Your 2 month old baby's growth and development
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Congratulations! You're a proud parent of a 2 month old. Your baby is growing fast, developing new skills and habits every day. It's important that you take this time to help your baby's sleep and motor skills. You'll be amazed at how much they change in just two short months. Read on for our guide on everything you need to know about two month olds — including what to expect, when they'll start eating solid foods, how often they should nap throughout the day, tips on tummy-time exercises and more!
Your 2 month old
These first two months of your baby's life have been a whirlwind, but it's hard to imagine that you're only half-way through. Your little one is growing fast (which you may have noticed), and she's learning new skills every day. You've probably noticed that your baby has also developed a certain personality during these first two months, and that could mean she'll be easier or harder to handle than other kids in the future! Your child might also be developing a bond with you that will last her entire life—and she'll learn how to communicate with you as well.
Baby's brain at 2 months old
Your baby's brain is developing rapidly, and she's learning to control her little body.
At 2 months old, you'll notice she can hold up her head for a few moments. She may be able to see objects in the distance better than before. She may also be able to reach for toys and learn how to grasp them with her fingers.
At 3 months old, your baby will start crawling on hands and knees (although this won't happen until around four months). She'll also be able to roll over from back to front or vice versa! As she grows bigger, so do her muscles—which means that as soon as they're strong enough, they'll help her lift herself up into sitting position too! By 4 months old children should be able to sit alone without support (and even stand), although they probably won't walk until later on in their first year of life (around 9-12 months).
Sleep habits at 2 months old
Babies sleep a lot at 2 months old. You may be surprised to learn that your baby is sleeping for up to 16 hours a day! Babies usually start out sleeping between 14 and 17 hours per day, but this number can fluctuate throughout the first year of life. Some babies will sleep more than 18 hours a day during their first few months of life.
Sleep needs vary from one baby to another, depending on factors such as age, weight and length (infants grow very quickly in the first few months!). Most babies are able to sleep through the night by eight weeks old and many can do so before they turn three months old. By six months old most newborns are able to go all night without waking up once or twice; however some will still wake periodically until they reach 12-18 months of age when they begin sleeping through the night consistently again
Milestones at 2 months old
At 2 months old, your baby is starting to develop more motor skills. This is a good time to start noticing how your 2 month old baby's small muscles are getting stronger and more coordinated. Your baby may be able to roll over from back to front, lift his/her head when lying on his/her stomach and hold it up when sitting up.
Your 2 month old baby is also starting to develop large motor skills. This means your baby may be able to reach out and grab objects, hold them or drop them when you move away. He/she can turn his/her head towards sounds and make eye contact with you.
Body and height at 2 months old
Your baby's body is growing. A two-month-old's body grows about 1 inch per month.
Your baby's height is growing too. Most babies are now between 15 and 17 inches long, including their head and feet. Some babies may be shorter or taller than that but it doesn't usually mean anything serious is wrong with them if they fall outside the range of expected height for their age group. (The same goes for weight.)
Your baby's eyes are developing, so they need sunlight to help them grow properly! If possible, try to take your baby outside every day in the sun so his eyes can get a healthy dose of vitamin D—this will help prevent lazy eye in childhood and boost vision later on in life!
How many hours should a baby nap?
At this stage, your baby should be sleeping for at least 12 hours per day. This is the amount of sleep needed by a newborn.
At two months old, you can start to count on 14 hours of sleep for every 24-hour cycle. That's still not enough, but it's closer than it was with the newborn stage!
By four months, you can expect 15 hours of sleep per day from your child; this will help him develop into an active and alert toddler who's better prepared to interact with the world around him.
Is it normal for a two month old to not sleep through the night?
It is normal for a two month old to not sleep through the night. At this age, your baby's body clock has only just begun to develop. For now she will be waking up frequently throughout the night and needing feeding or cuddles.
As your baby gets older, she'll be sleeping more at night too, although you might find that her sleeping patterns are still affected by teething and other factors such as illness or growth spurts."
When to start tummy time with your baby?
It is important to start tummy time with your baby from the time she is born. Tummy time helps your baby develop her upper body strength, as well as improve her muscle tone in her arms and legs.
Tummy time should be started when your baby can hold her head up on its own, roll over either way, and push up on both arms as well as reach for toys.
If you are unsure whether or not it's safe for your baby to do tummy time, talk with your pediatrician before doing so.
How much should a two month old eat?
The amount of food a two month old needs depends on their weight and height. A baby's growth is closely linked to the amount of milk they consume. It's important that you don't overfeed your baby or underfeed them, as this can lead to health problems.
A healthy, full-term newborn should double their birth weight by 4 months old. If your newborn hasn't doubled their weight by 4 months old, talk with your doctor about getting medical advice and treatment options.
As a general guide, feed your baby every 3-4 hours; making sure they have 8 feeds in 24 hours (including any breastmilk feeds). This will help ensure your baby gets enough milk during the day as well as night-time feeds if needed for comfort reasons (and sleep for mum!).
Your 2 month old is growing fast! Take this chance to help your baby's sleep and motor skills.
Do your best to help your baby sleep and rest as much as possible, especially during this period. It's important for them to get a lot of sleep during their first two months because they'll need it to grow and develop.
Talk about tummy time with your 2-month-old baby. Tummy time is good for helping babies learn how to lift their heads up, strengthen the muscles in their backs, and develop stronger neck muscles so that they can hold up their heads later on in life (which will be much easier once they can sit up).
Encourage naps at least one or two times per day if possible! Napping is also an important part of your 2 month old's growth and development—this is when they're able to consolidate all the information they've learned throughout the day into long-term memory storage areas of the brain! If you don't have any naps scheduled yet this week just remember: don't worry about it :) That'll come soon enough! In fact, there are lots more things we want talk about today too...
We hope that this article has given you the information you need about your two month old's growth and development. While it may be hard to believe, those first two months can go by in a flash! But don't worry - as long as you're taking care of your baby and getting plenty of rest yourself, everything will work out just fine.