Babies grow so quickly—for new parents, it can feel like they blink one minute and their tiny newborn is suddenly a toddler! It’s pretty amazing to see a little human being grow up, and it’s fascinating to witness all of the quick changes that they go through. It’s difficult to describe the feeling that it brings to parents.
One moment, they’re longing to just sleep through the night one time, hoping for a few extra hours of sleep and a peaceful baby, and the next, they’re watching their child go off to kindergarten for the first time, wondering where those baby years went and wishing they could relive them to savor all those special memories.
As the baby grows, they might need to have some changes in their routines. Month by month, they will reach different stages of development, and parents will have to switch things up to keep up with them! Sometimes, it will seem like they are going to stay little forever, but at other times, it can feel like they are growing up fast that the months are just flying by! Here are 20 things that moms should start doing for their babies by the second month.
20 Give Baths Two Or Three Times Per Week
Babies may have a tendency to get quite messy—they just can’t help it, can they?—but they do not need a bath every single day. According to Today’s Parent, for a child around two months old, getting a bath two to three times per week should be just fine. Of course, this should be combined with extra clean up during diaper changes. This is because babies have very sensitive skin, and bathing them too often could make their skin feel a bit dry and itchy. Naturally, if they get a little messier than usual, an extra bath is fine!
19 Sing Lullabies To See How Baby Responds To Your Voice
Two months is an exciting time for many reasons—this is when babies really start to respond to voices and sounds. According to The Bump, if you don’t already sing to your baby, now is the perfect time to start! Babies definitely seem to respond more to music at this stage, and they already know the sound of their mother’s voice—in fact, it is their favorite sound in the world. There is nothing that comforts them like hearing their mom’s voice when they are crying. Mom and dad singing lullabies will definitely perk them up at this stage in development.
18 Read To Your Baby
Sure, your baby is too young to really learn how to read—it’s not like they’re going to pick up a book and start reading by the time they’re only a few months old! But according to What to Expect, around two months is a great time to start reading children’s books to your baby. Not because they will really understand the book, but because they will start learning the sounds of new words, and this will help them later when they are ready to start saying their first words. Plus, reading to kids is always such a fun activity!
17 Introduce Brightly-Colored Toys
Many people do not learn this until they start preparing for the arrival of their own child, but according to Mama Natural, when babies are first born, they actually can’t really see in color. They see the world in shades of gray, black, and white. Yup, newborns are basically colorblind, and it takes some time for them to be able to see all of the colors that we can see. But around two months, they will start taking more of an interest in brightly colored toys—they are such a novelty to young babies, so it’s a good time to introduce them.
16 Start “Tummy Time” To Get Baby Ready For Crawling
According to What to Expect, babies definitely already get some “tummy time” before two months, but if you’re not already letting them roll around on a blanket and play (while supervised, of course), now is the time to make sure that they a little “tummy time” each day! This will help prepare them to crawl in a few months. However, you don’t want to give them too much—at this age, they may still have a little trouble holding their own head up for a long period of time, so being on their stomach too long can feel a bit uncomfortable.
15 Get Outside For Fresh Air
According to Mayo Clinic, taking a newborn outside for a stroll isn’t always the best idea—after all, you never know what germs your baby could encounter, and their immune system is definitely not fully developed yet. They should not be around crowds for another few weeks. But once the baby is around two months, going outside for fresh air and leisurely walks is a good idea. Past a certain point, it’s actually good the baby to get out of the house more often—they need to socialize a bit, too! It’s also a good time to travel to see relatives.
14 Talk To Your Baby Throughout The Day
Now is the time when babies start picking up more and more words—according to WebMD, their earliest language skills are just starting to develop, and although they will clearly not be talking for quite some time, it is still a great opportunity to talk to your baby. Some parents naturally seem to chat with their babies all the time, and it just comes easily to them. On the other hand, some actually feel a little awkward about talking to their babies! Either way is fine, but if you feel a little silly doing it, it’s time to get used to it!
13 Introduce Baby To More Friends And Relatives
According to Mama Natural, it’s very important to learn about the development of the immune system in babies, because you don’t want to put them near germs that they can’t handle! But on the other hand, you also can’t keep your baby in a bubble. At a certain point, it is better for them to have some time in the “outside world”—they need to get used to being around other people, and they can’t be kept in your house all the time, anyway. Therefore, around the two month mark is the perfect time to get them out more often.
12 Make Sure To Trim Nails Regularly
According to What to Expect, at this stage in development, your baby’s nails are already growing quite quickly, and you don’t want to worry about them scratching their face all the time! That’s why it’s so important to be mindful about nail clipping at this stage. Your baby has quite a bit more mobility than they did as a newborn (although they’re still quite tiny and need you for everything!), and they could easily scratch themselves if you’re not careful. It’s best to trim nails while the baby is sleeping and after they’ve had a bath so it doesn’t scare them.
