The child grows and develops, begins to stay awake more. Sleep still takes up most of the time, but sleep and wake rates change slightly. About how much a baby should sleep at 2 months and how to achieve this - further in the article.
2 month development jump
The child’s sleep is affected not only by the observance of sleep and wakefulness standards, but also by mental development. The baby’s brain is growing rapidly, and for this reason, around 7-8 weeks, the head circumference increases sharply. At the age of two months, the baby begins to become better aware of the world around him and himself in it, he is already beginning to examine his pens, observe and study what is happening around. Children at 2 months can become restless, sleep more sensitively. You should not worry about this, hug the baby more, talk to him, smile, looking into his eyes. By about 10 weeks, the baby calms down and sleeps better again.
Usually by two months the baby sleeps 4-5 times during the day. The duration of one sleep is from 40 minutes to 2 hours.
From 2 months, children may experience short daytime dreams - 20-30 minutes. Such dreams may well be the physiological norm, however, if all the baby's daytime dreams are short, while he is capricious, he behaves uneasily, he clearly does not have time to regain his strength and rest. In this case, try to prolong the sleep by reconstructing the usual conditions for falling asleep as soon as he wakes up. For example, if he fell asleep during motion sickness, take him in his arms and shake him a little.
Breastfeeding and Sleep
Sometimes breastfeeding becomes a way for the baby to calm down and go to sleep. It is important to understand that habits that form up to 4 months will then be very difficult to change. If you are not against sharing sleep and falling asleep only with your chest, then use this method safely. With it, you will not need to rock the baby and come up with other laying methods. If you want the child to learn how to fall asleep and sleep on his own for a long time, then separate feeding and sleep. To do this, feed the baby not before bedtime, but after. Also separate places for sleeping and feeding. For example, put your baby to sleep in the room, and feed in the kitchen. Thus, you will teach your child to fall asleep on their own and free up more time for yourself.
How much should a child eat in 2 months
A two-month-old baby should receive about 800 ml of milk per day. The volume of food for one feeding can reach 120 - 150 ml. Remember, a hungry child will not sleep well, so if the baby has difficulty falling asleep and the duration of sleep - it is worth checking the sufficiency of lactation. Clarification: in the question of how much a child should eat in 2 months, we focus on natural feeding, in artificial somewhat different norms.
How to bed a two-month-old baby
There are so many people - there are so many opinions, and each of them has the right to exist. So, let's begin.
Method 1. Self falling asleep. It is possible to fully transfer a child to self-falling asleep only after 6 months. After 4 months, you can conduct active training. At 2 months, the baby is still very young, so if he can’t fall asleep on his own, do not insist on it. To minimize this stage of falling asleep, it is recommended to put the baby in the crib only after he begins to show drowsiness - yawn, squint, rub his eyes. At the same time, observe if the baby cries and asks for mom, take it and do not make it cry for a long time. Such stress is not at all useful for the psyche of the child and his trust in his mother.When the child falls asleep, put him in the crib so that he is not used to sleeping only on his hands or next to his mother.
Method 2: Motion sickness. A lot has been said about his harm in due time. The luminaries of Soviet and post-Soviet pediatrics convinced their parents that motion sickness leads to sleep disturbances, and subsequently to the spoiling and excessive dependence of the child on her mother. The trend of recent years does not prohibit rocking: if you are worried about the emotional health of yours and your baby, rock it to health, at least in your arms, at least in a stroller or rocking chair, at least in a sling or on a fitball.
Method 3: Falling asleep at the chest. This method works "perfectly" - the child, having received the required portion of food, falls asleep quickly and deeply, and it’s even easier for mom. The main thing is to carefully put the sleeping child into the crib without waking him up. And, of course, make sure that the baby is not choked with milk in the process of falling asleep.
Method 4: Ritual. A certain sequence of actions helps to develop a clear algorithm. For example, evening bathing, relaxing massage, and then feeding and sleeping. Over time, this regimen will allow the child to learn to fall asleep at the same time.
Joint or separate sleep: which is better?
Another very effective method of hassle-free laying is a joint sleep. It would seem to be ideal for both mother and child. No need to take it from the chest and shift it, risking waking it up, and the feeling of closeness and unity provides a healthy sleep for both. However, there are "contraindications." Firstly, this method is not always suitable for dad, for whom there is often no place left in the family box. Secondly, the careless movement of a mother who is fast asleep can cause serious harm to the baby.
In addition, sooner or later, the child will still have to be accustomed to his own separate bedroom place, and to do this at a later age will not be easy. Although, if other options do not work, you can take advantage of this.
Do I need to wake a baby to feed?
The answer to this question can only be given taking into account several factors. If the baby is gaining weight well, then there is no need to wake him up during the day. Pediatricians recommend waking up a baby who has been sleeping for more than 5 hours in a row, because a long break in food can cause him to drop blood glucose levels, and this is a potentially dangerous condition.
If your baby was born on time, with normal rates and is gaining weight well, and you feed him on demand - do not rush to disturb the baby’s sweet dream: he will wake up on his own as soon as he gets hungry.
2 months baby's sleep: how to help your baby sleep sweetly?
Today an interesting letter came from the reader about the dream of a small child, and I will try to answer him in detail.
“Good time, Lyudmila! My name is Natalya, I’m the mother of a two-month-old baby.
Recently, I listened to a free recording of your seminar on childhood sleep. This topic is new and unexplored for me. The fact is that I do not quite understand if I am doing everything correctly. We are trying to establish a regime. My baby falls asleep right after the bath, it is somewhere at 20.00-20.30, but his sleep can last about an hour, and then he wakes up anyway. Should the child wake up and stay awake in this interval from 21.00 to 24.00? And what time should I get up in the morning? It doesn’t work out early, because I want to get enough sleep, and by 7-8 in the morning I do not have time. Does the baby suffer from this? If it does not bother you, at least briefly answer these questions. Thanks in advance."
So, at 2 months, how much does the baby sleep? Are there any norms?
Of course, at any age there are average guidelines that are worth looking at. But at 2 months the baby is still very much affected by the way they care for him - is everything soft and careful, is the baby enough in his mother’s arms, does he get the right amount of warmth and affection, how is breastfeeding built?
It may be hard to believe, but if the child feels safe, and this is achieved by the actions of his mother, then his sleep becomes more calm.
A two-month-old baby sleeps restlessly and briefly if he sleeps alone! This is due to the peculiarity of the brain - while superficial sleep still prevails over deep and the child during the light phase of sleep is very sensitively monitoring - is his mother next to him or has she left?
If you put the child in a crib and leave, then most likely in 30-40 minutes he will surely wake up and call you. The child’s sleep at this age is short.
Most often, a two-month-old baby combines breast sucking and sleep. So, for example, if you feed the baby, but he closes his eyes, his body is relaxed, his eyelids are closed, his breathing is even and calm, it is safe to say that the baby is sleeping under his chest. For a small child, such dreams are typical! This does not need to be disturbed and it does not need to be rebuilt!
Everything has its time! The child will grow, the sleep cycles will become longer, the child’s confidence in you will grow stronger and he will be able to sleep some dreams while lying alone in the crib (useful article on choosing a crib for a newborn >>>).
However, among my clients with two-month-old babies, this situation practically does not happen. Most often, children sleep either in a sling, or the mother is lying nearby, and the baby is sleeping under the breast.
Often mothers complain that 2 months old baby sleeps poorly.
This means that the child does not want to sleep alone, or his sleep is very short 20-40 minutes.
I don’t want to upset you, but that's fine! This is how a healthy, healthy breastfeeding baby sleeps!
And you are confused by the hodgepodge of articles by authors who have never talked with normal babies and write that at 2 months the baby should sleep 15-16 hours, and at the same time it’s postponed in the mind of the reading mother that 15-16 hours SEPARATE from the mother, lying in the crib.
How to help a small child sleep better?
- Keep track of your waking hours.
At each age, it is different: the older the child, the longer he can do without sleep.
If the child is taking a walk, stress hormones begin to be produced in his body, the child enters into overexcitation, can cry for a long time and calm down with difficulty.
Another sign of overdoing is that the child falls asleep for a long time, even when sucking. Usually the baby goes to sleep in 10-15 minutes. If the baby is breastfeeding for 30-40-50 minutes and at the same time you see that he is tense, his eyelids are trembling, the arms and legs continue to move or tremble, i.e. the child will not go into a deep sleep in any way - know that the child has been taking a walk. You missed the moment when you had to put him to bed.
At 2 months, the baby should NOT stay awake for longer than 1.5-2 hours.
- Help your child relax and fall asleep.
If you see that the waking time is coming to an end and soon you need to lay the baby, take him in your arms, darken the curtains a bit, and gently rock the baby in his arms.
In 2 months you can still swaddle your baby for sleep - this helps to restore the sensations of life in my mother’s tummy and the baby falls asleep more calmly.
Offer the breast and stay close until the baby releases it.
- Behave according to the age of the child.
Children grow quickly and their rhythms change very much during the first year of life. You, as a mother, should constantly be on the alert and change the time of wakefulness and laying down in time. It is also worth creating the child optimal conditions for his development.
Just recently, My Beloved Kid took a course - about the secrets of developing and raising a child up to a year that a caring mother should know. In the first lesson, we examined in detail how the rhythms of sleep, feeding, and behavior of a child change during the first year of life. I recommend to view this course. This will allow you to better understand your baby!
A baby’s sleep at 2 months still has the following features:
During the day, there are usually 2 long sleeps - this means that the baby sleeps from 1.5 to 2 hours, and 3-4 short sleeps when the baby sleeps for 30-40 minutes, most often without letting the chest out of your mouth!
Again, I repeat - this is the norm for the baby! This does not need to be fixed! You just need to survive it.
Does the child need a regime at this age?
About the regime in 2 months is not worth talking, because it is not. A less pronounced daily regimen may appear in a child older than 3 months, and before this age the consequences of childbirth are even stronger, and how you care for the child during the day is of great importance. The more impressions, stresses, frustrations during the day - the more disturbing a dream at night!
ABOUT other features of baby sleep look in my small video tutorial:
Baby sleep at 2 months
Almost any baby wakes up 40-60 minutes after falling asleep to attach to the chest. If the mother was not around, he can wake up completely and stay awake, so we try to be around by the time of this awakening, give breasts, and help the child fall asleep further.
Then there may be a 4-5 hour interval when the child is sleeping soundly and does not wake up.
Necessarily wakes up at 4, 6, 8 in the morning for feeding. These feedings persist until 2 years of age.
If there is no 4-hour night pause, and the baby sucks more often, this may be a normal option in difficult births or pregnancy with many drugs taken. It’s better not to change anything and allow the child to solve his internal difficulties and anxieties near his mother’s chest.
For more information about the sleep of a child under 1 year of age and the causes of nighttime waking up, see the course Sleeping Sleeping Baby from Birth to 6 Months
I hope that I was able to help you sort out the question of how much the child sleeps at 2 months, why he can sleep poorly and how to help him sleep better!
I will be glad to your questions on the subject under discussion! Write in the comments!
Lyudmila Sharova, Consultant on Baby Sleep and Breastfeeding, Child Psychologist.
How should a baby sleep at 2 months
By 2-2.5 months, you will notice that if your baby was constantly sleeping before this, now he wakes up more often, behaves more actively during the day, shows more interest in others. This is due to the fact that at birth in the blood of newborns contained maternal melatonin, which was delivered to the baby through the placenta. And from 2-2.5 months, babies begin to gradually develop their own sleep hormone. By 3 months, changes in fluctuations in the hormone cortisol also appear. These two hormones will determine the future sleep of the baby.
How much should a baby sleep in 2 months? In the second month of life, the child will sleep 14-17 hours a day.
By this age, sleep is gaining more and more organization. From 6 weeks, pieces of sleep become longer at night. The sleep cycle consists of fast and slow phases. During REM sleep, babies can toss, turn, agitate, startle. During the slow phase, the sleep in babies is deeper and stronger. At the end of each cycle between dreams, the children wake up. And at 2 months, the task of the parents is to help the baby to fall asleep back in any way.
How much should two-month-old children sleep in the afternoon?
At this age, the child has a more understandable structure of sleep during the day. The beginning and their duration will still change, as will the baby’s wakefulness between dreams. You can stick to the schedule with 4-6 day dreams. One of the dreams will be long - about 2 hours.
The baby will begin to sleep in cycles of 40-45 minutes. This is due to the duration of one sleep cycle and does not mean that the child would get enough sleep if he wakes up after this period of time. If necessary, re-lay the baby in this case.
If a child sleeps too long in one day's sleep (more than 3 hours), it will be correct to wake him.
The baby can now stay awake for no more than 1 hour - 1 hour and 15 minutes.But you should avoid overwork and also monitor for signs of fatigue and take into account the duration of the child’s previous sleep.
