All about the 2 month old baby.

Gross Motricity

Little by little, between 2 and 3 months, the baby’s muscles tone up: now he holds his head better on the axis and his back is straighter when he is held in his arms. When awake and on his stomach, he can lift his head for a few moments and turn it to the other side. “His motor skills of his are less and less reflection. he begins to have movements increasingly volunteersespecially with his hands,” says Aude Buil. His arms and legs become more flexible and his movements are less jerky and more controlled.

fine motor skills

At two months, the baby begins to lose his reflex fine motor skills, in favor of voluntary movements. In particular, he practices a lot to coordinate his eyes, hands, and mouth. Therefore, he often looks at his hands, bringing them into his field of vision, and sometimes succeeds. put them in your mouth.

“He presents an involuntary grasp of objects in contact, that is to say that he grabs the objects that come into contact with his hand”, explains the psychomotor specialist.

It is the discovery of his environment thanks to the visual and tactile sensors present in his hands but also in his mouth!

Aude Buil, Psychomotrician: Your mouth and tongue are made up of skin and thousands of sensory sensors that were internalized during fetal life! Discover many properties of objects by putting them in the mouth (hard/soft, smooth/rough, etc.).

2-month-old baby’s vision: how does he see?

the baby view progressively more refined, although it is still far from perfect: its visual acuity is only about 1/10 ! His field of vision is approximately 45°, compared to 70° for adults, and he is able to distinguish the forms located about 60 cm of the. The baby begins to look at large, colorful faces or objects moving around her. The three colors he sees best are blue, green, and red. But a 2-month-old still can’t coordinate his two eyes properly, so don’t worry if he looks squint !

How does it interact with the outside world?

The baby becomes an active partner in visual and vocal exchanges. Produces noises in the mouth and throat and vocalize : are the famous areu !

When someone stands close to the baby and smiles at her, there’s a good chance she’ll smile back! This is called the “response smile or social smile”, which is no longer a happy smile but an intentional smile.

“It is an important intentional behavior that shows the good psycho-emotional development of your baby and brings joy to the family that cares for him. It is a win-win!” adds Aude Buil.

Is the baby bored?

At two months, the baby discovers the world with great attention. But if she is able to observe for long minutes what is happening around her, she can also get bored quickly of what is not new. “However, it is not boring, because the baby has a great desire to discover the world, when he thinks he has turned around an object or a situation, the agitation that he presents may simply be the signal of his desire to discover something else! ”. explains Aude Buil. This is the time to use it to encourage him to move across the floor or to pick up objects with his hands voluntarily.

To stimulate the baby’s motor skills, nothing better thana carpet ofwake up, but not just anyone! “Choose it firm enough so that he does not slip and feel good support from him – neither blanket nor duvet therefore – and large enough so that he can turn around and move,” advises the psychomotrician. When you’re not on the ground with him, bow can be added “Then it must be mobile to change its position frequently to encourage the baby to move the head in all directions and thus avoid the appearance of a flat area on the head,” he adds.

Although the baby needs stimulation, his universe should be soft and relaxing.

Aude Buil: I advise only giving him 2 or 3 toys and varying them, rather than offering them all at once.

We can go some fairly large and brightly colored objects and contrasted, for them to see and other smaller and lighter that he can grab with his little hand and hold like rattles.

During diaper changes, instead of lifting him by his legs, the psychomotrician advises gently rolling the baby to one side by bringing his legs together and placing his hands on the sides of his pelvis. “Its alot more comfortable for him to be suspended by the legs in the air and allows him to discover in pleasure with his parent rolling on his side, which he can then exercise alone on the ground when he is ready for it”, explains Aude Buil.

The baby needs to communicate both by the language by the look. Several times a day, you can bring your face closer to your baby’s to make eye contact easier. “When your baby’s attention is there, it’s a good time to introduce him to a song, lullaby or nursery rhyme that he likes!” adds the psychomotor.

Finally, the walks contribute to the well-being of the child and the parents! “Seeing daylight allows you to produce hormones that help you find your own rhythm of waking and sleeping.”

2-month-old baby weight and height: what is his growth rate?

“A baby takes on average 20 g per day during their second month of lifetherefore, you will grow an average of 600g during the month,” says Dr. Dailland. In terms of size, it will gain an average of 3 cm in the month.
Weightthe size and measurement of the baby’s cranial circumference are excellent indicators of his physical health: “that is why it is important to check that his curves are regular and that they follow the same path”, explains the pediatrician.

Baby feeding at 2 months: how many ml of milk should he drink?

The baby’s appetite begins to regulate slowly. Milk remains their exclusive diet. when fed with feeding bottlenow take between 5 and 6 per day, from 120 to 150 ml of early infant milk. Breastfed babies continue to eat on demand and nurse an average of 8 to 10 times a day.
But these values ​​are given as an indication and may vary from one child to another. It is especially advisable to trust your baby, and not pay attention to the amounts that she absorbs, because with rare exceptions, he knows how to regulate himself perfectly well !
“As long as the weight and height curves follow their path, it is a priori that the baby is in good health and eats well,” says the pediatrician.

compulsory vaccinations

The ball of vaccines for babies begins this month. “The first two mandatory vaccinations areHexavalent® which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hemophilus influenzae b and hepatitis B, and Prevent®that protects against pneumococci,” lists Dr. Dailland.

What is the sleep pattern of a 2-month-old baby?

At two months, baby asleep on average between 16 and 20 hours a dayand can stay awake for 2-3 hours at a time. He establishes his sleep-wake cycle very gradually, even if he still wakes up at least twice a night to eat.
But rest assured young parents, it is only a matter of weeks before the baby sleeps, since it is around 3 to 4 months that he is able to string together 5 to 6 hours of sleep between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. the morning.

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