11 Encourage Your Baby To Smile
Here’s another fun aspect of the two month point in development: this is when babies start to learn how to smile! According to Baby Center, this is such a beautiful moment for new parents—finally, it starts to feel like all of the hard work and sleepless nights of those first two months are starting to pay off in a very real way. And the best part? There are lots of things you can do to encourage your baby to smile! Just laughing and playing with your baby, and talking and singing to them, can make those magical smiles happen.
10 Have Plenty Of Skin-To-Skin Contact
Babies definitely need lots of skin to skin contact, no matter what stage of development they’re at. And at the two month stage, it is still crucial to them! According to Wellness Mama, skin to skin contact is all precious bonding time for moms and babies—and dads, too! Whether the mother is breastfeeding or not, skin to skin contact is essential for proper development. Babies need to feel loved and cherished in order to have happy childhoods. So any excuse to get some more time snuggling with your baby is a good excuse—the baby always love to cuddle!
9 Take Some Time For “Floor Time Play”
Yes, we’ve established that tummy time is important because it helps babies prepare for crawling—but it’s not enough for the baby to just hang out on a blanket. How can you really get them ready to crawl? By playing with them! According to Baby Center, it’s important to actively play with your baby during “tummy time,” especially when they are around two months old.
This will really help them strengthen the muscles that they will eventually need to use when they are ready to start crawling. Plus, there is absolutely nothing they love more than spending time playing with you!
8 Dance With Your Baby
So, we’ve already gone over how skin to skin contact and singing to your baby are great activities for this phase in their development, but if you want to make things even more fun and playful, you can always go ahead and combine them! According to Mama Natural, dancing with your baby is something they will start to love when they reach the two month mark.
Dancing is so much fun for both you and the baby, and once they learn to smile, you will see that they definitely get a huge kick out of it! They love to dance with you.
7 Let Your Baby Explore Their Sense Of Touch
Something very interesting happens around the age of two months: according to Baby Center, this is when the baby’s sense of touch really starts to develop. They begin to discern between different textures more easily, and you might even notice that they seem to love certain blankets and outfits while having an aversion to others.
This is because their sense of touch is more sensitive now, and they may begin to prefer certain textures to others. Let them play around with different blankets and other safe materials that might interest them—they will be fascinated by all the different textures!
6 Pick Up Some Bigger Onesies
Yup, babies are always growing, and you will definitely be seeing some major changes around this stage in their development! According to Today’s Parent, babies generally grow and develop along a certain timeline, and this is important to keep in mind when you are buying clothes for them. After all, once they are around two months, they will be ready to grow out of those first onesies that you had for them! It never hurts to do a little shopping in advance so that no matter how big they get, you will be ready with a cute, comfy new onesie.
5 Prompt Baby To Start Falling Asleep On Their Own
During those first few weeks after the baby is born, you just cannot expect to get through one night without waking up several times—and truthfully, it is still too early to expect that at the two month mark. However, according to Today’s Parent, around two months is a good time to at least get the baby used to falling back asleep on their own.
This can feel challenging for a parent who gets nervous about their baby crying or feeling sad and alone, but it is also a necessary part of infant development, even though it takes getting used to.
4 Encourage Baby To Practice Their “Grasping Reflex”
Did you know that human beings actually have an instinctive “grasping” reflex? According to Baby Center, this developed millions of years ago—when we’re babies and we need our parents close, we will instinctively reach for them and try to grab on to them if we feel scared or uncomfortable.
Around two months, you will definitely notice that your baby has more fine motor control, and that they have a tendency to grasp for things more often. However, they don’t quite know how to let go yet! Be gentle with them while teaching them how to let go after grabbing something.
3 Introduce A Baby Gym
No, your two month old baby doesn’t exactly need to get a workout—but they will probably enjoy playing with a baby gym! Babies around this age generally get a ton of entertainment out of a baby gym. According to The Bump, baby gyms entertain babies so well because the hanging, brightly colored toys really capture their interest at this phase—after all, they have somewhat better motor skills and like to use their hands to grab things as a mode of exploring, they can see brighter colors, and they are trying to lift themselves up a bit more often.
2 It’s Time For Baby’s First Vaccinations
Around two months, it’s time to head to the pediatrician to discuss your baby’s first vaccines. According to WebMD, by now, their immune system has started to develop on it’s own, but this is also the time when they are ready for a boost! It’s important stay on track with immunizations so that by the time your baby is ready to head off to school, they don’t have a chance of catching certain childhood diseases. It’s true that no baby likes shots, but a compassionate and caring pediatrician will make sure that your baby is as comfortable as can be.
1 Play Music For Your Baby
So, let’s say that you’re not much of a singer, so you don’t really feel like singing to your child—even if it’s just a lullaby, maybe you feel a little silly when you hear the sound of your own voice! That’s totally fine, and you are definitely not alone in that feeling! According to Mama Natural, you can still give your baby the same benefits by playing music for them. Try different albums and genres and see what they like best! Who knows, you just may find a song that always calms them down when they start to cry.
Sources: whattoexpect.com, thebump.com, babycenter.com, mamanatural.com, todaysparent.com, healthline.com, webmd.com, mayoclinic.com, wellnessmama.com