Your 2 month old baby
During the second month, babies tend to become more alert, and notice the environment around them a lot better! Their communication skills also start expanding a bit, they'll smile when they're happy. And they might start recognizing who their parents are, they'll start remembering familiar voices or sounds, and react differently towards strangers than they do towards their parents.
Your baby during this month
- Responds to loud noises by getting startled, becoming completely silent or start crying in fear.
- Cooing, smiles, and makes sounds such as Ooh or Aah.
- Tracks objects with their eyes and be able to focus more than they used to.
- Raises chest and head by using arms while on their tummies.
- Enjoys soft toys and high-contrast objects (like black or white).
- Responds better to high-pitched voices because of the similarity of their own voices.
- Enjoys playing around on a blanket on the floor.
These are general behaviors that might or might not instantly happen in the second month, be sure you're patient with your baby, as each baby grows and develops differently than another. You also want to check with your doctor about necessary vaccinations.
Tips for you during this month
It's vital you get enough sleep the first few months of your baby's life, you'll have to adapt to new sleeping patterns to be able to attend your baby's needs appropriately.
Nap when you can, take a nap when the baby's also napping to gather some strength, or ask your husband or a friend or someone in the family to watch over your baby while you get a few hours' rest. Don't put your baby to sleep and do household chores when you're exhausted. Don't entertain visitors who are over-demanding, don't have visitors over if you're over-tired or stressed in the first place, unless of course they're people you trust, and who wouldn't mind helping out with the dishes, or holding the baby.
And remember to keep a few bottles of milk in the freezer, that way your partner or friend can feed your baby while you get the rest you thoroughly deserve.
Have lots of light and healthy meals. Avoid getting stuffed so hard you can't breathe or can't lie down to sleep, because you'll never truly know when your baby decides to sleep or wake up. So light frequent meals keep your energy up, and help you bring it down when possible.
Have a coffee, some tea, or a canned soda every once in a while. It'll help you keep going. But take care not to overdo it... It'll keep you from getting the sleep you need badly when it's late and time for bed.
Another tip is to work out or do some exercises in the morning, which will give you a steady boost for the rest of the day, later workouts won't help you sleep at night. Timing is key here.
There are a few ways you can help your baby sleep better, and to understand that nighttime is bedtime.
Keep the curtains down, and the house quiet. That means no running around (if you have other kids), and no surprising loud sounds. Take care that your baby is in warm pajamas that cover her body correctly, babies feel the cold a lot more than we do. If your baby wakes up and wants food, make sure to sing to the baby some relaxing tunes in a very low volume, and whisper words instead of speaking loudly.
It's important for you to be aware that a baby's sleep is often restless, so avoid storming in if you hear her a little sound. Leaving them alone at this point may get them back to sleep easily. So only go in if you hear loud crying.
Also take note that changing diapers late at night will most usually wake your baby up completely, so instead use highly absorbent diapers or something that will help their skin stay dry and comfortable for night hours.
Did You Know?
Babies start becoming aware and familiar in the second month after they're born. Even though most their communication is still "to cry", they'll sometimes smile at you when you make them happy, or cuss at you if they're not too pleased. Some babies will at this point be able to recognize their parents by the sound of their voices, and they'll start developing trust, you'll notice the difference when you allow strangers to approach and hold the baby.
It's really difficult to get enough sleep in your baby's first few months, but getting enough sleep will allow you to take care of your baby and handle other life important tasks easier.
Light frequent meals keep our energy going; babies can be unpredictable when it comes to sleeping or being awake. Have caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, or a soda in the day, but avoid drinking it in the evenings so you can get the sleep you desperately need. Also take note that babies have a hard time staying asleep, but if you don't barge in at every little sound they make, you'll actually help them fall back to sleep.