2 months: infancy
The sleep is still quite long, but the waking time is increased to 1-1.5 hours. It is important to learn to understand when a child is tired and at the first signs of fatigue try to put him to bed. The fact is that he quickly overworkes and then cannot fall asleep because of this. Many mothers notice the optimal waking time of the child, after which it is easiest to put him to bed.
The nutritional volume of children is approximately 1/5 of their weight. Frequent attachments to the chest are still relevant for this age, but many children themselves already create a certain sleep-meal-wake regimen.
The baby’s gastrointestinal tract has adapted sufficiently to a new type of diet and is no longer responding strongly to any changes in the diet of a nursing mother. The stool in children on exclusively breastfeeding may be absent even for 2 weeks, and then normalize on their own. It is very important that the lack of a chair does not cause the child anxiety and discomfort. Please note that the chair in this case is not dense lumps or “goat balls”, but rather a soft consistency.
The same situation if the child does not have stool exclusively on breastfeeding, for example, a week. At the same time, the child is active and cheerful, just by the end of this week he begins to eat a little less. After this, an independent chair departs, the first portion of which is quite dense, and the subsequent soft or even liquid. The volume of the chair is large enough. And after the stool departs, the child begins to eat, as usual – a lot and with appetite. This situation is very common and quite normal.
The kid knows how to focus on things that interest him. He recognizes and emotionally distinguishes you from the whole environment. You may notice that the baby can cry sharply, protesting when you leave.
Crying is still the main way to communicate with you and the world around us. However, the baby by the end of the month there is a wide variety of emotions that he learns to express. Adaptation to the outside world has already been completed, and now the child is trying to interact with him.
Gradually, the reflexes of newborns fade away, transforming into skills.
Sight and hearing
All children are shortsighted, but with each passing month they can see further and further. A two-month-old child already knows how to fix his gaze on new or bright objects in his field of vision. But the distance is limited to about 1 meter. In addition, it is difficult for the baby to closely monitor a moving object that is far away, however, at a distance of about 20 cm, the baby will be pretty good at tracking a moving toy.
Pay attention to how the child watches his hands, how he views them. Very soon, he will understand that it is his hands and will learn to manage them.
The child’s hearing also develops. The kid is already actively listening to the sound of your voice, turns his head towards the source of the sound, smiles in response to your speech. Music is a great way to develop hearing. Try to talk with your child as often as possible.
Infants of this age respond better to a higher voice, so most people involuntarily raise the tone of their voice when talking with children. Scientists have found out that such “cursing” (without distorting words, of course) does not slow down the development of speech in children. The bonus for frequent conversation with the child will be his satisfied and deliberate smile.
A child learns to distinguish between human voices. So, already at the age of two months, he distinguishes the voice of his mother from all the others.
♦ In the supine position, raises his head and holds it for several seconds in a row (often even 20-30 seconds).
♦ In an upright position on his hands, he confidently holds his head.
♦ When lying on your stomach, it begins to rise on your hands, tearing off the chest from a horizontal surface.
♦ Responds with a deliberate smile to mom’s approach.
♦ Holds and swings the toy in the hand.
The baby is already beginning to realize that something moving around him is his hands. He begins to follow them and learns to consciously manage them. While the child is still involuntarily grabbing everything that is in the reach of his hands: a diaper, toys, his own fingers.
Frequent laying on the stomach is the key to harmonious development. The child learns to hold his head and is already trying to raise his chest. This develops coordination and keeps muscles in good shape. Dress your baby in clothes that do not interfere with movement; do not swaddle him while you are awake.
How to play with baby
The main game aimed at developing a child at this age is to follow moving objects. It is at this age that kids are extremely interested in musical mobiles. They simultaneously develop his vision and hearing. Toys hanging over the bed will allow the child to develop hand coordination, as he will try to reach them.
What can a child learn
During wakefulness, try to sing to the baby, tell tales or just talk to him.