If the child calms down, loses interest in the surrounding objects, begins to rub his eyes, directs his gaze to one point, for no reason begins to get nervous and ask for food, which means he wants to sleep and he must proceed to laying down. If the child is naughty and crying, then he is already overworked.
Babies in their second month of life stop sleeping everywhere. Therefore, it is very important to arrange suitable conditions and a safe place to sleep in the children's room.
It is important to create darkness for all dreams, turn on white noise and monitor the temperature and humidity in the nursery.
The crib is the best place to relax the child. There should be nothing superfluous in it - only an elastic mattress with a sheet on an elastic band. Does the baby fall asleep in his arms, and when waking up in bed, wakes up? Wait 20 minutes for the baby to fall asleep soundly, and then change the place of sleep.
2 months old baby sleep
The duration of night sleep is gradually increasing. The child already leaves the night earlier and less “walks” between sleep cycles. But so far the laying time is not so important as whether the baby spills out the norm of sleep. A two-month baby’s night sleep lasts about 9-10 hours with awakenings for feeding. What should be the schedule of night feedings, the pediatrician will tell. The baby will most likely wake up 2-4 times at night to eat.
Awakenings at night are associated not only with hunger, but also with other factors
- The child is overworked - this happens if the mother missed the right time for laying down or when the baby sleeps little during daytime sleep.
- Also, on the contrary, if the child sleeps regularly more during the day than at night. The crumbs are confused day and night.
- The kid is physically uncomfortable (the room is too hot / cold, dry air, etc.) or his stomach hurts.
Some children at this age can already calm themselves by briefly sucking a finger. But before 4 months, they still need to get the most support from their parents: to help relax and fall asleep back when they wake up.
Here, besides a breast or a bottle, you will be helped: swaddling, shuffling, motion sickness. It is best to alternate all methods of sedation.
Swaddling protects the arms and legs from being thrown up - the baby does not wake himself with them, and it’s more convenient for you to shift the baby into the crib. During swaddling, the baby is in a position resembling an intrauterine atmosphere (darkness and tightness). A gag and motion sickness calms even more when falling asleep.
The child is ready for the introduction of the ritual to sleep.
Daily repeating actions before bedtime set it to rest and facilitate laying. Include in the ritual massage, swaddling, feeding, carrying the baby in her arms. At the end, read the tale or sing a lullaby. Separation of feeding and falling asleep will help the child in the future learn to fall asleep independently, not relying only on the chest. Gradually, food will become part of the ritual, and not the only way to sleep.
Feeding and sleeping
The feeding regimen remains on demand. Since the mixture is digested more slowly, meals will be less common in children on IW.
The number of applications during breastfeeding during the day will be about 6-9, at night - from 2 to 4 times. For a two-month-old baby, about 800-900 ml is enough. milk or 700-750 ml. mixture per day. On-demand feeding of the baby usually occurs within 15-20 minutes.
The baby of the second month of life has a need for contact with the outside world. He begins to be distracted by environmental stimuli during sucking and eats less milk or milk during the day than he needs. Therefore, offer breasts for sleep and after waking up. And while feeding, retire with the baby in a quiet place, darken the room so that nothing distracts him, and offer your breasts in a relaxed atmosphere.
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How much should a baby sleep in 2 months
1. How much should a baby sleep in 2 months
2. How much should a two-month-old baby sleep in the afternoon?
3. How to organize day and night sleep
4. Afternoon sleep in the fresh air
5. Winter time
At the age of two months, the child also continues to spend most of his time in his sleep.
The duration of night and daytime sleep is slightly reduced.
A two-month-old baby showing interest in the world around him becomes more active.
Little spends on sleep an average of 17-19 hours a day.
Your baby's attitude to him affects your baby’s sound sleep. Try to be with him constantly. Confidence in the constant care of parents creates a feeling of protection and safety in the baby, the baby feels calmer.
At 2 months, the baby is still dominated by a superficial short-term daytime sleep. Every month, sleep cycles will become longer.
How much should a two-month baby sleep in the afternoon?
Daytime sleep is 6 to 8 hours. The baby is awake both between feedings, so regardless of them.
The baby may not sleep 30 to 60 minutes before or after nursing during the day. This time period can be used for games, eye contact, joyful communication with the baby. The baby can already focus his eyes on the subjects that interest him. Some children can even give their mother a smile.
A two-month-old baby quickly gets tired and a wakeful sleep takes place instead of wakefulness, which can only disturb the feeling of hunger. The duration of such a dream can be up to 2 hours, as a rule, there are two such dreams per day. The remaining daytime dreams of a two-month-old baby are short - 30-40 minutes.
Some babies' night sleep may increase, and night-time feeding may decrease (up to two) .Do not accustom your baby to motion sickness, as a prerequisite for falling asleep. The best time for a night sleep at two months of age is between 20.00 and 21.30. If the baby is put to bed later, he may overwork and find it more difficult to fall asleep, so it is important to observe the daily routine.
The duration of a night's sleep without a break for feeding can be from 3 to 5 hours.
How to organize day and night sleep
- Temperature. Maintain the necessary microclimate of the room - the optimum air temperature is not lower than 20 and not higher than 24 degrees. Humidity is 50-70 percent.
- Mode.Set the day mode for the baby, trying to put to bed at the same time. At 2 months, the regimen does not yet exist for the baby, but gradually you are accustomed to it.
- Bathing. Do gymnastics with your baby in a complex with a relaxing massage before an evening swim. Bathing is best done in a large bath; the water temperature should not exceed 36 degrees. It is better if it is 34 degrees, the baby will lose more unspent energy, and then fall asleep sweetly.
- Crib. The child should sleep in his crib. Use an orthopedic mattress. Do not place a pillow under the baby’s head. Bedding made from natural fabrics.
- Breast sucking. At the age of two months, the baby has a need for constant sucking on her mother’s breast, so the baby relaxes, calms down. If the baby has such a need, use nipples for this. With constant sucking, the baby’s stomach “doesn’t rest”, the baby eats, and negative reactions occur (increased gas formation) —the crumb will not be up to sleep.
- Lullabies. During your daytime wakefulness, spend active time - play, walk with your baby, it is better to spend the evening time in a quiet environment - singing calm or lullaby songs.
- Diapers. Use of disposable diapers during a night's sleep (a wet bed will not cause discomfort to the child).
- Walks in the open air. The most sound and healthy sleep is daytime sleep in the fresh air. Walk more time outside, ventilate the nursery, saturating with clean and cool air.
In winter, daytime sleep in the fresh air is no less useful. But you need to make sure that the baby is not cold, wear appropriate weather conditions. Children of this age are not yet capable of independent thermoregulation.
The air temperature should not exceed minus 10 degrees, provided that you walked earlier and the baby was used to the freezing temperature.
A nap in the fresh air is a good way to improve health, but babies of two months can fall asleep soundly, skipping the next feeding. Walking should not exceed the time interval between feedings, otherwise the baby will receive an insufficient amount of mother's milk.
Properly organized sleep is the key to the health of not only the baby, but parents.
How much should a baby sleep in 2 months
Sleep is an integral part of human life. However, its frequency and duration in people of different ages are different. What are the features of a two-month-old baby’s sleep and how much should a baby sleep in 2 months?
The first 2 months of life, the baby sleeps most of the time. Normally, he should rest every day for 16-18 hours.
How much should a 2-month-old baby sleep at night and in the afternoon?
The mode of rest and wakefulness in infants changes very quickly. In this regard, mothers need to know how much a baby should sleep in 2 months. It should be remembered that sleep standards are approximate. Each kid is individual. The duration of the rest depends on his character, external situation, and well-being.
Standards for wakefulness and sleep
In a 2-month-old baby, superficial sleep predominates. He is napping, listening to the surroundings. The baby is calmer when mom is nearby. The child is sensitive to the absence of people. If left alone, he will quickly wake up. To extend the rest time, you must always be there.
The norm is rest up to 18 hours a day. At the same time, the child does not sleep, like adults, for 8 hours in a row. In daylight, the duration of sleep is from half an hour to 2 hours. In the dark - from 2 to 4 hours. In rare cases, the baby sleeps without waking up to 6 hours.
An approximate schedule of sleep during the day:
- from 7:30 to 9:30,
- from 11:00 to 12:00,
- from 14:30 to 16:30,
- from 18:00 to 19:00.
Night sleep usually starts at 21:00 and lasts until 6:00. During the night, the child can wake up to 4 times. The reason for awakening is hunger. It is important for mom not to let the crumbs stay awake, otherwise the baby may not sleep at midnight. You need to immediately calm and give the chest. During sucking, the baby falls asleep quickly. With artificial feeding, children usually wake up less often, since the mixtures are longer digested in comparison with breast milk.
Permissible deviations from the norm
Active babies sleep less, calm ones sleep longer. Therefore, deviations from the norm in 2-3 hours in any direction are not considered pathology. Before you panic, it is worth watching the behavior of the child. If he feels fine during wakefulness, plays with pleasure and has a good appetite, there is no reason to worry. Regardless of the sleep regimen, the baby should develop normally, gain weight and height.
Seek help from a pediatrician if the baby:
- constantly sleepy, lethargic,
- irritable and moody
- shows apathy, does not want to play,
- refuses food, does not gain weight.
The pediatrician will determine the cause of the drowsiness or hyperactivity of the baby. Very often, inhibition in development indicates health problems.
Bad dream: how to fix the situation?
Sometimes mothers complain about the baby’s short, disturbing sleep. The baby can often cry, stay awake for a long time, wake up at night, but at the same time refuse food. There may be several reasons for this behavior.
- The child feels uncomfortable. It can be hunger, colic, uncomfortable clothes.
- The kid is under stress. He may be afraid of something, afraid to be alone.
- The newborn is hyperactive.This indicates a violation of the nervous system.
To enter the usual mode and increase the rest time, you should adhere to the following recommendations:
- Putting your baby to sleep at the same time.
- At night, swaddle at least his hands so that the baby does not scare himself with chaotic movements.
- Do not play long in the evening. The more emotions a newborn gets, the worse it will fall asleep.
- Choose soft pajamas and bedding that will not irritate the baby.
- Provide a calm, quiet environment in the house so as not to frighten the child once again.
Although it is considered normal for 2-month-old babies to sleep before 6 p.m., never force babies to fit into generally accepted frames. Watch his behavior, well-being. This is much more important than strict adherence to the regime.
How much should a two-month-old baby sleep in the afternoon?
Kids at this age practically do not sleep longer than three hours in a row, and this also applies to daytime. During daytime activity, the child will play with his mother, look at the world. However, the mother should be careful and monitor for signs of fatigue. If the child does not sleep too long - usually the playing time should not last longer than 2 hours - then it will be difficult and long to lay down, cry and startle. Normally, two-month-old babies fall asleep in 10-15 minutes. A child who has been out of control may not fall asleep even after 50, and if you doze off, then restlessly, the arms, legs and eyelids will twitch.
Many babies need to be helped fall asleep when the right time is right. To do this, you can use darkened curtains, shake on your hands, offer a chest. Some children fall asleep more calmly during the day if they are easy to swaddle or cozy to wrap in a blanket. Usually during the day the child should sleep two long dreams - from one and a half to two hours - and two short ones - about half an hour. Moreover, a short sleep can pass under the breast. This is considered the norm for such crumbs, the child quickly outgrows this age and will soon be able to sleep without a chest.
How does a 2-month-old baby sleep while breastfeeding?
Child health experts are confident that a baby who is breastfed will sleep better and longer if he does not sleep alone. The baby’s sleep at this age is very sensitive, if you put him to bed and leave him alone, most likely in 30-40 minutes he will wake up and call his mother. Usually, two-month-old babies fall asleep well if they are given breasts. A child at this age perfectly combines these two activities. This does not need to be disturbed or rebuilt - such a process is physiologically justified.
As for the nightly sleep of infants - the baby often wakes up to feed. This time can vary - from three hours to one. In this case, the mother needs to try to be near, give the baby a chest and try to make him fall asleep further. If there is no mother for a long time, the child will wake up completely and will play instead of resting himself and letting his parents rest. Closer to the morning - usually at 4, 6 or 8 hours - the baby will wake up again to feed. It has been observed that many children who are uneasy at night sleep best in the predawn hours.
Sleeping two-month-old baby on artificial feeding
The mode of sleep and wakefulness of the baby and the baby on artificial feeding is not much different from each other. The child also needs to be fed after waking up and before bedtime, but only from a bottle. Some babies fall asleep before milking the mixture, especially if feeding occurs at night. Many doctors advise waking up and feeding the baby - he just got tired of sucking and dozing off, but a hungry child will wake up soon and will have to prepare him a new portion. On the other hand, a lot depends on the behavior of the baby during feeding and the rate that he managed to eat before bedtime.
