At 2 months, most babies are beginning to cry less and spend more time awake. They are interested in what's going on around them. Babies enjoy looking at faces, seeing you smile and hearing your voice. They are learning language now, so talk and sing to your baby.
Talk to your baby in long sentences so he or she can hear and learn the grammar of your language. Also spend time making baby sounds, like "ba ba ba," to encourage language development. Pause and allow your baby time to respond. Your baby will also try to copy funny faces that you make.
If your baby will hear more than one language at home, begin exposing him or her to both languages now. It is much easier for children to speak more than one language if they've heard both languages from infancy. Hearing more than one language will not confuse your baby, but consider having one person speak one language to your baby, and another person speak the second language.
Parents often wonder what toys are best for babies. At around 2 months babies are learning to use their neck and shoulder muscles. They soon will begin trying to raise their heads when lying down and to reach out for objects when sitting. You can hold toys out in front of your baby to encourage him or her to reach. Babies love brightly colored objects, and mobiles will attract their attention. You can also introduce a soft rattle.
Here are a few safety tips to remember when choosing toys for your baby:
In addition to learning how to reach for objects, babies this age are able to put their hands in their mouths. It's normal for babies to put objects in their mouths — it is their way of exploring and learning about their world. To keep your baby safe, be careful what objects are left within reach.
Soon your baby's salivary glands will start to work and your baby will begin to drool. This does not mean that your baby is teething.
At this age babies often like to "stand up" while held and bear weight. It is fine to allow your baby to do this. To help your baby's development, allow your baby to spend time in various positions — sitting, standing while held, and lying on his or her back or tummy. Just remember, babies should always be placed on their backs to go to sleep.
Remember that babies develop differently and on their own schedules. Because babies are sleeping on their backs these days, some do not like to roll over. This doesn't mean the baby has a problem. Later on, some babies will also skip the crawling phase.
There are many different ideas about where babies should sleep. Some people believe it is important for babies to sleep with their parents, while others believe babies should sleep by themselves. We believe it is most important that the parents decide what is right for their babies. Take a moment to talk with any adults who live at home with you to decide where you feel comfortable having the baby sleep.
Remember that sleep patterns or habits are formed by 6 months of age. Here are some things you can do now to prevent sleep problems in the future:
One baby book author advocates the "E-A-S-Y" plan to help babies nap better:
For safety reasons babies should always sleep on their backs. Sometimes this causes their heads to become flattened in the back, usually on the right side. To help prevent this, encourage your baby to look to the left and let him or her spend more time sitting up. You you can also give your baby "tummy time" when he or she is awake and supervised. Tummy time helps babies learn how to use their neck and shoulder muscles.
Your baby will continue to grow well on breast milk or formula for the next four months. Although you may be tempted to try giving your baby solid foods early, there are a number of reasons not to start solid foods, including baby cereal, until about 6 months of age. Some of these reasons include:
A few extremely important safety tips:
Used by permission of Jane E. Anderson, M.D.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
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