Baby's Development: Second Month

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Posted on: September 9th, 2017by Ivana Stamenkovic

Your Baby’s Appearance at Second Month of Life

Your baby's head is proportionally larger compared to her body, but that's nothing to worry about - the body will soon catch up. Soft spots on her head should still be open and flat. To prevent a flat spot from forming, it's important that you alternate the direction your baby's head is facing each time you put her to sleep. You may also notice that your baby started drooling, although the first teeth probably won't show up yet.

Your Baby’s Growth at Second Month of Life

It's important to monitor the growth and development of your baby because poor weight gain can lead to some potentially serious health concerns. If you're breastfeeding your baby, you should make sure she intakes enough D vitamin.

Your Baby’s Motor Skills at Second Month of Life

To prevent SIDS, you should put your baby to sleep on her back. But during the daytime, your baby should spend some time on her tummy. Spending some time on a tummy helps your baby strengthen her neck muscles (and not develop a flat head). Even though she may be able to hold up her head for a few seconds, it's important you support her neck. Your baby is still too young to play with toys, but you may notice that she loves to bat at a bright object you put in front of her. And she may even hold a toy for a few seconds. She's still learning hand-eye coordination, so you may catch her examining her own hands.

Your Baby’s Senses at Second Month of Life

During the first few months, it's important that your baby gets some skin-to-skin contact. You may give her a relaxing massage - she'll enjoy your touch. Baby's sight is getting better - now she can see objects and people who are at a distance from up to 18 inches, and she slowly begins to follow your movements. Her hearing is also improving - you'll see her turning her head to the source of the noise. If you think your baby might have any hearing problems, don't hesitate to talk to her healthcare provider.

Your Baby’s Sleeping at Second Month of Life

During the second month, your baby will slowly learn the difference between the night and the day, and she'll be able to stay awake for a few hours during the day. And some babies will even sleep for 5-6 hours straight over the night (however, this is more likely to happen later, especially if you're breastfeeding your baby).

Your Baby’s Eating at Second Month of Life

During their second month of life, some babies create a more predictable schedule for themselves, while others still want to breastfeed frequently. It's up to you to decide whether you want to feed on demand or to stick to a schedule. A healthy newborn who is gaining weight can be breastfed on demand, but a baby who doesn't demonstrate signs of hunger should be scheduled.

Your Baby’s Communication at Second Month of Life

She still mostly communicates through crying, but you may hear a few gurgling sounds, and maybe even some coos. Although she still can't answer you, you should talk to her. The baby will react to your voice, and you may even see a hint of a smile.99

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