Some parents try to accustom a two-month-old baby to a certain sleep regimen.At such an early age, the child is not yet ready for the regimes, in addition, his behavior up to three to four months is very dependent on the consequences of childbirth. You can begin to arrange sleep by four to five months of life.
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Two-month-old baby: daytime sleep
A two-month-old baby does not sleep longer than three hours. After sleeping, the baby begins the time when he plays with his parents, watches the world around him. However, not every child is able to fall asleep without the help of a mother. And if the baby’s waking time is delayed for more than 2 hours, he may tire.
Mom can help her child fall asleep if she obscures the windows with curtains from bright light, shakes her baby in her arms, feeds her breast, wraps him with a blanket. The child then falls asleep for 10-15 minutes. It happens that the child takes a walk without falling asleep for 50 minutes. In his troubled sleep, this will be noticeable - the child will start to tremble, twitch with arms, legs and eyes.
During the day, a child 2 months old must sleep 4 times. Moreover, these dreams are different in length. Two dreams should last at least 1.5-2 hours. And the rest can last no less than half an hour. These short dreams can go along with feeding. And this is completely normal for the baby. Later, when the baby is older, he will be able to fall asleep without breasts.
Two month old baby: night sleep
Some babies can sleep all night from eight weeks old. But most babies do wake up every 3-4 hours to eat or drink. Often infants can still be confused day and night and begin to stay awake at night, like during the day. It is important not to indulge the baby, but to gently show that you need to sleep at night. To do this, it is worth talking at night with a child in a whisper and not playing with him. You also need to turn on the nightlight instead of bright light, do not use loud household appliances.
But in the afternoon, on the contrary, it is necessary to give the baby to play noisily with bright toys, talk loudly with him, turn on music, walk, etc. However, do not overload the child with a lot of impressions and stresses. If the family has a friendly atmosphere, the child is not too overworked during the day, then at night he will sleep more calmly and longer. Therefore, the mother should carefully monitor the behavior of the baby in the daytime. And put him to sleep when he rubs his eyes, etc.
The night sleep of a baby and a baby who is breast-fed is almost no different. However, when breastfeeding it is easier and faster to put the baby to bed again if the mother is near. Only in this case, it is necessary to ensure that the baby is actively sucking. Otherwise, the baby’s sleep will be short-lived and the mother will not get enough sleep.
And if mom has to prepare the mixture at night, then the baby can cry for a long time in anticipation or begin to actively stay awake. Do not force the baby to sleep at night without eating in order to accustom him to the regimen. By 5-6 months, his nightly sleep will be much longer.
The regimen and daily routine of the child at 2 months on breast and artificial feeding
At 2 months, the regimen of the child’s day is necessary for normal growth and development. A 2-month-old baby is no longer as helpless as a newborn. He becomes more active, more mobile. But the time for feeding, walking, playing games should be clearly defined. Accustomed to live on a schedule, the baby begins to fall asleep easier and wake up faster. Yes, and mom gets free hours in order to relax. The schedule is compiled individually: it takes into account the characteristics of the crumbs. And to build it in one or two days is unlikely to succeed. But the baby’s life schedule is necessary. This is important for him and for all family members.
How to establish a sleep and wakefulness regime?
The two-month-old baby already has preferences. They do not always suit mom:
- the baby does not want to fall asleep in the crib, requires motion sickness on the handles,
- requires feeding him every hour,
- confuses day and night.
In this case, the mode is established gradually. In order to teach a baby to live by the hour, it is recommended to study the approximate daily regimen for a baby of 2 months. You should have a clear idea of the norms of sleep and wakefulness, the necessary time for feeding and hygiene procedures.
If the baby wants to go to bed at night at 23 o’clock and get up at 5, and her mother is ready to meet him, the schedule is adjusted. But the time of all procedures should shift accordingly.
Approximate daily routine of the baby in 2 months
The daily routine is not a frozen dogma. When compiling it, the features of the development of the child, the preferences of the home are taken into account. It is important to consider what mode of feeding (breast, artificial or combined) is the baby. Before compiling your own routine, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the approximate list of daily procedures.
Table: 2-month baby crunch schedule
|Time watch)||Description of the procedure|
|6-7||Awakening from a night's sleep, first feeding, morning hygiene, gymnastics|
|7-9||First dream. Mom got personal time|
|9-11||Awakening, second feeding|
|11-13||The second dream in the fresh air (in good weather)|
|16-17||Fourth feeding, educational games with mom|
|17-19||The fourth dream (in good weather in the fresh air).|
|19-21||Fifth feeding, hardening, massage, bathing|
This is a rough listing of a child’s daytime sequence. Before you make your own schedule, it is recommended to remember when the baby sleeps, wants to eat or stay awake. For a specific baby, it is possible to make changes.
At 2 months, the baby sleeps 16-18 hours. The longest is a night's sleep. At night, the baby may wake up due to hunger. Required to give him a meal.
To help your baby sleep on a schedule, tips will help:
- at 2 months the baby is not familiar with discipline, he follows his own needs,
- you can’t make a baby fall asleep by force,
- It is recommended to follow the schedule of walks and feeding: after walking, a well-fed baby will quickly fall asleep.
Sometimes a hungry baby wakes up ahead of time. Do not be upset: this does not violate the regime. Overworked baby is recommended to put early. If the baby is full and is in no hurry to wake up, you should let him sleep for 15-20 minutes longer.
Newborn development in the second month of life
From the moment of the first breath after birth and up to 28 days, the period of the newborn lasts. The baby seems so fragile and tender. But nature took care of the adaptive capabilities of children. They are much stronger and more enduring than their parents think.
The period of the newborn, which is given for adaptation in other extrauterine conditions of life, is replaced by an active jump in physical growth and maturation of the nervous system. In the second month of life, the newborn begins a new stage of development.
2-month baby day regimen
The main changes regarding the daily regimen for two-month-old crumbs are related to the fact that the development of its life systems, in particular, the digestive system, takes place:
- The baby's salivary glands more actively produce saliva, making it more convenient for him to suck milk from his mother’s chest. In addition, he swallows less air, because his mouth is able to fit more tightly to the mammary gland. This saves the baby from frequent regurgitation, bloating and colic in the tummy, and also reduces the feeding time.
- The intensive development of the digestive organs leads to the fact that in a child fermentation is activated, gastric juice is more actively synthesized, and the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestine increases. All this leads to the fact that now food is digested faster, so the breaks between meals are reduced to two hours.
Other changes relate to the sleep of a two-month-old baby - at this age, he has a primary tendency to later or earlier wake up in the morning. It is important for parents not to miss this important point, because it is precisely at this time that physiological causes lead to the formation of the behavior of “larks” and “owls”.
Usually, at night, children can sleep from 7 to 10 hours with one or two breaks for food for 5-10 minutes. In the afternoon, the baby needs about 4 hours of rest, divided into two. Children sometimes confuse day and night, and during the day they can rest much more than the prescribed time. In such cases, it is better to wake them up and gradually retrain to the correct regime of the day.
Now it’s clear why scheduling by the hour is so important - the table below can be taken as the basis for the individual regime of a two-month-old baby.
About feeding artificial
Adapted mixtures require longer digestion times: the baby’s digestive tract is not yet mature enough. The optimal breaks between adjacent feedings are 3-3.5 hours. It is important to monitor the baby’s reaction. If there is a rash, a change in the nature of bowel movements, you should immediately contact a pediatrician. He will help you choose another food.
The mixture should be prepared immediately before giving it to the baby. If the baby has not eaten a serving, it should be poured. Ready meals can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
How much should a two-month-old baby sleep?
The second month of the baby’s life prepares new surprises and discoveries for parents. It turns out that the baby is ready to spend much more time in active mode than a month ago. The daily norm of sleep is reduced to 15 (sometimes 16) hours. Experienced mothers know: the sleepy hour is interrupted by multiple feedings. After all, a small stomach holds a small amount of liquid, so you need to feed often in small portions. This is especially noticeable at night, when the baby can "non-stop" stay at the chest, feeding half asleep.
Feeling mom near, the baby sleeps harder and longer
Many parents are concerned about the question: how much should a child sleep at night and day, what should be the daily routine of a two-month-old child? A newborn still does not know how to plunge into a deep sleep. He has mainly a superficial character. Therefore, kids wake up so easily. The duration of sleep of breast-fed children often depends on the presence of a mother nearby. Feeling her smell, they sleep harder and longer. At 2 months, children sleep twice a day for 1.5 hours, and 2–4 times can doze for 30–40 minutes.
Approximate (!) Daily routine of a baby while breastfeeding
- 6:00 The first feeding, morning hygiene procedures (changing the diaper, washing, cleaning the nasal passages, cutting nails. We read about the hygiene of newborn children),
- 7:30-9:30 Morning dream
- 9:30-11:00 Awakening, laying out the baby on the tummy (how to lay the baby on the tummy). The second feeding (the just-fed baby is always kept "column" to prevent regurgitation). Going for a walk
- 11:00-13:00 Daytime sleep. Better while walking
- 13:00-14:30 Third feeding
- 14:30-16:30 Sleep,
- 16:30-17:30 Fourth feeding. Developing activities: manipulation with a rattle, fixing the look on the toy, accompanied by songs, rhymes, nursery rhymes,
- 17:30-19:30 Sleep,
- 19:30-21:00 Fifth feeding. Hygienic procedures: bathing the child (if the temperature in the room is not lower than 22 degrees, you can not rush to putting on the just bought baby, giving him the opportunity to stay naked for five minutes),
- 21:00-23:30 Sleep,
- 23:30-00:00 Sixth feeding
- 00:00-6:00 Night sleep. It is this time interval that is considered ideal for a two-month baby's nightly rest, but as a rule, the baby wakes up at night, sometimes even more than once - you should not refuse to feed him.
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This routine is amenable to correction, taking into account the individuality of the baby. Weakened babies often need more sleep. You can meet a child who is hungry before the set time (15-20 minutes do not solve anything). Sleep time is also adjusted in exactly the same way: a naughty and overworked baby can be laid up early, and a person who is sound asleep can be given a little more sleep.
However, all this concerns only insignificant deviations from the routine presented by us. Some young mothers who do not know how to correctly interpret the behavior of their baby begin to adapt to each of his dissatisfied squeaks. As a result, the schedule of feedings, sleep and wakefulness is lost, giving way to unsystematicity and chaos.
Even if there are any deviations in the behavior of the child (for example, he can confuse the time of day, staying awake at night and falling asleep during the day), they can and should be streamlined. If you do not do it on time, excessive maternal compassion will lead to the fact that the wrong behavior of the child will become the norm, making the organization of the family lifestyle uncomfortable for other family members.
Tip number 1
A baby who has recently been born sleeps about the same amount of time day and night, and for him there is no difference between daylight and dark. Teach him to distinguish between them. To do this, when the child wakes up in the morning, immediately open the curtains, and in the afternoon carry out more activating activities (play, talk, do gymnastics with him, choose developmental classes according to age). Putting the baby to sleep at night is in a slightly darkened room, and when walking it is advisable not to diligently protect the stroller from the sun.
Two-month baby nutrition
The feeding schedule is one of the important points of the daily routine, because both the physical and intellectual development of the baby depends on it. Starting from two months of age and up to six months, special attention needs to be paid to this issue, and nutrition should be timely and of high quality.
Of course, it is better if you can breastfeed your baby, but with the right approach to the use of milk mixtures, you can also raise a healthy baby.
In both cases, there are subtleties, but, as a rule, the first meal of the baby occurs in the early morning - from 6 to 8 hours, and before bedtime - from 22 to 24 hours. But, as already mentioned, it will be necessary to draw up a regimen in accordance with the biological rhythm of the baby and the daily routine of households.
The breastfeeding regimen has its own characteristics. Despite the fact that pediatricians are increasingly recommending feeding children on demand, it is sometimes necessary to adjust the duration and frequency of such feedings.
- if the baby asks for a breast every time he is in emotional stress,
- if the interval between meals is less than two hours,
- with abundant regurgitation after eating, especially with the presence of undigested milk.
It is also important for the mother’s own health. When she feels unwell, she is physically tired, there are cracks in the nipples or their soreness, it is more reasonable to take longer breaks between meals.
You should pay attention to how the baby sucks milk - with restless behavior and rapid falling away from the chest, there is reason to think about digestive disorders, such as inflammation of the colon or lactose deficiency.
In a situation where the baby is on artificial feeding, free eating is unacceptable. For the full production of enzymes and the good assimilation of nutrients, a strict regimen is required, providing for specific hours and portions. Such a schedule will reduce the risk of unpleasant symptoms in the form of painful stomach cramps and regurgitation. The child will just have to be accustomed to the new schedule for his own good.
A 2-month baby’s day regimen also involves drinking water with boiled water - for those who at the same time eat their mother’s milk and are fed with mixtures, they give the liquid in a spoon, and for children completely on artificial nutrition - in a bottle. The usual portion for healthy children is 130-150 ml, two-month-old babies drink about 900 ml per day.
