A Guide to Your Baby at 2 Months

Your 2-month-old baby's growing! Discover what do to this month with your 8-week-old to 12-week-old.

The newborn phase is a whirlwind for most new parents. By the two-month mark, you're on your way to the other side. Wondering what to expect this month? Read on to learn all about your baby at 2 months.

Must-Know Now

At 2 months old, a breastfed baby should have about four bowel movements a day. They'll be seedy, runny, and mustard-yellow but with little odor. Welcome to the glamour of parenthood!

A formula-fed baby, on the other hand, tends to poop anywhere from twice a day to once every three or four days. Their stool will be greenish, dark yellow, or even beige and more solid.

As babies get older, they fill their diapers less frequently. That said, if your breastfed baby hasn't gone in more than three days, or your formula-fed child hasn't pooped in more than five days, contact your pediatrician.

What Your Baby's Up to This Month

Before, your lovebug's grins were simply reactions to whatever caught their eye. But now, their smiles have a purpose: to connect with you. Tickle their funny bone by singing songs, making silly sounds, and pulling goofy faces (they won't think you're whacked out—promise). They'll quickly realize they can get your attention with a smile, and may even throw in some squeals too.

Your Baby's New Trick

They're getting sharper. Infants start using all five senses the day they're born, but they really become little explorers this month. You'll notice that they increasingly turn toward a rattle or other sounds they hear nearby. (They start to acknowledge noises coming from other areas at around 6 months or so.) They are also becoming quite good at recognizing your face and your scent.

Feel-Good Secret

Want your goodbyes to be tear-free for both of you? Do a few test runs to make it easier for you to leave your child with a sitter. Start by going out for just a half-hour, then work your way up to an hour or more. Before you know it, you'll be ready for a date night with yourself or your (grown-up) sweetie.

To Do in Month 2

Schedule tummy time. Putting your little one on their belly will help them develop head and neck strength, and get them ready for physical milestones such as sitting up, crawling, and walking. They may cry at first, so start with just a couple of sessions a day, each lasting three to five minutes.

Roll up a small receiving blanket, tuck it under their chest, and lie down facing them. You can also prop up a mirror or set out toys. Soon, they'll be holding their head up with pride. You too!

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