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Two- to Three-Month-Olds

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Updated March 31, 2007

Two months is a fun time, and you can expect your baby to smile, laugh and make noises, lift his head and chest up while lying on his stomach, like this baby.
A two-month-old baby.

A two-month-old baby.

Photo (c) Paulus Rusyanto
Although your two-month-old will be awake for longer periods of time, he will still mostly be eating and sleeping. Your infant will still get all of his nutrition from breast milk or an iron fortified infant formula. There is usually no need to supplement with water, juice or cereal at this time. He will likely now be on a more predictable schedule and will probably be nursing or drinking 5-6 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours.

What You Need To Know Your Two-Month-Old Baby

  • Feeding practices to avoid: putting your baby's bottle in bed or propping the bottle while feeding, putting cereal in the bottle, feeding the baby honey, introducing solids before 4 to 6 months, or heating bottles in the microwave.
  • If your baby has colic, you can be reassured that colic symptoms usually peak when a baby is about 6 weeks old, and then get better and go away by the time a baby is 3 to 4 months old.
  • The AAP recommends that breastfed infants receive oral vitamin D drops each day to prevent rickets.
  • Over the next few months, developmental milestones will include rolling over, bearing weight on his legs, sitting with support and holding on to a rattle.
  • Make sure your baby's crib is safe before you move him into it.
  • Remember that you can begin to use insect repellents with DEET on your infant once he is two months old.
  • At the two-month checkup, you can expect a complete physical exam, a review of feeding and sleep schedules, measurement of your child's height, weight and head circumference, and immunizations, including DTaP, IPV, HepB (these three may be combined in the combo vaccine Pediarix), Hib, Prevnar, RotaTeq.
  • Common Infant Problems

Two-Month-Old Baby Topics



Sources:

AAP Policy Statement. Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No. 2 February 2005, pp. 496-506.

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