As for night feedings, they should be done on demand. Some children need one or two times a night, but there are children who are characterized by increased appetite and need to eat up to 4 times a night.
Walking on the street
So far, most of the time spent on the street, the baby sleeps. But in good weather, the number of walks can be increased. While walking with the child during his wakefulness, it is recommended to talk with him, follow his gaze, name objects on which the baby focuses his eyes. It is very important to wear crumbs for a walk. He should be comfortable: neither hot nor cold.
Manufacturers produce thermal underwear for the smallest. It passes air to the delicate skin and absorbs moisture. It is hygienic. Having bought such clothes, mom creates the necessary conditions for walks for the baby. In the absence of thermal underwear, you can use the old rule: heat is provided by multi-layer. Having provided several layers of clothing made from natural fabrics, mom will properly dress the baby.
How to teach two-month-old children to sleep all night: a healthy night's sleep
There is a category of babies who sleep much less time than is customary. Sometimes this is due to certain physical problems. But it also happens that the baby is healthy and sleeps less than the average newborn. In this case, they talk about individual characteristics, which is a variant of the norm.
Sleep for the development of the child plays a special role. Some pediatricians believe that a healthy baby should sleep until his hunger or irritating factors (noise, wet diapers, etc.) work out. To adjust the regime of a two-month-old child and teach him to sleep at night, parents should take care of creating comfortable conditions in the children's room: air temperature 20ºС, normal humidity, lack of dust accumulators (the canopy over the bed, which young mothers like so much, is superfluous for the child, as is the abundance of soft toys).
A healthy child who develops normally knows how much he needs to sleep. It’s wrong to wake up a baby just because, according to the parents, it’s time for him to do something else - for example. For normal development and normal health, sleep is no less important than food.
About the daily routine of the artificial baby
The daily routine of a 2-month-old baby fed with artificial mixtures will be slightly different than for crumbs receiving breast milk. This is explained by the longer (in comparison with breast milk) absorption of an artificial product. In this regard, breaks between feedings should be at least four hours, so the artificial feeding schedule will be as follows: 6:00 | 10:00 | 14:00 | 18:00 | 22:00 | 2:00
As for the periods of wakefulness and sleep - they remain the same as for infants who are fed mom's milk. Depending on the individual characteristics of the body of each child, some minor adjustments can be made to this mode.
When breastfeeding, additional meals may be included in the schedule at the request of the baby. For example, if a baby wakes up and gets hungry during a walk, in the summer you can feed him in a secluded place, covered with a scarf-sling. Also, during the day, babies will often have to change their diapers; stools in breast-fed babies are more common than in artificial ones.
Tip number 2
Newborns should be fed at least 7 times a day.And given that it is now customary to give children a breast or a bottle according to the first squeak, the frequency of feeding during the day may be greater. At the same time, babies have a habit of falling asleep after eating or even during the feeding process.
Try to gently resist so that the food goes into sleep every time. Feed your baby in a well-lit place, better not far from the window. After he eats, do not rock him in his arms, but hold him in a “column”, talk to him, play. Although it is important not to overdo it: if the child shows signs of drowsiness, you should not intentionally deprive him of sleep.
Tip number 3
When the baby is 1-2 months old, he should already have established the first signs of a constant regimen: normally he should sleep 3 times during the day and 1 time at night, sometimes with one or more awakenings. Observe him and determine at what time he predominantly falls asleep and wakes up. Keep notes - this will help to more accurately assess the "sleepy" habits of the child.
Tip number 4
Based on the information received over 7-10 days of observation, make a plan at what time you will put the child to bed each time. Do not forget to compare the schedule with the age needs of the baby in rest. As the child grows, these needs change, so periodically change the schedule accordingly.
Tip number 5
Try to adhere to the plan, each time laying the baby at the same constant time. Moreover, if he sleeps longer than it should be according to the established schedule, you do not need to wake him. At the age of several months, he has an active formation of biorhythms, which is not worth breaking.
Tip number 6
Adjust your daily routine to sleep. Try to plan an afternoon nap after walking or eating when your baby is drowsy. Many young children fall asleep as soon as they are taken to fresh air, if your child also has this feature, plan outings with a stroller for the time allotted for sleep.
Tip number 9
Parents have particular difficulties when placing their children at night. To simplify this task, give your child a ritual of preparation for bedtime. A ritual is a series of actions that are performed in the same order every night before bed and end with falling asleep. For example, dinner, relaxing games, massage, swimming, sleeping. Children willingly get used to this routine, and it becomes easier to lay them.
Features of sleep in two-month-old children
If the baby is disturbed in sleep during two months, it can become lethargic, capricious, as well as insufficient rest on the nervous system and digestion. On average, an infant needs at least 16 hours of sleep to be healthy and alert. But this, of course, depends on the general daily routine.
When parents notice that the baby falls asleep badly and behaves uneasily in the crib, the reasons may be the following:
- the child has increased excitability, because of which he cannot fall asleep with extraneous sounds and lighting, even muffled,
- the mattress does not fit the size of the crib, and therefore it’s uncomfortable to sleep on it,
- the baby has overeaten, or, conversely, is hungry,
- his stomach hurts
- during the day, the child was not active enough
- the room is too hot, humid or dry,
- wet diapers bring discomfort.
If poor sleep in children is not an episodic but a constant occurrence, it is possible that trauma during childbirth became a prerequisite for this. It is worth consulting a doctor.
Pediatricians say a lot about the fact that you can not accustom the baby to the hands, especially when it comes to falling asleep. If the child already has such a habit, it needs to be urgently disposed of. It is noticed that children fall asleep best when they are put to bed at the same time.
To improve the quality of sleep, it is worth making sure that the baby has an elastic and fairly firm mattress and a small thin pillow. So the baby will be placed before bedtime in the most natural position for his body.But it is also important to consider other requirements:
- the baby must be fed three hours before bedtime,
- go to bed in clean, dry diapers,
- when sunlight hits it, it’s worth shading the room,
- the baby’s bed is pre-corrected, the folds that can cause discomfort are eliminated,
- it’s good if the baby sleeps in a soft, cotton jumpsuit, the closed slip will keep warm for a long time and will not irritate delicate skin,
- the air in the nursery should be moderately cool, moist and fresh.
Since young children often wake up with painful cramps in their tummy, it is important to warm them with a heating pad, massage or give special remedies - Espumisan, Baby-Kalm or Plantex.
In the afternoon, it is advisable to divide the rest into three times for 1.5-2 hours, but due to the individual characteristics of some children, this may be two times for 3 hours. The main thing is that at the same time the baby feels cheerful.
Due to the fact that often the sleep of children at this age is superficial, in fact, there are difficulties with falling asleep and night vigils, but with the established regime the problem can be solved.
When the baby sleeps normally, it provides him with sufficient energy to stay awake, maintains a good appetite and promotes the formation of a strong immune system.
At two months of age, the baby can play an hour and a half in a row, and this is real progress. As the infant realizes the ability to control his body, he can make many movements. Improving the functions of the visual and auditory apparatus also contribute to this, and the development of muscles allows him to turn his head in the direction of interesting objects.
In this regard, it is recommended to play with children, in the process of training their senses. At the moment, the most attractive toy for them is a rattle. They should be several different colors and shapes. You can put a bright object into the arms of the baby, hang it over the crib so that the baby reaches for them. All these exercises will help the baby distinguish colors, develop sound perception and fine motor skills - after all, children at this age are able to hold light things for 20-30 seconds. In general, such classes last up to 20 minutes, which is not enough in itself, and most importantly, useful for children.
Children's exercises for babies, including massage, are held in the morning. These activities prevent constipation, colic, flatulence in infants.
Exercises are in:
- breeding and crossing pens,
- bending the legs in the knees and pressing them to the tummy,
- alternately stretching arms
- imitation of cycling legs.
Massage is a gentle stroking of the arms, legs, abdomen, buttocks and back of the baby with soft, light circular movements. When it is carried out three times during the day, the child's digestion improves, gases escape more easily, and the mood rises.
Daytime walks in 2 months are usually about 2-3 hours, morning ones include time from 9 to 11 hours, evening from 16 to 18 hours. In winter, you should not go outside if the thermometer shows below 10 degrees of frost. It is important to periodically remove the baby from the stroller, but this is certainly allowed only in parks with an abundance of trees, where the air is really fresh, and not polluted by car exhausts.
Hygienic and tempering procedures are no less important, but especially bathing, which is the favorite pastime of most babies. It is necessary to bathe children regularly, excluding high fever and other symptoms of the disease in the baby. Water should be warm, not lower than +28 degrees. First, they immerse the legs, the ass, the back, and only then the face and head. Doctors do not recommend adding any antiseptics to the water, but if you fall asleep badly, you can pour soothing herbal decoctions into the water. If the bath is large, the baby can quickly learn how to stay on the water and even dive, of course, under the control of adults.
A correctly formulated regimen for a child’s day of 2 months facilitates caring for the baby, helps it to fully grow and develop, and if the family has established such a schedule at the age of one month, it will be much easier to switch to a new schedule. On the other hand, it is never too late to do this, especially since it is useful for the baby and convenient for parents.
How to put to bed at 2 months
There is no single algorithm of actions: all children are different, so parents watch their baby and look for an individual approach to it. One falls asleep on his own in the crib. For another, it’s important to feel the warmth of your mother’s or father’s body. The third requires motion sickness. Natural biorhythms and the nature of family life are taken into account.
There are three main problems that parents face:
- sleeps only in arms
- sleeps poorly at home, but well on the street,
- Does not fall asleep without motion sickness.
What to do in the first case? Should I be "accustomed to hands"? Moms will say yes: you can’t spoil your attention with attention. If the baby does not want to sleep without a mother, slings (for daytime sleep) and joint sleep at night come to the rescue. Although the same Komarovsky believes that this is just a habit and the realization of a natural instinct. From this you can wean in a few weeks.
Sling will help not to part with mom during daytime sleep
Do I need to rock the baby? Pediatricians say no. Falling asleep in response to motion sickness is nothing more than a reaction of a weak vestibular apparatus. It is not good for the child and exhausts his relatives. Weaning from motion sickness can be very difficult.
Why can a two-month-old baby not sleep?
If the evening laying is delayed and it is difficult for the child to fall asleep during the day, you should find out the causes of sleep disorders and, if possible, eliminate them:
At this age, the baby begins to be distracted by the objects surrounding it, so it is worthwhile to darken the room. The darkness will help calm the baby and set him to sleep, especially if it is difficult to fall asleep in the evening. From 2.5 months, sleep hormone melatonin begins to be produced. Therefore, remember that bright light destroys it, and darkness, on the contrary, contributes to the formation of melatonin in the body of the child.
At 2 months, babies actively develop sensory organs. Now the child reacts to any rustle. And those sounds that he had not noticed before, can now wake him up during sleep. The use of a white noise generator will help here to protect the baby from extraneous noise. It is not recommended to buy special toys with white noise that are put in the crib, as this is unsafe.
Even the extra 5-10 minutes can affect the well-being of the child this month and lead to more fatigue. If this happens, use different methods to calm the baby and put him to bed.
Now is the time to introduce a ritual that will help tune the baby to sleep. Daily repeating actions facilitate the process of falling asleep and improve night sleep. Start with a bath, give a light massage to the baby, swaddle, feed in dim light, walk with the baby in her arms in an upright position to facilitate burping.
At the end, read the tale or sing a lullaby. Separation of feeding and falling asleep will help the baby in the future learn to fall asleep independently, not relying only on the chest. Gradually, food will become part of the ritual, and not the only way for the child to fall asleep.
Put the baby sleepy, but not sleeping, in the crib, stroking the head and tummy if necessary.
How to prevent day and night confusion
Since the internal clock of the baby at 2 months is not yet formed, it is important to adhere to certain rules during this period.
During wakefulness, walk with the baby on the street, turn on the light and open the curtains. Let your usual everyday sounds surround you while you play.
At night, do not use bright light; if possible, feed and change the diaper in minimum light.If the baby wakes up at night, be quiet and do not play with him.
In the table you will find the norms of sleep and wakefulness of the child at 2 months
About the importance of sleep
The quality of sleep determines the characteristics of the physical and emotional state of the baby. If he slept well, that means he will have enough strength for an active perception of the world, games and communication with loved ones, as well as an excellent appetite. Not a sleepy child will be apathetic and moody.
A two-month-old baby should sleep at least 16 hours a day, and the baby who falls asleep does not need any motion sickness and stroking. If he is healthy, well-fed and put to bed in time - there should be no problems falling asleep, because he needs physiological sleep.
