Developing and Caring for a 2-Month-Old Baby - Sunday Hug

Developing and Caring for a 2-Month-Old Baby

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A two-month-old baby who’s just grown out of their newborn baby's tee and started to babble has this cute appearance that gradually increases as they grow older. Want to learn more about the development of your 2-month-old baby and how to care for your 2-month-old baby?

Standard values ​​for the development of a 2-month-old baby (refer to the 2017 growth chart for children and adolescents).

Height (cm)/ Weight Percentile
5th
15th
25th
50th
75th
85th
95th
2 months
left
55.1cm
56.4cm
57.1cm
58.4cm
59.8cm
60.5cm
61.7 cm
4.5 kg
4.9 kg
5.1 kg
5.6 kg
6.0kg
6.3 kg
6.8kg
2 month-old
girl
53.7cm
55.0cm
55.7 cm
57.1cm
58.4cm
59.2cm
60.4cm
4.1 kg
4.5 kg
4.7 kg
5.1 kg
5.6 kg
5.9 kg
6.3 kg

2-Month-Old Baby’s Development

Around 2 months of age, babies continue to try to lift their heads. Although neck control isn't perfect, it's a time when neck strength is needed to some extent. Vision also develops more than in the 0–1-month period, as they start focusing on moving objects. However, it is still difficult for them to clearly distinguish the contours.

Crying is more specific, and the cry made when hungry and when drowsy are different. Childcare becomes easier if you can distinguish these. Babies start babbling and show a smile. It's a physiological laugh where the facial muscles move by themselves, rather than expressing emotions toward mom and dad. Nevertheless, please smile and talk warmly with them. There is no better way to aid your child's emotional development!

Caring for a 2-month-old Baby

1. Around the age of 2 months, the baby has passed the newborn period, but they are still very weak. Be sure to support your baby's neck and head when holding the baby. It is forbidden to play games such as shaking the body or throwing a child high.

2. Your baby's eyes may look like they have strabismus, but it's okay if there are no abnormal findings in infant check-ups, etc.

3. If your baby has a high fever before 3 months of age, this is a bad sign. You may have to go to the emergency room. A high fever before 3 months of age should always be dealt with sensitively.

4. Always dress your baby in cool, loose-fitting clothes. To prevent diaper rash and sweat bands, it is also a good idea to remove the diaper often. Especially in summer, sweat bands easily occur, so create a comfortable environment, and thoroughly wipe between your child’s folds of skin when bathing them.

5. Now is the time to gradually create a feeding rhythm. Of course, you may be breastfeeding as soon as you have free time, but please think about the direction of how you want to manage your breastfeeding rhythm in the future. Encourage active play during the day and static play at night to help your baby gradually differentiate between day and night. When you grasp these basics, you can clearly proceed with sleep education.

6. What are the vaccinations for 2-month-old babies? Babies aged 2 months need to be vaccinated, such as with the 1st dose of DPT. Don't forget to visit the Department of Pediatrics to get your baby vaccinated.

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Author: Deok Hyun Jang

- Former Nursery School Director

- A veteran teacher who has been running a daycare center for 20 years.