Your Baby at 2 Months

Baby's growing! Find out what to do this month.

Baby on Blanket
Buff Strickland

Must-Know Now

Q: Is she pooping enough?

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 tends to poop anywhere from twice a day to once every three or four days. Their stool will be greenish or dark yellow 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 Baby's up to This Month

Oh, look: smiles! 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 Tot'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 your (grown-up) sweetie.

To Do in Month Two

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 squawk 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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