If sleep disturbances in a 2-month-old baby do exist, it is necessary to understand what is the cause of this unnatural phenomenon. A baby may sleep poorly due to:
- lack of activity during wakefulness,
- increased excitability of the nervous system, sensitively reacting even to mild stimuli (for example, light in the next room, falling into the field of vision of the child),
- consequences of birth trauma (this kind of anxiety is noted up to about three months of age),
- feelings of discomfort (uncomfortable bedding, wet diapers, feelings of hunger or overeating),
- too bright light
- noisy environment
- high humidity or dry air,
- violations of the temperature regime in the children's room (the optimum temperature is from 20 to 24 degrees),
- abdominal pain.
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Infants accustomed to motion sickness on their hands may have great difficulty falling asleep. Having found out the cause of sleep disturbance, it is necessary to take measures to eliminate it (let the baby move during wakefulness, create a calm atmosphere before going to bed: mute the sound of the TV, do not allow other family members to talk loudly in the room where the baby is sleeping). The main factor contributing to the normalization of sleep is laying the baby at the same time. Accustomed to the regime, he will begin to fall asleep on his own.
Feeding and daily routine 2 months
The daily routine of a 2-month-old baby on HB and on artificial feeding is almost the same. Only the feeding schedule differs. Since the mixture is digested more slowly, meals will be less frequent. Your diet should be discussed with your doctor. As in the case if the baby was born prematurely or does not gain weight.
In two months, the number of applications with natural feeding during the day is about 6-9, at night - from 2 to 4 times. For a two-month-old baby, about 800-900 ml is enough. milk or 700-750 ml. mixture per day. Other fluids for breastfeeding should not be included in the menu. On artificial feeding - as agreed with the pediatrician. On-demand feeding of the baby usually occurs at 2 months within 15-20 minutes.
The baby of the second month of life has a need for contact with the outside world. He begins to be distracted by environmental stimuli during breastfeeding and eats less milk or milk during the day than he needs. Have you noticed this for your child?
Therefore, offer breasts for sleep and after waking up. And while feeding, retire with the baby in a quiet place, darken the room so that nothing distracts the baby, and offer him breasts in a calm environment.
Activities and educational games
At 2 months old, for normal development active developmental games are required. During wakefulness:
- The baby is interested in light sources. To maintain healthy vision, it is recommended to install diffused light in the child's room.
- Baby loves to lie on his tummy. He raises the head and holds it.
- The baby focuses her eyes on the bright rattle, watches her move.
- When placing a colored toy in front, the little one tries to reach it.
- He enthusiastically listens to songs, nursery rhymes, jokes.
All classes are recommended to be accompanied by affectionate conversations with the baby.
Infant development at 2 months
At this age, babies get a reflex that makes them look at their outstretched arms when they wave them. The child gets used to his body and studies it. Surely, your baby likes to put his fingers in his mouth and touch the legs with his hands! And now you will notice the first smile - smile and you will answer in order to establish contact with the child.
A baby at 2 months old turns her head to sounds, follows her eyes with objects, holds her head and begins to push off with her hands while on her stomach.
2 months is a period of active development of strength, balance and coordination of the child, which is important for the formation of motor skills of the baby.
During waking hours it is useful to walk in the fresh air with the baby, chat and play with the baby. ⠀
Continue to use the developmental mat, on which you can already hang the toys. Place them on the sides so that the baby turns his head, watches them and reaches for them. Or read picture books so that the kid also actively follows the story with his eyes. Put your baby on your stomach. During the walk, offer your child rattles.
Share in the comments, what is your daily routine at 2 months? Are you having difficulty with something?
For sleep, the child should have a comfortable bed with a firm elastic mattress (how to choose a mattress) and a flat pillow. In order for the baby to fully sleep, it is necessary to create optimal conditions:
- ventilate the nursery well
- remodel the bed, making sure that the sheet does not form folds that can cause discomfort,
- if the room is on the sunny side, you need to shade the window,
- before going to bed, change the diaper or diaper,
- feed the baby.
Since the two-month-old baby still needs close contact with his mother, he feels her absence even in a dream. The sleep of the baby laid in the crib is characterized by short duration and intermittence. Many mothers note this when they briefly leave the room where their baby is sleeping.
A completely different situation is observed if the mother is nearby: the baby sleeps soundly and for a long time. That is why pediatricians advise nursing mothers in the daytime not to tear off the baby from the breast during feeding, and lie down for forty minutes next to him. The benefit is bilateral: the mother gets the opportunity to relax and take a break from household chores, and the baby - gain strength for the next wakefulness.
To make a night's sleep longer and more complete, a bathing procedure that precedes feeding the baby can.
Many mothers are interested in the advisability of swaddling a two-month-old baby before bedtime. In previous years, this manipulation was considered mandatory. Modern pediatricians are of the opinion that it is not necessary. The exception is cases when the baby sleeps restlessly, waving handles. Sometimes a slight swaddling helps to solve this problem.
Gymnastics and massage
For the development of muscle crumbs, it is recommended to regularly do gymnastics and massage. Any periods of activity are suitable for gymnastics (when changing diapers). When conducting exercises, it is useful to talk with the baby or to sing songs. Massage is best done before an evening swim. All procedures should be pleasant to the baby. If he cries, classes should be discontinued.
Baby bathing and hygiene
For a 2-month-old baby, hygiene is important. In the morning, the baby needs to clean the ears, wipe the folds, wash the face, wash the handles. When changing diapers, it is imperative to wash the baby and moisturize the skin with lotion. It is necessary to bathe the child in the evening before going to bed. If the temperature in the room is 21-22 degrees Celsius, it is recommended to let the crumbs lie down naked for 3-5 minutes before immersing in the bath. This is hardening.
Bathing water is recommended to be heated to 37-39 degrees Celsius. The procedure should take 10-15 minutes. After bathing, the baby should be gently dried with a soft towel. Then inspect the skin. In 2-month-old babies, the skin sometimes dries up. If necessary, it is recommended to moisten it with oil or lotion marked 0+.
The nuances of breastfeeding
The most physiological is considered the free regime of breastfeeding, when the baby gets access to breast milk "on demand." Demanding crying or anxiety shown by the baby are indicators that he is hungry.
Despite the seeming spontaneity of such an approach, it turned out that crumbs need to have a meal every three hours during the day and four at night, so this completely coincides with the daily routine recommended by modern pediatricians.
It is this mode of feeding that most experienced mothers practice, arguing that he not only satisfies the psychological and physiological needs of the baby, but also minimizes the risk of milk stagnation (lactostasis). Babies receiving breasts on first demand practically do not cry, because they feel not only satiety, but also a state of serenity and comfort, close to that which they experienced during the period of intrauterine development.
The daily norm of breast milk for a two-month-old baby is approximately 900 ml (a single dose - 130 ml). How to track - does the baby get the norm? A guideline can be the duration of his stay at the chest. The average duration of one feeding is twenty minutes (the most active and strong babies are able to get enough in a quarter of an hour). We read in detail about how much breast milk or mixture a child should eat - http://razvitie-krohi.ru/kormlenie-grudyu/skolko-dolzhen-sedat-novorozhdennyiy.html
There are children who turn away from the chest in five minutes. This moment is clearly not enough to saturate the child. Usually weakened babies do this, who feed exclusively on “light” milk, which enters their mouth without the slightest labor on their part. With the termination of such a "feed" they stop sucking. To make the little sloth eat properly, experts recommend that mothers express the first portion of milk. Then the baby will suck out exactly as much as he should.
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However, with this type of feeding, the baby may lack fluid because the “front” milk contains more fluid and the “back” milk contains more fat. To exclude the possibility of such an imbalance, mother should consult a pediatrician - he will help her choose the necessary feeding tactics.
It is also undesirable to hold the baby by the chest for too long. For some babies, the feeding process takes about an hour. Having eaten for the first twenty minutes, they simply hold the nipple in their mouth, sucking it occasionally. Moms of these babies should know that this can affect the condition of the nipples.
Due to the constant mechanical effect, cracks can form on them, which can cause extremely painful sensations during each feeding. To prevent this, carefully remove the nipple from the mouth of the already saturated crumbs.
Another indicator of the adequacy of breastfeeding is the number of wet diapers and diapers soiled by the baby. A two-month-old crumb, receiving a sufficient amount of mother's milk, urinates from 12 to 15 times a day. The mode of the chair may be different. Some babies poop after each feeding, while others have stools from two to four times a day: this is also considered the norm (artificers do this less often - no more than one or two times a day).
Features of the regimen of the day with artificial feeding
With artificial feeding of the child, the intervals between feedings increase to 3.5 hours.This is due to slower digestion of food. The mixture must be prepared before feeding the baby. Therefore, mom should take into account the time it takes for this to happen. Sometimes unplanned 10-15 minutes will cause resentful crying of a hungry baby. Cooking should not be done in advance: food loses its beneficial properties and deteriorates.
The baby takes in air when sucking. Therefore, you should definitely monitor the regurgitation. If it does not exceed 2 tablespoons in quantity, not every feeding occurs, and the baby is gaining excellent weight, then there is nothing to worry about.
What to do in case of deviation from the routine?
Experienced mothers know: literally they will not succeed in fulfilling the set schedule. The baby has her own preferences, which may vary. If the procedures are shifted in one direction or another for 15-20 minutes, there is nothing to worry about. This is quite natural.
But if the baby drove up and completely missed one feeding, it's time to beware. The baby will not be able to eat a double portion of food at a time and will not get enough calories.
When repeating a similar situation, the baby will cease to gain weight. Therefore, the boisterous peanut should be gently awakened. Whether or not the little one will fulfill the built-in regimen depends on the desire and perseverance of the mother. She should keep track of the schedule and show the child the need to follow the rules.
Features of wakefulness
2 months is the time when the baby begins to pay attention to the world around him. If earlier his awakenings were connected only with the need to eat, now he is able to stay awake for an hour and a half.
With the psycho-emotional and mental development of the baby, its activity also increases. Feeling the ability to control muscles (due to weakening of the tone of the flexor muscles), he begins to perform many targeted movements. Sight and hearing, improving day by day (the baby is able to see objects that are seven meters away from him), allow him to recognize loved ones and gradually orient in space. This is greatly facilitated by the strengthening of the cervical muscles, allowing the baby to turn his head in the direction necessary for him.
Not always compliance is smooth. Sometimes there are surprises:
- The most common problem is a child confuses day and night. The baby sleeps all day, and at night requires developmental activities, walks, and feeding. This situation is unacceptable. It is necessary to persistently transfer the crumbs to the usual mode.
- Sometimes the baby does not want to take breaks between feedings (2-2.5 hours with breastfeeding and 3-3.5 hours with artificial). He wants to eat every hour. This greatly tires both the mother and the child. From mother it is required to persistently observe the established intervals.
- Sometimes evening swimming excites the baby. He becomes too active and does not want to fit. In this case, you should transfer the procedure to an earlier time.
- The baby is naughty when doing gymnastics. In this case, it is recommended to postpone classes to another time. The kid himself will show when he wants to engage.
- The baby does not want to fit in the daytime. This leads to overwork. In order to correct the situation, it is necessary to create conditions for the child to fall asleep quickly: ventilate the room, lower the curtains, remove sources of loud sounds from the room.
- Baby refuses bathing. Perhaps he was frightened by too hot or cold water in the bath. Before diving, first spray the crumbs on the legs or handles with water. Funny jokes will help: "Water from a goose, but thinness from a son!"
When analyzing a problem, it should be understood that it can be solved, given the nature of the crumbs and their preferences.
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If the child does not sleep well at home, but well on the street, parents should review their regimen and plan walks for the duration of the children's vacation. Sleeping in the fresh air is useful and convenient. How much a child should walk in 2 months depends on how he reacts to being outside the house.
In order for the crumb to fall asleep at home without problems, it is necessary to create comfortable conditions:
How much a baby in 2 months should be awake per day
Not all mothers know how much a two-month-old baby should sleep per day. Sometimes the baby reacts uneasily to the parents' attempts to organize the most comfortable conditions, and often wakes up. Or his regime is violated. Few healthy children in two months can sleep soundly for 5-6 hours at night. Indeed, up to six months of age, biorhythms are only forming.
The main reasons why a healthy baby often wakes up:
- long breaks between feedings,
- the presence of irritating factors (noise, cold, etc.).
It should be borne in mind that in 2 months the nature of the sleep of crumbs looks like this: after falling asleep 40 minutes, the phase of superficial sleep lasts. Then the baby wakes up. If there is a mother nearby who can offer him breasts, he immediately falls asleep again and can rest for 4–5 hours (at night). On feeding the baby usually wakes up at 4, 6 and 8 in the morning. If the mother was not around, after an hour of superficial sleep, he is able to wake up and begin to show activity. Laying the baby down again is a difficult task.
With a joint sleep, the child falls asleep faster at night
The main reasons why the “problem” baby is awake: birth injuries, medication, and malfunctioning of the body. These may be pathologies of the nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, or allergies. Deal with the true reasons will help experts.
Approximate daily routine and feeding hours
The daily routine of a two-month crumb depends on his sleep and feeding patterns. Breastfeeding babies continue to eat “on demand”. It is impossible to overfeed with breast milk. Kids on artificial mixtures eat by the clock. As a rule, they themselves wake up at the right time of feeding, so there is no need to specially wake them up, taking away part of the sleep.
The wakefulness period is the time when parents can do tiny gymnastics, massage, and developmental games. At 2 months, the baby can hold attention to the toy, turn its head in the direction of sound, try to keep the rattle.
How to organize walks at this age depends on whether the baby is sleeping on the street or not. If the baby is better resting in the fresh air, it is advisable to shift the time of the walk to his sleep. In the summer, a healthy baby can stay in the fresh air all daylight hours. In winter, you need to walk with him twice a day for 1.5–2 hours. Contraindication is only air temperature below 5–10ºС (the features of climatic zones are taken into account).
Bathing your baby is better before going to bed at night. This helps to relax the nervous system. The child can bathe in the afternoon. Time is chosen before one of the feedings.
The table shows an approximate schedule of 2 months for both breastfeeding and artificial feeding. The regimen for 2 months of life can be adjusted taking into account the individual characteristics of the baby.
Two-month baby regimen
There is no consensus among parents and pediatricians about whether it is necessary for a child to create a strict regimen and “drive” his biorhythms into this framework. Soviet pediatricians adhered to the postulate: regimen to be. Everything happened strictly by the clock. This was partly due to the regime of working women who had to leave maternity leave early, leaving the crumbs in the care of the nannies in the manger. Modern doctors say something else: the baby can tell his parents what is best for him. Until six months, his regime is only being formed. All that parents should do is to observe the baby and make up the regimen of the day of the newborn at 2 months according to his needs.
A 2-month regimen on artificial feeding is a convenient thing for mom, who can plan household chores.But over time, the baby and mother learn to understand each other and compare their needs in a way that is convenient for both. You do not need to reduce the daytime sleep of the crumbs in the hope that he will sleep better at night. You should not specifically wake up the baby for the next feeding. It's easier to lie down next to him and through a dream offer him a chest.
If you are closer to "education in Komarovsky", you can use his advice:
From the moment of birth, the child’s regime must be subject to the family regime. Get ready for a night's sleep in advance and prepare your child for it. Determine the time when the night's sleep begins, and let it be a time convenient for you! From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.? You are welcome! From 23.00 to 7 in the morning? To your health! Have you chosen? Now try to comply. If you want your child to sleep well at night, do not allow too much sleep during the day. Do not be afraid to wake Sonya! Try to slightly underfeed in the penultimate feeding and feed as hearty as possible immediately before a night's sleep. Remember: hunger is far from the only reason for crying, and do not plug the mouth with food at the first squeak. Overfeeding is the main cause of abdominal pain and related sleep disturbances.
Raising a child is one of the most difficult tasks in the life of parents. Do as your family and baby are comfortable. Everyone will be calmer from this. And the calmness of parents is always transmitted to the child.
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The daily routine of crumbs in two months still continues to be based on the sequence of sleep, feeding and short-time wakefulness.
The regimen of the day of the baby in the second month is somewhat shifted compared to the first. Conventionally, the time of night sleep increases, the baby now “sleeps” longer in the morning, and so mothers also have a great opportunity to relax. Infants on HB successfully absorb the breast, and lactation volumes increase. Children on IV also begin to consume more of the mixture compared to the first month. Because of this, the duration of a child’s sleep increases, and for most crumbs, one meal and one episode of sleep go away from the daily routine.
Approximate daily regimen of a child at 2 months
|6:00||feeding, washing, changing the diaper|
|7:30 — 9:30||relaxation|
|9:30 — 10:30||feeding|
|10:30 — 13:00||outdoor sleep|
|13:00 — 14:00||feeding|
|14:30 — 16:30||sleep|
|16:30 — 17:30||feeding|
|17:30 — 19:30||sleep|
|19:30 — 20:30||bathing, feeding|
|20:30 — 6:00||intermittent sleep|
The diet of children in the second month of life varies depending on the method of feeding. It is easier for non-breastfeeding mothers to control the volume of the mixture eaten by the babies and, as a rule, such children have no problems with either gaining weight or malnutrition.
For artificers, the strict observance of a strict diet by the clock is initially required. This is due to the fact that the mixture is very nutritious, and its volume recommended by age is quite enough to saturate the crumbs. Its digestion and assimilation takes a lot of time, therefore, as a rule, babies on IW do not have problems with observing the daily routine. In the second month of life, the intervals between feedings at artificers are 4 hours.
Children in the second month of life should be given a mixture of 5-6 times a day, its volume, depending on the baby’s appetite, ranges from 120 to 140 ml. Exceeding the recommended number of feedings and volume should occur only on the recommendation of a pediatrician.
It is recommended that you add additional water to the artisans from the bottle, since the liquid obtained with the mixture is usually not enough for them.
What to do in case of deviation from the routine?
Since the lactation process should already be established, then with small failures, it will be better to try to adhere to a strict schedule. The constant mode is very useful for the body, so you do not need to feel sorry for the baby.
- If the baby woke up a little ahead of time and started to cry, try to distract him with toys, swear around the apartment in his arms, do gymnastics with him.
- if the child is fast asleep, although the feeding time has already come, wait about 10 minutes, and then gently wake him, wash his eyes so that the rest of the sleep will leave them, and feed him.
Sleep is very important for babies. If the baby gets enough sleep, he has enough strength to learn new motor skills. Quality sleep contributes to the active development, good appetite and mood of the baby.
In the second month of life, the baby should sleep at least 16 hours, waking up to feed and stay awake for about an hour. Since sleep is a physiological necessity, a well-fed and healthy baby should fall asleep on its own, without the participation of a nipple, motion sickness and stroking.
In the second month, the child on the HB should sleep from 2.5 to 3 hours, the artificial person will rest longer from 3 to 3.5 hours.
Sleep disorders in the second month of life in a baby arise due to:
- lack of active wakefulness,
- too dry, wet, hot or cold air at home,
- noisy environment in the apartment,
- bright light
- intestinal colic
- discomfort caused by wet diapers, hunger, gas.
Sometimes sleep anxiety in babies of two months can be explained by birth injuries or excessive irritability when the baby reacts to the slightest noise.
Before worrying that the child is sleeping poorly due to probable pathologies of the development of the nervous system, try to exclude other irritants:
- After eating, keep the crumb upright until the air swallowed during sucking comes out of his stomach.
- The wakeful period should be as active as possible, before eating, do gymnastics with the baby, massage him, and then play with him or swear around the apartment.
- Ventilate the room before going to bed and try to walk with the baby in the fresh air more often.
- Regularly inspect the baby's crib and rearrange it so that the oilcloth and sheet do not form folds that can cause the child discomfort.
- During the day, curtain the window, and in the evening turn on a dim nightlight.
- Ask loved ones to be quiet while the baby is resting.
- During the day you can sleep next to the baby, and the baby will sleep harder, and you yourself will rest.
In the second month of a baby’s life, the duration of time walks should increase.
- Summer walks should last at least 1.5 hours at a time. It is better to go out into the fresh air 2-3 times a day and walk in the shade in a quiet place until 11 and after 16 hours.
- In winter, the number and duration of walks will vary due to weather conditions. It is better not to take risks and not go out with the crumbs if the window is less than -10 degrees. If you need to get somewhere, do not be afraid. Some experts believe that cold air promotes hardening, strengthens the protective functions of the body, and recommend going out with the baby in any weather for at least 10 minutes.
If the baby does not sleep while walking, take it out of the stroller and show the surroundings. But try not to pick him up when he cries, otherwise your walks will turn into a nightmare later, and you will be forced to carry a child and push a stroller. When the child wakes up from a dream and begins to be capricious - try to calm him down, if nothing helps - go home.
In the second month of life, the duration of swimming increases to 15 minutes. Now you can already draw water into a regular bathroom and purchase a special circle around your neck for procedures. This accessory will not only free the mother’s hands, but will also help to tone and strengthen absolutely all the muscles of the baby.
Having acquired a conditional freedom of action, the baby will begin to receive great pleasure from bathing. After such active exercises in the water, the baby will fall asleep faster and sleep better. In addition, water aerobics perfectly increases the appetite of infants.
- Wash your baby with shampoos and foams once a week.
- If the crumbs have any irritation or diaper rash, you can add infusions of soothing herbs and oak bark to the water.
- With excessive excitability or after a busy day, neurologists recommend bathing the baby in water with the addition of coniferous extracts that will calm the baby and make him sleep better.
In the care of a two-month-old baby, removal of seborrheic crusts from the baby's head may be added. Once a week, before bathing with shampoo, you will need to soften the formation on the skin with salicylic ointment or vegetable oil, and then, gently rubbing them with a sponge, remove from the baby’s head.
Gymnastics and massage
In the second month of life, you must continue to strengthen the cervical muscles of the baby, laying it on the tummy before feeding. Such exercises also contribute to the passage of gas in the baby. Stroking the tummy will help reduce pain from colic.
Now you must continue to do gymnastics with the baby, which is designed to reduce muscle tone:
- Lay the baby on its back and alternately raise and lower its handles.
- Then lift the handles at the same time.
- Spread the baby’s arms on the sides, and then cross them on his chest.
- While holding the heels of the baby, do the exercise "bike".
- Bend the crumbs legs in the knees and pull them to the baby’s tummy.
- Putting a palm under the feet of a lying baby, slightly press on the lower limbs, causing the baby to push off from the support.
Continue in the second month of life to do the crumb stroking gentle massage.
Since the baby's hearing and vision organs begin to work better in the second month, you should train them with the help of games.
- Move bright objects at a distance of 30-40 cm from the baby’s eye, causing him to follow their movement,
- hang large toys of simple colors on the arc, looking at which the child will learn to focus on objects,
- playing with your baby, use rattles that make different and pleasant sounds,
- talk with the baby, approaching the crib or stroller from different sides and see if he turns the head in the direction of sound,
- put toys from different materials in the baby’s hand, this will develop his tactile sensations and grasping skills,
- putting the baby on the tummy, you can put a bright toy in the child’s field of vision so that, holding the head, he can focus on it,
- the kid may already like simple finger games, play with the crumb in the "magpie-white-sided".
The duration of such classes should not exceed 15-20 minutes, otherwise the baby will be overexcited, it will be bad to fall asleep and sleep lightly.
In the first month, one on one with the child, the parents got used to new responsibilities, worried, looked at each fold on the skin and every speck on the body, shuddered at every sound from the baby.
The first four weeks of the baby’s life have passed, a lot has become familiar and not so scary, now it’s time to master the 2-month-old baby regimen, which will not change much, but certain trends will appear that are associated with a slight decrease in the amount of sleep time and an increase in the wakefulness time.
As with the baby’s one-month regimen, the baby needs a calm sleep in a comfortable environment, adequate nutrition, attentive attitude, contact with mother, patience and love of both parents.
Children of the same age, as a rule, live in completely different modes. But the main points should be present in the daily routine of any baby. Most often, it is the child who chooses the time, and the mother has to adapt to it. However, all necessary procedures for the baby in 2 months should be performed. It is the responsibility of the parents to take care of this.
Regime moments for a 2-month-old baby include:
- Bathing and hygiene
Approximate schedule from the training manual:
On the Internet at different sites the following schedule is presented:
|23:30-06:00||Sleep (feeding on demand)|
This chart is quite common and you can see it on most sites, but it raises many questions. From the experience of our own children, it can be said that the difference of 3.5 hours between feedings is too big. If feeding occurs on demand, the schedule becomes somewhat different, often swimming quite seriously. The question also arises about night sleep, not one of our children could not do without night feeding, and in this schedule the baby sleeps 6.5 hours without a break.
With the first baby, we tried to adapt to all these graphs and modes that are on the Internetbut in the end they lived according to a schedule that evolved naturally. If the baby wanted to eat, then he was fed, if he wanted to sleep, then he slept. From the baby you can always see that he wants to sleep, eat or play, especially at this age. The following is a sample chart for our two breast-fed infants.
Real life chart:
|6:00-7:00||Awake, which lasts approximately 60 minutes|
|7:00-9:30||A dream that lasts about 2.5 hours|
|10:30||Feeding smoothly going to sleep|
|19:30-21:00||Wakefulness, massage and bathing|
|21:00||Feeding that goes to sleep|
|03:00 — 06:00||Sleep|
The daily regimes that are characteristic of a 2-month-old baby from a training manual and from real life were described above. I immediately want to make a reservation that both routines are exemplary and are given only so that mom will orient in the duration of sleep, the frequency of feeding and wakefulness.
All children are different and may require feeding at different times, go to bed in different ways and get up in different ways.
