Your Baby At 1 And 2 Months Old

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

By the time your baby is one month old you'll have got the hang of breastfeeding, bathing, burping and handling her and will have settled into a comfortable routine that is much more manageable.

And although your baby has been able to recognise you since she was a few days old, your 1 month old baby may be showing obvious signs of recognition and will react differently to you than she does to strangers.

Your one month old baby:

should be able to:

lift her head briefly when lying on her stomach
be able to focus on a face
respond to sounds

will probably be able to:

follow a moving object. (Try passing a rattle or any everyday household object from side to side in front of her)
see black and white patterns

may possibly be able to:

smile in response to your smile
vocalise in ways other than crying, for example, cooing, gurgling or humming. Be sure to coo and gurgle back
hold her head at a 45 degree angle when on her stomach. Remember, skills babies show from the tummy position can only be learnt from practice so make sure your baby has some tummy time every day

Your 2 month old baby

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

A two month old baby has started to progress from an unresponsive newborn to an increasingly alert and active tiny person and you will have become more confident with recognising your baby's needs as you both begin to settle into a more predictable routine.

Your 2 month old baby will be wanting more stimulation so look out for more detailed and complicated designs and let her reach out and touch them.

She could now be sleeping through the night, but don't worry if she isn't. Most babies will still need at least one feed during the night to keep them satisfied. She may go for longer stretches when she does sleep and is staying awake for longer in between.

This month might also bring a particularly special moment – your baby's first smile.

Your two month old baby:

should be able to:

respond to a bell in some way
hold her head up for short periods
follow objects
vocalize in ways other than crying, for example, cooing, gurgling or humming

will probably be able to:

smile in response to your smile
hold her head at a 45 degree angle when on her stomach
keep her movements smoother and slightly more controlled. She should grab objects voluntarily now rather than in the early days when it was mostly instinctive.

may possibly be able to:

smile spontaneously
laugh out loud or squeal in delight
bring both hands together
lift her head 90 degrees when on her stomach
bear her weight on her legs when supported

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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