Your 2-month-old is now starting to pay more attention to his surroundings and to the people in his world. He will have established a fairly regular feeding pattern.
Baby`s sight: Your baby can follow moving objects and will respond to brightly coloured objects that are dangled over his face. He can focus on an object up to 8 feet away. Your baby loves to see you smile and will respond with smiles and cooing noises.
Tips: Hang a colourful mobile over his crib/cot. Lie him on his back on the floor with a play gym over his head he will not only love watching the bright objects but will try and raise his hands to touch them.
Baby`s hearing: Your baby is fully aware of who you are and knows the different tones in your voice for instance if you raise your voice he will respond with a little cry but if you talk to him in a soothing voice this will calm and reassure him. If he hears you across the room he will turn his head to follow your voice. Is startled by loud noises.
Tips: Be aware of your baby`s reactions to the different tones in your voice and that of others around him. Play him a variety of music until you find the one that calms him or even gets him to sleep this will make life a lot easier for you. Play him happy songs or even story tapes you could even introduce some actions to go a long with the song/story.
Body movement: His ability to control his body posture is improving. His head is much more stable and doesn`t lag as much. Makes bicycle movements with legs when lying on his back. He will try to hold his head when sitting up right. When lying on his stomach he will try to roll over and will surprise himself if he rolls on to his back from his side.
Finding himself Your baby is already starting to think for himself, can recognise familiar surroundings and is settling in to the daily pattern of his every day life. These are some of the things that your baby is able to do at 2 months but don`t worry if your baby hasn`t reached these milestones every baby develops at his/her own pace and will catch up.
The grasp reflex still makes him hold a rattle firmly, with no intention of giving it back! He steadily holds up his head. Baby rolls over in one direction. He can raise his chest using his arms for support while lying on his stomach. Baby smiles when you smile at him. He responds to loud sounds by becoming completely silent, crying, or acting startled. Baby coos and will make some vowel sounds such as "ah, eh, oh" in response to what he sees and hears around him. He focuses on very small objects. Baby may laugh out loud and even squeal
Your baby`s feeding and sleeping patterns is starting to become regular and he will sleep up to 7 hours at night. Your baby will become irritable, unable to relax and may cry a lot but don`t panic this happens with all baby`s and despite all the research done there is no logical answer to why.
Here are some of the reasons why your baby might not be settling or crying more then usually.
Colic: Affecting up to 30 percent of babies, colic causes babies to have periods of intense crying-which can occur several times per week and last for several hours. You'll know it when you hear it: Colic elicits sharp cries and screams that aren't relieved by a dry nappy, feeding or cuddling your baby. Colic often gets worse in the evening.
Constipation: Your baby's bowel movements should be soft; if they're hard and dry and resemble little pebbles and are infrequent, your baby may be constipated. Ask your doctor for some help on what you can do to help your baby`s bowels get back to normal.
Intestinal gas (wind): All baby`s get wind and this can cause some slight pain to your baby. This is usually due to not winding baby properly or from sucking on air from an empty bottle. This is simple to solve. Add one extra scoop of formula on top of his regular amount. This will save on him sucking on air and you will instantly know when he is ready to increase his feed.
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