Pay attention to the evening time closer to 20:00. This period of wakefulness is given for bathing the child and massage, then feeding goes into sleep. Some children are put to sleep by motion sickness, some children fall asleep themselves, but most children fall asleep only in the mother’s chest. In our family, we rocked the first child in our arms, and the second always fell asleep ourselves.
If we carefully look at the schedule, we will see that, compared with the regimen of the child, in the first month of life, the sleep intervals are reduced, and the wakeful time is gradually increasing and lasts from 1 hour to 1.5 hours (including feeding). This trend will continue. The older the child, the less sleep and the more awake.
Games for a 2 month old baby
In two months, you can play with your child simple games that stimulate his development:
For visual development, take a bright rattle. It is better if it is yellow, red or combining these two colors and white. Take her from the baby’s eyes to a distance of more than 30 cm. Shake the rattle, move it from side to side. The child will follow the rattle, focusing his eyes - this is an excellent training of the eye muscles and attention.
To develop auditory perception, you can play such a game with your child. Take the bell with a gentle sound and start ringing. First, about one ear, then - about the other, then right in front of the baby. He will search for a sound source, turning in one direction or another.
In the second month of the baby's life, it is important to stimulate his physical development. Put the baby on his tummy and roll a bright ball in front of his eyes. The child will try to raise his head, which develops neck muscles.
Take an interesting bright toy and put it near the child. He must see the toy. The kid will try to reach her. This stimulates motor activity and muscle development.Then give him a toy in the pen so that he touches it and realizes that his efforts are rewarded.
If before the mother swaddled the baby, now it’s certainly time to dress him in the sliders.
For a baby of two months, it is most important that mom is around. When you do something with the baby, always speak the process itself. For example: "Here we are going to swim, but first we will change the diaper." It’s important for the baby to feel mom’s warmth, to hear mom’s voice - this is the most important thing.
There are numerous studies that suggest that the development of a baby at this age most depends on the amount of attention, warmth and love that he receives from his mother.
It’s quite difficult to keep a tight regime with a child. It will always be floating and the child is not a robot, to always sleep for two hours or exactly three. The baby’s sleep and his mood may depend on the weather, which also makes adjustments to the daily routine.
Listen to your inner feelings, be sensitive to the needs of the baby and you will always make the right decision on how to adjust the daily regimen according to the circumstances, if any have arisen.
Psychomotor development of a child at this age
A child of two months already smiles not only in a dream, but also consciously smiles in response to positive emotions and the friendly tone of those close to him.
The facial expressions of a child become richer. He frowns, bends, frowns, smiles, carefully examines objects, clearly captures the look. The eyes can still squint to the side, since the eye muscles are not yet formed enough.
A child often looks at a light source (chandelier, window). To save your eyes, it’s best to replace the central bright lighting with several sources of diffused light. Periodically change the location of the head end of the crib so that a torticollis does not form when he looks in one favorite direction (most often this is a window).
It is already clearly visible that the child is listening to new sounds. Hearing a sound, for example, someone's voice, it first freezes - evaluates the general situation - and then turns its head towards the sound source. During this period, it is already noticeable that the baby will recognize the sounds. For example, one can observe revitalization syndrome when its motor activity increases in response to a mother’s familiar voice.
A child in two months begins to utter the first simple sounds, pull the vowels aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Do not be alarmed, noticing that he is actively groaning, this is normal for such an age period.
The movements of the two-month-old baby become more active, but still remain chaotic. At this time, a temporary physiological muscle tone gradually passes, the child unclenches his fists, actively captures everything that is next to the handle (mother's hair, diaper).
At this time, the baby gets acquainted with its arms and legs, carefully examines them. Actively pulls fists in his mouth, can suck fingers. All the more confidently holds his head in an upright position. Lying on his stomach, the baby is able to raise and hold his head for some time.
At this time, the reflexes of the newborn baby fade, but the reflexes of support, crawling, and automatic walking still remain.
As mentioned above, you need to bathe a child at this age daily. You can bathe in herbs (chamomile, string) - this is an excellent prevention of diaper rash and skin irritation. But you should not use soap more often than once a week. The water temperature should be 37-38 degrees, and the temperature in the room - 23-24 degrees.
In the first month, it is recommended to bathe the baby in a diaper, as this allows you to prevent the baby from freezing during bathing. If you bathe a child without assistance, then take this advice in two months.
While swimming, you need to hold your head above the water so that water does not get into your ears, and it’s impossible to manage everything quickly with one hand. Yes, and the child should be given time to get used to the water and relax while swimming.A moistened diaper covers the baby’s body and prevents the liquid from evaporating from the surface of the body. The more liquid is evaporated, the more the skin cools.
The skin of the child is very sensitive, vulnerable and dry, so it can peel off during this period. In this regard, after bathing, you can use oil to moisturize the skin. After bathing, you need to wipe dry all the folds, apply a cream or powder, allow time to soak and only then put on a diaper.
Many babies of this age will get wet skin behind their ears. Try to rinse such areas several times a day with clean water, then pat dry with a swab or gauze, and then sprinkle with powder. It is recommended to choose a powder containing zinc oxide, and without fragrances.
You must decide for yourself whether to bathe the baby in the evening or in the morning, as this procedure can affect his mood in different ways. Someone is invigorated by bathing, but someone is already difficult to wear, because the baby falls asleep on the go.
A walk should be organized so that the child is on the street while sleeping, and spent wakeful time in the house. It’s not quite right to go out for a walk once a day for 3-4 hours. It is better to walk 2-3 times a day for one to two hours. In the summer, you need to walk until 11 o’clock in the afternoon and after 16-17 hours, that is, avoid the time of the sun. In winter, walking several times a day is also possible, but when the air temperature is below 10 degrees below zero, then the walk should be postponed. A walk in the winter should not last more than an hour.
How to dress your baby for a walk? There are several rules for parents: in the summer - one dress, in the spring and autumn - two clothes, in the winter - three, or dress the baby as yourself - plus one more dress. The child is not a cabbage, he does not need 7 clothes, because of which the movements are constrained and the body becomes numb.
Outerwear can be different, different blankets in a stroller, so check to see if the baby is comfortable in such clothes. Swipe your finger under the hat. If the head sweats, then you dressed the baby too warm. A cold nose, ears and cheeks during a walk indicate that he is cold.
Natural feeding and the issue of lack of milk
During this period, you can adhere to the breastfeeding regimen on demand, but the need to switch to a feeding regimen every 2-2.5 hours is just around the corner.
Often, mothers, when fed on demand, cannot clearly understand if the baby has enough milk. So, with the transition to a clockly feeding regimen with a shortage of milk, the mother will clearly see a pattern in reducing the intervals between feedings. Even feeding by the hour will allow mom to plan a little "time for herself."
The issue of shortage of breast milk during this period is very relevant, since it is from the third to the sixth week that many women experience a lactation crisis. This is a temporary (usually 3-4 days) decrease in milk production, when mommy can feel that the milk does not arrive as before, there is no tingling sensation, and the chest is not as dense as before.
And the baby, respectively, during the period of such a crisis does not eat up, is naughty, literally "hanging on her chest." During this period, the mother needs to maximize the amount of water drunk (drink 2.5-3 liters of liquid) and rest, in which close people should help her.
Normally, at 2 months, the child eats 6-9 times a day. Long breaks in the daytime (more than 4 hours) can not be done. If he sleeps so long, then you can wake him up. But night breaks are permissible, and you do not need to wake the child at night to feed.
Now the child should eat 120-150 ml in one feeding. The total amount of food per day should be calculated at the age of two to four months as 1/6 of the baby's body weight (800-1000g).
Why should breastfeeding mothers be given these numbers? If the mother suspects that her milk is not enough, then she can express the milk and see its volume or perform a control weighing (weigh the baby before and after feeding on an accurate medical scale).
What should be the daily regimen for a two-month-old baby?
A child up to a year develops rapidly - each new month brings tangible changes. This is an increase in height, weight, and new skills, and improving the emotional sphere. All this inevitably leads to changes in the daily routine of the baby. Therefore, speaking of a baby at 2 months old, it should be clearly understood that his daily regime will be different from what happened a month ago. First of all, because he sleeps less now, and remains awake longer. At the same time, wakefulness is not simply reduced to feeding: the baby is actively developing.
If you already know for sure that you do not have enough breast milk, and you are feeding a baby with a milk mixture, then this type of feeding is called mixed. The mixture should be given only after application to the chest, and not vice versa. Another possible option when you alternate breastfeeding and mixture.
How much the child will need the mixture for feeding, you determine empirically. That is, prepare the volume of the milk mixture with a margin and be guided by how much the average child eats. And in the future you will determine how much milk he lacks, how much nutrition he needs to add with the mixture.
What is included in the mode?
So, now the baby is able to stay awake per day for about 8 hours (about one and a half hours between dreams). Accordingly, 16 hours are left for sleep. They are divided into about 4 hours and a half daytime rest and 10 hours at night (with 1-2 awakenings for feeding).
Now, in the mode of the baby’s day, massage and gymnastics, developing games will be given more time.
Parents should know that children of the same age are completely different. Someone goes to bed later, someone learns something faster, someone more lazy. And more often than not, in order to choose the time for some regime moment, we focus on the needs of the crumbs. This allows you to establish a common family schedule so that mom and baby are comfortable. But there are certain points that in the regime of a two-month-old child should be required:
- active wakefulness (communication with relatives, massage, gymnastics, educational games),
- hygiene and bathing.
Particularly noteworthy is the time around 20: 00-21: 00. During this period, bathing, massage, air baths, hygiene and styling are usually organized. Therefore, it should be as calm as possible.
Before laying on a night's rest, it is important to ventilate the room (even in winter) and make sure that the temperature here does not exceed 20-25 degrees. It is important that the baby does not interfere in the crib (toys, folds of the sheet), you also need to turn off the light, eliminate unnecessary sounds.
If during the evening bathing the baby is constantly naughty, and after it is difficult to put to sleep, it means that your child’s water procedures are much more invigorating and after which he wants to play actively - try moving the bathing to morning or lunch time after waking up.
During this period, children still often spit up. But regurgitation in the amount of no more than 2-3 tablespoons, not after each feeding and at which the child gains weight well, should not cause anxiety among parents.
Observance of simple feeding rules (correct position at the chest, correct grip of the nipple by the baby’s mouth, upright position and rest after feeding) will help you avoid the troubles associated with excess air in the stomach and intestines of the baby.
During this period, the child can poop up to 8 times a day, and not poop at all in a day. For the previous two months, you already had enough time to determine the frequency and consistency of the stool specific to your child. And if something changes for no apparent reason, it is best to consult a doctor.
At this age, for one feeding, the child needs to drink from 120 to 150 mg of milk or a mixture.The day regimen for a 2-month-old baby receiving breast milk differs from the crumb regimen, which is fed with a mixture - they have different intervals between feedings. The fact is that breast milk is absorbed easier and faster (even if it is very oily) than the adapted mixture.
If the baby is breast-fed, most often he receives breasts on demand (after about 2–2.5 hours or more often if the mother has not enough milk). Therefore, the baby can be applied to the chest up to 9 times. At the same time, it is not necessary to give him extra water: mother's milk is both food and drink at the same time.
So, since the mixture is digested and absorbed more slowly in a small organism, the interval between feedings should be much longer: 3.5–4 hours. Therefore, the baby on artificial feeding can eat no more than 7 times a day. It is important for mothers to remember that artificially children must additionally offer boiled water, since the artificial mixture is not a drink.
The natural needs of a small organism for this age are as follows: the baby can write up to 15 times a day, but the stool depends on the type of feeding. Babies in breast milk can empty the intestines after each feeding, or 2–4 times a day. Artists - no more than 2 times. If something in this schedule changes for no apparent reason, the color or texture of the chair changes, this is an occasion to consult a pediatrician.
If the baby receives artificial nutrition, keep it on your hands, clutching it to your chest, and do not feed it in the crib. So you will provide him with such important sensations of mom’s closeness, calmness and security.
If the baby receives the mixture, sterilize the bottle and nipple now you need the same as for a newborn baby.
At 2 months, babies still quite often regurgitate. To reduce these manifestations, make sure during feeding that the baby is in the right position at the chest, correctly grabs the nipple. And after feeding (it doesn’t matter whether mother’s milk gets crumbs or a mixture), hold it vertically for several minutes so that the air entering the stomach can escape. After that, provide the baby with peace.
How many times to walk?
This is another integral part of the daily routine for this age. For full development, the baby needs to be in the fresh air for about 3-4 hours. In the summer, if the street is not very hot, this time can be increased. However, it is not necessary to “walk” all 4 hours at a time. It is better to break them into 2-3 walks.
In summer, it is better to walk before 11 o’clock in the morning and after 16 o’clock in the evening to avoid sun exposure. In winter, walks are advisable if the temperature does not drop below -10 degrees. A winter walk lasts no more than an hour.
