Motherhood

2 Month Old Baby: Milestones & Development

Team Peanut10 months ago6 min read

Wow. A 2 month old baby. Boy, did that go fast.

2 month old baby

First things first, congratulations. You’ve survived the newborn phase. You’re getting to know this little being a whole lot better and you’ve no doubt spent countless hours simply marvelling at them.

Sure, there are moments when you speak softly to your 2 month old baby asking them to please learn a language you can understand as quickly as possible so that they can just. Please. Tell you what they need. But then there are also moments where you just can’t believe what you ever did to deserve this perfection in your life.

It’s true: watching your baby grow and develop can be a wild combination of absolutely thrilling, completely heartwarming and devastatingly nerve-wracking.

2 month old milestones

What does a 2 month old baby do? The short answer? Scream, swallow, sleep, stink – and sometimes smile. They are also the source of endless delight, curious fascination and a whole lot of laughs.

You know what’s really pretty amazing about a 2 month old baby? Well, quite a few things, but one of them is that they’re learning to drive their bodies a little more every day.

1. They’re getting ahead in life. Terrible puns aside, your 2 month old baby is gaining more control over their head, able to hold it with a little more stability than before. Yes, this giant ball atop their neck is no longer as foreign to them as it once was.

2. They’ve started sucking. Rather than a mortifyingly insulting sentence, this is actually a simple reality. You may notice them sucking, sometimes on some of their fingers and sometimes by shoving their whole hand in their mouth. Look, we all have our creature comforts. This is theirs.

3. They have seriously mixed feelings about this whole sleeping thing. While they love to sleep (as in love it so much they are happy to do it for about 16 hours a day), they’re not that into getting into establishing a proper routine. Their sleeping schedule may very well be all over the map at this point – but they are starting to at least contemplate routines and patterns.

How much does a 2 month old eat?

When it comes to feeding, babies and their mamas are all different. You may be breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or a combination of the two.

Some ballpark figures however are:

  • For breastfed babies: somewhere between 12 and 32 ounces a day.
  • For formula-fed babies: somewhere between 16 and 32 ounces a day.

And while we’re on the subject of feeding, let’s quickly venture into the pumping zone, shall we?

In one of the weirder things you’ll ever have to do in your life, pumping is essentially milking yourself so that you can freeze and save your supply for when you need it. Particularly if you are going back to work in the not-too-distant future, pumping can be a real lifesaver.

So, like most things parenting, hard and fast rules are non-existent. If pumping makes sense for you, perhaps consider starting once you’ve got into a bit of a groove with breastfeeding.

(Having said that, many new mamas pump from Day 1 for a variety of reasons so this is yet another reminder that, seriously, you do you.)

How much should a 2 month old weigh?

The average weight of a 2 month old baby is 3.2kg (7lb 2oz) for females and 3.3kg (7lb 6oz) for males – but there are so many reasons why your baby may not be the average.

The good news is you don’t have to track your baby’s weight alone. Generally, your healthcare provider will help provide a 2 month old baby weight chart and help you monitor your child’s weight and height through this initial growth period.

How do I entertain my 2 month old?

Look, coordination is not at its peak at 2 months old so this is not quite the phase for going all out with the toys. So, while 1000-piece puzzles are likely out, some fun things your baby might enjoy are:

  • Batting (or just looking) at a toy
  • Responding to a rattle
  • The soothing sound of your voice reading a book (War and Peace, anyone?)
  • Applauding for you (with your gentle help of course). Put their hands together gently to create the semblance of a clap.

You know what your 2 month old baby also likes to do? Look in a mirror. You may not be the only one who is admiring their beauty. The funny thing is, they don’t actually know that they are looking at themselves.

And if one of your big questions is “Do 2 month old babies recognize their parents?” you may just like the answer you get. Your baby likely recognizes you around month 2. Congratulations!

How do I safely cut my baby’s fingernails?

You’ve probably realized right now that you’ve had to take on a whole new role that you might not have planned for: baby beautician. Yes, those nails are growing and the scratch potential is getting pretty real. So, your 2 month old baby is going to need to get their fingernails done about every week and their toenails about every two weeks.

But with those minute little digits, the whole process can be more than a little anxiety-inducing.

So. Take some deep breaths. Find your zen. And then get out that pair of baby nail scissors or the handy nail file that some thoughtful person gave you at your baby shower. You may want to try this when they are at their most relaxed – as in asleep kind of relaxed. The hardest part is ensuring that you clip the nail and not the skin. You can make this a little easier by pushing down on the fingertip before you get a-chopping.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help (moral support or otherwise) from partners, friends, Peanut mamas, and/or your nurse or doctor.

You and your two month old baby

Finally – please listen up for this one – remember that you still exist. Although all your focus may be on nurturing this amazing little two month old baby that has chosen you for a parent, you have to ensure that you make time for yourself, too. Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your baby.

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