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Well checkup: 2 months

Development

At this age, your baby may:

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  • hold his head up briefly
  • grasp and hold a rattle for a while when it is put in his hand
  • smile (on purpose)
  • coo and make noises when spoken to
  • begin to identify and respond more to parents (than others)
  • respond to loud sounds

Feeding tips

  • Your baby will likely eat less often but eat more at each feeding.
  • Your baby may eat every three or four hours during the day and go longer in between feedings at night.
  • Your baby does not need solid food at this age.
  • Give your baby 400 IU of a vitamin D supplement every day.

Stools

  • Your baby may strain and pull up his legs before having a bowel movement. This is normal.
  • Your baby has constipation if stools are hard, dry and infrequent.
  • If you breastfeed, your baby's stools can vary from once every feeding to once every five days. The stools are usually soft.

Sleep

  • Between the ages of 2 and 4 months, your baby should have a pattern of daytime and nighttime sleep.
  • Your baby will take one to four naps during the day.
  • He may take "cat naps" of 10 to 30 minutes at one time with a catch-up nap each two to four days.
  • Try to put your baby to sleep when he is awake. He learns how to comfort himself before falling asleep.
  • Your baby may begin sleeping longer at night and wake up less often.

Safety

  • Use an approved car seat for the height and weight of your baby every time he rides in a vehicle. The car seat must be properly secured in the back seat.
  • According to state law, the car seat must be rear-facing (facing the rear window) until your baby is 1 year old. Safety studies suggest that babies should be rear-facing until age 2.
  • Be a good role model for your baby. Do not talk or text on your cellphone while driving.
  • Your baby may start rolling from his stomach to his back between the ages of 3 and 4 months. Be sure your baby is safe.
  • Do not let anyone smoke in your house or car at any time. Smoke can increase the number of respiratory or ear infections your baby gets.
  • Give your baby toys that are unbreakable, have no small parts or sharp edges, and that are too large to swallow. Keep small objects or other hazards away from your baby.
  • Do not use infant walkers. They can cause serious accidents.
  • Check the temperature setting on your water heater. It should be less than 120 degrees F. You should also always feel the tap water to make sure it is not too hot for your baby.
  • Keep your baby out of the sun. If you are outside, dress your baby in a hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Don’t use sunscreen on your baby until he is 6 months old.

What your baby needs

  • Talk to your baby when feeding, playing, changing diapers and holding him.
  • Soothe your baby when he cries.
  • Your baby will hear and follow objects well. Talking to and playing with your baby will encourage verbal and physical development.
  • Read to your baby every night.
  • You cannot spoil your baby by holding or cuddling him.
  • Give your baby "tummy time" every day when he is awake.

What you can expect

  • Share baby and household duties with a partner, family or friends.
  • Keep in contact with friends and family.
  • Find a babysitter whom you can trust.
  • Give siblings special attention and involve them in the care of the baby.
  • Early Childhood and Family Education classes are a great way to make contacts, find support and gather information. Check your local school district for classes near you.

Dental care

  • Clean your baby's mouth with a clean cloth or a soft toothbrush and water.
  • Make regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups starting at age 3 or earlier if there are questions or concerns. (Starting at the age of 6 months, your baby may need fluoride supplements if you have well water.)

 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic