The two-month milestone is a big one! Baby’s first shots, another “mental leap,” and the sense that you’ve come a long way from labour and delivery. While you’re agonizing over upcoming immunizations, baby’s mind is on other things, from recognizing the patterns of their little lives to learning to self-soothe to even—yawn—getting bored. With a couple of months under your belt, you may also be heading into a stage of more confident parenting, including getting out more. Or are you just—another yawn—getting a little bored yourself? It’s a week for milestones and honest reflection about this mamahood and mat-leave business.
9-week-old development & milestones
Head and shoulders
Babies develop at their own pace, so milestones aren’t must-haves but rather ideas of what baby may be capable of now—or soon. Talk to your baby’s doctor at their two-month appointment if you’re worried about any lagging development, but be assured that there’s a wide range of normal. At this age, you may see your baby lifting their head in response to stimulation or raising their shoulders during tummy time, adding to their growing mobility. They can also recognize your face and be comforted by your touch. The Nipissing checklist of milestones for the first two months is a good one.
Baby games for 2-month-olds
7 amazing reasons to take your baby to music classesThere are many activities that baby enjoys now, including babbling in conversation with you and playing with mirrors, mobiles and toys they can kick, hit and grab. While lots of babies still don’t like tummy time at this age, yours might be starting to really get into it. They also still like to be held close enough to gaze at your face and now begin to reach out to touch your eyes, mouth and nose (ow!). If they’re grabby (and still scratching themselves), it’s a good reminder to make sure their little talons are kept short.
The mental leap
Your baby is starting to recognize patterns in the world around them using all of their senses and figuring out how their arms and legs can (sometimes) respond to command. But it takes lots of practice and work, and you’ll find baby engrossed in their own body and movements as they take their second mental leap, as described by The Wonder Weeks here.
Not too early for teething
Two- to three-month-old baby sleep and feeding schedule It’s rare, but some babies can start teething as young as two months—just when you were starting to figure out those night-time woes. For most, the first tooth won’t appear before six months of age, but you may start to notice more drooling in the weeks ahead as baby gets ready for chompers. What does this mean for sleep? Nothing good, right? Actually, some babies sail through teething without much trouble, while others will have you crying along with them as you try every recommended remedy.
Schedule for a 2-month-old
Baby’s leap of development may mean that routines and schedules take a rough turn at two months as they fight to stay alert to all the cool things going on in their world. Stick to a routine for baby’s naptimes and night-time—whether it’s storytime, a relaxing infant massage or a bath—to signal to them that it’s time to get some shut-eye and let mama escape to pee, eat, drink, scroll or sleep. Keep any stimulus to a minimum when your baby’s getting drowsy and watch for signs of tiredness so you can wind them down for a nap before they get overtired.
Perhaps the most exciting (and slightly scary) milestones this month are baby’s first shots and two-month check-up, where the doctor will be looking to see how baby is eating, sleeping, growing and developing. Many moms swear by sugar water to ease baby’s pain during vaccinations, while others find that nursing during the needle can help soothe and distract baby. In addition to weighing and measuring, the doctor will check that baby’s hip joints are not unusually loose, a condition known as hip dysplasia.
Your life after baby
Cold medicine while breastfeeding?
If you’re not exhausted enough, suffering from a cold while raising an infant can sap your will to live. But there is some good news: A lot of medications that you couldn’t take while pregnant are compatible with breastfeeding.
A lonely road
While your mat leave may feel like a dream vacation from work in the company of a bundle of love, even those who are enjoying new motherhood can find it terribly isolating. And woe to mamas who are far from family and close friends. Leah McLaren writes about the excruciating loneliness of being a new mother.
Stuff no one tells you
How to treat baby’s cold
If you’ve got a cold, chances are, your baby will catch it, too, and vice versa. While a stuffy nose makes it hard for baby to nurse and may wreak havoc on sleep, the snot sucker—excuse me, nasal aspirator—is a gift from the gods of mucus. Read more on how to deal with baby’s first cold and how to become an expert snot sucker yourself.
Flat head syndrome
By about two months, you may begin to notice that your baby’s head is flatter on one side—typically at the back, given our generation of back-to-sleep babies. It’s fairly common—as many as half of Canadian babies have at least mild flatness. Babies may also develop bald spots where their heads rub against their beds and car seats. While a mild case of flat head syndrome will often resolve on its own as baby gets more mobile, there are ways to prevent and treat the problem.
Just for fun
Genius baby products
Snot suckers, milk savers, blowout blockers, oh my! Check out these absolutely genius baby inventions that will save the day.
Milkies Milk Saver
“I was too exhausted to pump but didn’t need to because the “milk savers” caught all the milk I leaked while nursing and I was able to save up enough for so, so many bottles…lifesaver!” (If you want to catch that extra liquid gold while breastfeeding—and you’re looking for some suction and stimulation—also check out the Haakaa and NatureBond silicone breast pumps and milk savers.) – Naureen M.A.
The breastfeeding struggle is real
Is it all coming together with breastfeeding yet? Are you still leaking at the worst possible time and avoiding your breast pump like the plague? Are you ready for baby’s first bite of the boob? You’re not alone.