The first month after the birth of a newborn is very emotional and delicate for the parents. During this time, the child also tries to adjust to the new world. Now that your baby is 1 month old, a bonding between you and the baby has started. In the first few weeks full of difficulties, you have successfully taken full care of your child and for this you deserve congratulations. Now if you want, you can have some relaxation because the second month of the baby is going to be something smooth and smooth for you. so today we will discuss 2 months old baby development and activities after birth.
In this article, we are telling you about how much the baby develops in the second month after birth, how much the baby sleeps during this time, things related to vaccination, and important things related to the safety of the child.
2 months old baby development and activities after birth
Now your baby is 2 months old and during this time, the child gradually learns to control his body. The neck muscles of the baby start to strengthen, due to which the child is able to lift his head by himself, especially while lying on his stomach. Not only this, the things that the child’s eyes like, the child also starts following those things and stuff through his eyes. At the same time, the activities of the child’s hands and feet also happen more than before.
In the second month, the child’s hearing ability also develops and the child starts recognizing the sounds and starts responding accordingly. However, during this time also, the child’s voice and mother’s face are the most liked by the child. During this time, talk to your child as many things as possible and then see how he responds to you with his loving voice. By the second month, the soft spot in the baby’s head, also called fontanelle, also stops. If the fontanelle is not closed, seek the necessary suggestions from the doctor.
- Talking about the development of the baby, the weight of a 2-month-old baby is about 1 to 2 kilograms more than its birth weight and the length is also about half an inch more than the length at birth. Also, the circumference of the head also increases by about 4 cm. As the muscles grow in the body, the baby’s cheeks begin to swell and your baby starts to be cuter than before.
- Also, during this time your child learns to hold things like – for his rattling toys and bright and bright colored things, the child also gets attracted to them. During this time the child’s brain also develops at a very fast pace and during this time you can also see some glimpses of the child’s personality.
- The child starts reacting according to your gestures and signals and at the same time becomes more alert about the people and things around you. Every day, the child’s ability to focus also starts increasing and the child learns to focus on something for a long time. Not only this, but the child also tries to imitate you and wants you to stay with him all the time. Sucking your hands and toes by the child also reaches different levels.
Breastfeeding of 5 to 8 weeks old baby
5 weeks after birth, your baby’s appetite becomes consistent. If you give your baby milk, then you will be able to feel the difference that the baby is breastfeeding for a longer time. Always keep in mind that the child should go to the milk of the other breast only after emptying one of your breasts completely. By doing this, the child will get the full benefit of the Handymilk.
Children who consume canned formula milk need 5 to 6 oz of milk every time they drink milk from the 5th week onwards. You need to feed the baby at least 3 to 4 times a day. Now, even at night, your baby will be able to sleep more peacefully. In this case, the baby needs to be fed between 4 to 6 hours at night. However, every baby is different from each other and it may be that your baby needs more milk at night. Follow the indications given by the child and feed the baby according to his need and demand.
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If you are thinking of feeding the baby with the bottle soon, then the second month is perfect for applying the bottle to the baby. (New mothers may have many reasons to breastfeed their baby. As your maternity leave is about to end, you do not want to breastfeed the baby or you may not be able to produce as much milk as the baby needs. It is the mother’s decision to continue feeding or not to feed her baby) If you wish, you can remove breast milk in the morning with the help of a pump because during this time your breasts would be completely filled with milk. Huh. The child may initially reject the bottle altogether. But don’t bother and keep trying. If you want, for the first time, you can take the help of family members while applying the bottle.
Feeding the baby in the first month after birth was a difficult task, it will become much easier in the second month. If you are feeding the baby with a bottle, then keep these things in mind:
- Sterilize the bottle in hot water from the sides. Change the bottle nipple periodically.
- Never breastfeed too much milk and formula milk left in the bottle should not be used again.
- To check the expiry date of formula milk and other things, the child should not have any kind of infection or health-related problems.
- As the child grows up, his milk demand will increase. Therefore, understand the signs given by the child and feed the baby according to his demand.
