Most people need food and grooming every 4 hours throughout the day. Between changing diapers and feeding, the baby will also have sleeping periods. After a while, you will notice that your baby needs more sleep during the day and will have a more extended sleep period at night.
When it comes to bowel habits, many babies can have bowel every 3 to 4 days, which is normal, as long as the baby is satisfied and has no complaints. Replace diaper frequently to avoid irritation and wound skin in the diaper area. The best way to clean your baby is to rinse the baby under running water or water on a dry cloth. Avoid products with oils and perfumes, as this can irritate the area, use products intended explicitly for baby.
Your baby can now recognize your entire face, with your mouth, nose, and eyes. You will also experience a response where your baby smiles at you. The first smile will be great for the parents, for a fantastic response to get back, so fun and enjoyable.
Senses and motor skills:
Now the motor skills are starting to become more coordinated. Your baby has more control over the arms and legs, he not only strikes wildly and uncontrollably as he did at the beginning. Your baby can look joyfully for a colorful toy, which hangs at a suitable distance. The baby is unable to grasp yet, and you notice that he still beats with a closed hand. Now the rattles and baby gym are beginning to be interesting to explore.
The muscles are getting stronger, and the baby can now hold his head up for a more extended period when laying on the stomach. The stomach position is not maybe the best, as it requires a lot of energy and the muscles are not strong enough. A little exercise every day will be good, to work up muscle strength, mobility, and prevent leaning neck. But if the baby starts to get unpleasant and crying, it is important to give him a break.
Some babies can turn over on their backs if they are on the side, so now you have to be very awake all the time and keep an eye on the baby, so they do not fall from the heights.
The baby can also hold his head straight if you pull him up with his arms from the back position.
Different crying sounds:
Crying is the best communication for the baby, and you will notice that the cry has a different tone now than at birth. The crying means different things and has different sounds according to what the baby's needs, for example, hunger, hurting stomach, tired, sadness, or freezing. So it is about getting to know the baby and what he is expressing, which will make it easier for you to meet the baby's needs.
The baby still has some reflexes as at birth, but they are not as characteristic as before when the child is now more coordinated and controlled.
The suction reflex is still well present and the strongest reflex.
The baby still has quick, uncontrolled movements, which seems to be a sudden movement or loud sound. You can also notice a gripping glare if you press the baby on the hand or foot, which will allow the baby to make the gripping movement.
Communication and social development:
The baby is a social being who will love to get the attention of those around them. Especially good he likes other babies.
Your baby can now repeat various vowels and sounds, and also make new sounds themselves. He even begins to distinguish to some extent between facial expressions and voices, and expressions such as angry, happy or sad.
The baby is curious and will now discover his body. He plays with both fingers, mouth, and toes, and communicates by kicking with arms and legs as you come to him.
When talking to your baby, it is essential that you spend your time well. Talk to the baby and wait for a response, it may take some time, but your baby doesn't like being interrupted, so take proper time and be patient. Your baby needs time to think, and maybe want to start mimic after you. Communicating together in this way will be very fun for both.