Since now the child will not do the Susu-Potty every time after drinking milk, there is no need to change diaper or loincloth again and again. It is also very common for children who drink mother’s milk to not potty for a week. Contact your doctor if your child’s potty is harder than usual, or if the child is crying or feeling uncomfortable while taking out the potty. If you are feeding your baby with milk then keep an eye on your diet too. It is important for you to consume healthy and nutritious things and liquids so that your child gets the necessary and best nutrition.
How much does a 2-month-old baby sleep?
Instead of sleeping for a while, now your baby will sleep less during the day and longer at night. However, the child will still take 1 month to sleep the whole night. Continue the child’s bedtime routine. By doing this you will be able to develop good sleep habits in the child. Also always put the child on the back so that the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) can be minimized. Do not breastfeed the baby while sleeping, and after feeding, make the baby burp, and only then sleep the baby in his swing or bed.
You can also give nipples or pacifiers to a 2-month-old baby at bedtime, as researches suggest, with the help of pacifiers, it helps reduce the risk of SIDS. However, if the child does not want to take a nipple, then there is no need to forcibly give the child. Also, a baby younger than 1 month should not be given a nipple at all.
Immunization chart of a 2-month-old baby
By this time, the child has been given BCG vaccine to avoid TB and Hepatitis B. If your child has not yet been injected with BCG, then get him injected now. You can have this injection anytime for 1 year but the sooner you get it injected, the better it will be for the health of the child. According to India’s National Immunization Schedule (NIS) for pregnant women, newborns and children, a child aged 6 to 8 weeks should be given the following vaccines:
- 2 drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to avoid polio
- Pentavalent vaccine – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type B to protect the child from 5 types of diseases.
- Rotavirus vaccine to protect the child from severe diarrhea and rotavirus infection
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) to protect against various bacterial infections, ear infections, and meningitis
- Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) for protection from polio
Safety precautions for a 2-month-old baby
After 5 weeks of birth, you will understand whether your child is suffering from colic or colic. Children suffering from a colic cry for more than 3 hours every day, more than 3 days every week, and 3 weeks or more. Even when we are full and we do not need a diaper change, we cry.
Children with colic are difficult to handle. If the child is healthy and despite this, weeping continuously for 3 hours and that too especially in the evening, then this situation can be quite annoying for the parents. Do not use gripe water to treat the child’s colic. This will not give the child any rest. Also, do not move the baby too much during this time because it is at risk of injury to the child, which is also known as Schenken Baby Syndrome. Take the child to the doctor if:
- Baby has fever
- Baby has constipation
- The child is not interested in drinking milk
- The child looks too lazy and tired
During this, take full care of the cleanliness of the child as well. Keep baby’s nails cut and keep the part of the skin from which it is turning clean and dry. At this time, the baby may also have the problem of diaper rash easily, so keep changing the baby’s diaper every 2 hours. Give the nappy-free time once or twice a day to the child’s skin to breathe well. Use cotton or clean cloth to clean the baby. Do not use centripetal wet wipes as it may cause irritation in the baby’s skin.
If it is summer, then the baby must be bathed every day. During this time, most children like to live in water. Although health workers recommend not using soap while bathing the baby in the first month of the baby, now when the child is 2 months old, you can use gentle baby soap and other baby care products for him.
In the second month, your baby sleeps for about 16 hours every day. Maintain uniformity about the baby’s sleep routine so that better sleep habits develop in the child. If you want, you can sing a song or lullaby while you sleep, you can lightly massage the child or you can also apply soft or soothing music. Do not put the habit of feeding the baby to sleep. When the child is coming to sleep, if you leave him alone in his swing or cradle, then the child will get used to sleeping by himself.
How should a mother take care of herself with a 2-month-old baby?
If you are a working mother and you have to go back to your work then leaving the child and returning to work may prove difficult for you. At the same time, many mothers also have elders at home with whom they can leave their children and then return to work. During this time, you can take the help of your partner and other family members to take care of the child so that you can do all that you like to do. Mothers may be at risk of postpartum depression at any time during the 1-year period of motherhood. In such a situation, keep an eye on the signs and seek the help of experts so that you can take care of the child along with you.
Do not ignore your health and continue the intake of essential vitamins and calcium. By this time, most doctors also allow women to continue their sexual activity. However, do not show any pressure or haste to start your sex life. Focus on what you like.