Walking with the baby is necessary in a quiet, peaceful place, away from busy highways or industrial enterprises: in the yard, park, public garden. While walking, mom throws back the top of the stroller so that the baby watches the surrounding world: birds, clouds, trees, passers-by. You can pick up the baby, showing and telling about what meets on the way. This will help the child accumulate a passive vocabulary while in a constant speech environment.
It is not scary if the baby falls asleep during a walk in the air, this is also useful for its development. You can even specifically go for a walk closer to the time of the next dream so that it takes place in nature.
You can play now!
For the development of hearing, vision, motor skills, tactile sensations, simple games can already be carried out with a baby of this age.
- For the development of vision and attention. Shake the bright rattle in front of the crumbs, move it 20–25 cm from his face, slowly move it from side to side. The child will catch her eye and monitor her movement. To this end, you can install crumbs in the crib, at the level of his eyes and in the reach of the pens, a bright musical mobile. The melody of such a toy will help with hearing training.
- A game with a sounding object also contributes to the development of hearing (a small bell is perfect). If you ring first at one, then at another baby’s ear, and then before your eyes, the baby will begin to look for a sound source, turning its head in its direction.
- Tactile sensations can be developed by investing alternately objects with different properties in the child’s hands: smooth and rough, warm and cold, hard and soft. It is also useful for this to roll soft studding balls between the palms of the hands and on the feet of the crumbs.
- The development of muscle and motor activity is facilitated by such a game. Put the child on the tummy, placing a bright toy near him. The baby will try to raise its head to see the object, will try to reach it. Then you can put this toy in his pen as a reward for his work.
Bathing, gymnastics, massage
Bathing two-month-old babies should be daily. However, soap products for this can be used no more than once a week. If there is irritation or a rash on the body, decoctions of the string and chamomile will help. But constantly bathing babies with them is not recommended, as they can dry delicate skin.
The water temperature for such procedures should be around 37 degrees, indoor air - about 24 degrees. During bathing, the child's head should be on the adult's hand so that water does not get into the ears.
After the water procedure, the child needs to be gently wiped, and then you can arrange an air bath, allowing the body of the crumbs to breathe for several minutes without clothes.
Before putting on the diaper, the wrinkles on the legs, arms, neck of the baby, the inguinal region is treated with baby cream or special oil and be sure to give time to soak.
Strengthening the muscles of a little man, the development of motor skills is facilitated by simple gymnastics, which is important to conduct daily. It includes the following exercises (each can be repeated 3-6 times):
- alternately, and then simultaneously raise and lower the handles,
- spread the arms to the sides, then alternately cross on the chest,
- bend the legs in the knees, make a “bicycle”,
- pull the legs to the tummy in turn, and then - together,
- we take the baby under the armpits, slightly raise and lower it, causing it to push off from the support,
- in circular movements we part the legs bent at the knees, to the sides ("frog-like").
Massage at this age is no longer reduced to a simple stroking. Now it’s important to carefully stretch your palms and fingers, each one in turn, starting from the nail and moving to the palm. This reduces tone, stimulates the development of tactile perception and parts of the cerebral cortex responsible for speech.
Next, you can walk from the fingers to the shoulder with circular stroking movements.
The feet are massaged too, starting with the fingers, clicking on each several times. On the feet, you can draw eights with your finger, then gently turn the foot, then massage the lower leg, thigh, and ass with circular strokes. The tummy is massaged clockwise. Chest - from the lower edge of the sternum to the shoulder. The back is stroked from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, then oblique strokes are made from the sides to the spine.
The inner thigh, kneecaps, the area of the mammary glands and the spine cannot be massaged!
Estimated daily mode
How to build all these procedures into a single daily system? You can focus on the needs of the baby, correlating them with the approximate daily routine of children of this age and adjusting in accordance with the specific situation. After all, everyone knows that a child is not a robot - sometimes he sleeps a little longer, sometimes he gets hungry a little earlier. But in general, the regime’s errors, if established and observed, will not fluctuate for more than half an hour.
So, the average mode for a 2-month crumbs by the hour looks something like this:
- waking up, morning feeding, toilet - 6: 00–6: 30,
- morning wakefulness - until 7:30,
- morning sleep - 7: 30–9: 30,
- feeding, wakefulness - 9: 30–11: 00,
- daytime sleep - 11: 00–13: 00,
- second day feeding, wakefulness - 13: 00-14: 30,
- second daytime sleep - 14: 30–16: 30,
- third day feeding, wakefulness - 16: 30–17: 30,
- third daytime sleep - 17: 30–19: 30,
- bathing, feeding, laying down for the night - 19: 30–20: 30,
- night sleep (with 1-2 awakenings for feeding) - 20: 30-6: 00.
Based on these data, each mom can adjust all the important regimen moments to the biological clock of her crumbs. In the future, this schedule will constantly change: the baby will begin to eat less often, sleep less, spend more time playing games and communicating with adults.
But you need to adhere to certain frameworks constantly: they give the child a sense of stability and predictability of subsequent actions, teach them to navigate in them, eliminate sleep problems, help them adapt more easily to changing conditions (going to visit, moving to another place, inpatient treatment). This means that the child will grow more organized and adapted to life in conditions that are still new to him.
Changes in the regime of a two-month-old baby
At two months, the baby takes a tangible step in development, and this does not only concern the fact that he already knows how to hold his head - metamorphoses also occur in the way the child acts.
This implies a whole range of nuances that distinguishes it from a helpless newborn baby:
- First of all, it is recognition of the person closest to him - mother. His genuine, sincere joy at the sight of her is a smile, arms extended to her, a greeting in his still inaudible, childish language, mainly consisting of agukany.
- But this is not limited to his abilities - the little one is trying to grab a rattle, thus showing that he develops motor skills. Despite the fact that at first he does it spontaneously, every day the baby is more aware of his capabilities and continues to try to achieve his goal.
- The third and very important change is that the baby sleeps less, which means that he has more free time for wakefulness and games.
It is clear that in this regard, the old regime of feeding and sleeping becomes irrelevant, and a new daily routine for a two-month-old baby is required. Thanks to this, parents will be able to spend more time with their beloved child, and in the process of communication and games, help him in the development of new skills.
The regimen of the day of the child on artificial or mixed feeding
If for some reason the child receives artificial milk substitutes as the main food, it is necessary to strictly monitor the amount of the mixture eaten and the intervals between feedings. Children who are fully breastfed need to establish a feeding regimen already at this age. This will ensure sufficient production of enzymes necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of milk protein, which is more complex in composition compared to the proteins that make up breast milk. Eating at the same time also significantly reduces the likelihood of colic and regurgitation, so the task of parents at this age is to teach the baby to feed on a schedule.
Important! Children who regularly receive the milk mixture should be fed with boiled water. With a mixed type of feeding, it is better to offer a drink from a spoon, children - “artificers” can be given water from a bottle.
Healthy two-month-old babies are usually fed as follows:
- the number of feedings - 6-7 per day,
- the volume of one serving of the mixture is from 130 to 150 ml (depends on the selected mixture and the individual characteristics of the child),
- the maximum daily amount of the mixture is not more than 900 ml.
What to do if the child does not sleep during the day
Difficulty falling asleep during the day, frequent rises at night - all this can be a variant of the norm, since the sleep of children at this age in most phases is superficial. To help your baby sleep better, you can use the following tips.
- During sleep, the child should be protected from loud and unexpected sounds, as the baby’s hearing at 2 months becomes sharper, and any sources of harsh sounds can wake him.
- Sleepwear should be made of 100% soft cotton. It is best to choose closed slips - they will help to keep warm if the child opens at night. If financial opportunities allow, it is better to choose clothes without inner seams.
- The temperature in the room must comply with sanitary standards. For a two-month-old baby, it ranges from + 16 ° to 18 ° C.
- Three hours before bedtime, you should not feed the baby so that he ate well at the last feeding and did not wake up at night from a feeling of hunger.
- The light should also be dim. Some babies need to turn off the lights completely to sleep well all night. Someone needs to leave a dim nightlight. Parents need to watch the baby and note under what conditions he sleeps more calmly.
The cause of sleep disturbances at 2 months is often painful intestinal cramps. You can fight them with a massage of the abdomen, dry heat and medications (“Baby-Kalm”, “Bobotik”, “Espumisan”, “Plantex”).
Baby Care & Walking
An integral part of the 2-month regimen is hygiene and walking. You can walk with a two-month-old baby for a long time, since at this age children sleep well on the street and can do without feeding for 2-3 hours. It is better to divide walks into 2 times for 1.5-2 hours, but in bad weather conditions you can limit yourself to one two-hour walk. At this time, it is good to be close to home so that you can quickly feed or change your baby, if necessary.
Among hygienic and tempering procedures, the pediatrician especially distinguish bathing. It is best to bathe a child before going to bed, but there are children who, after water procedures, are long in an excited state and cannot fall asleep. It is better to bathe such kids in the daytime. The duration of the procedure should not exceed 10-15 minutes - a longer bath will tire the child, and he may fall asleep earlier than he eats the prescribed norm of milk, which will lead to disruption of night sleep.
The daily regimen for each child is very individual, but it is necessary for the healthy development and growth of the child. You should not start with strict rules and try to accustom the crumbs to a certain routine right away. This can take several weeks or even months, so it is important to be persistent and patient and not to deviate from the assigned goal - this affects not only the health of the baby, but also the peace and comfort of the whole family.
How to organize a baby's regimen in 2 months (for myself, well, and suddenly someone else will come in handy)
Regime moments for a 2-month-old baby include: Sleep, Feeding, Wakefulness, Walking, Bathing and hygiene procedures,
The approximate daily routine of the child is 2 months: 06:00 - feeding, 6: 00-7: 30 - awake, 7: 30-9: 30 - sleep, 9:30 - feeding, 9: 30-11: 00 - waking, 11 : 00-13: 00 - sleep, 13:00 - feeding, 13: 00-14: 30 - wake, 14: 30-16: 30 - sleep, 16:30 - feeding, 16: 30-17: 30 - wake , 17: 30-19: 30 - sleep, 19: 30-20: 00 - wakefulness, 20:00 - feeding, 20: 00-21: 30 - wakefulness, 21: 30-23: 30 - sleep, 23:30 - feeding, 23: 30-06: 00 - sleep.
How to observe the daily routine of a 2 month old baby? The daily regimen specific for a 2-month-old baby was described above. I immediately want to make a reservation that this routine is approximate and is given only to ensure that mom orientates herself in the duration of sleep, the frequency of feeding and wakefulness. Some children may oversleep until 9 a.m., but require feeding at about three in the morning. Someone, on the contrary, gets up earlier and shifts the entire regime forward. However, in general, babies at 2 months of age adhere to a similar regime. If mom looks at the chart carefully, she will see that compared to the first month of life, sleep intervals are reduced to 2 hours, the diet is divided into 6 parts, and wakefulness lasts about 1.5 hours (including feeding). This time is enough to chat with the baby and play. In addition to songs and poems, a child needs special games designed for his age. Read more about this at the end of the article. Pay attention to the time from 20:00 to 21:30. This waking period can be reserved for bathing the child.Then you need to prepare him for sleep. It is assumed that the child is put to bed with motion sickness. However, most children fall asleep only in the mother’s chest. Change this time interval as convenient for mom and baby.
Games for a 2 month old baby At two months old, you can play simple games with your baby that stimulate their development: Visual, Auditory, Physical, Mental. For visual development, take a bright rattle. It is better if it is yellow, red or combining these two colors and white. Take her from the baby’s eyes to a distance of more than 30 cm. Shake the rattle, move it from side to side. The child will follow the rattle, focusing his eyes - this is an excellent training of the eye muscles and attention. To develop auditory perception, you can play such a game with your child. Take the bell with a gentle sound and start ringing. First, about one ear, then - about the other, then right in front of the baby. He will search for a sound source, turning in one direction or another. In the second month of the baby's life, it is important to stimulate his physical development. If before the mother swaddled the baby, now it’s definitely time to dress him in the sliders. And during special games it is simply necessary. Put the child on his tummy and roll a bright ball in front of his eyes. The child will try to raise his head, which develops neck muscles. Take an interesting bright toy and put it near the child. He must see the toy. The kid will try to reach for the toy. This stimulates motor activity and muscle development. Then give him a toy in the pen so that he touches it and realizes that his efforts are rewarded. In order for the child to develop mentally, read books to him, tell tales, sing songs. The main thing is that this be done with the expression. The meaning at the moment is not so much important as the intonation and the very sound of my mother’s voice. More often turn on the child's music: classical, children's songs, sounds of nature. A positive influence is considered to be the influence on the mental development of Mozart's musical works, especially in special children's processing. Observing the regimen is quite difficult: for both mom and baby. But if you make adjustments to the approximate mode, consistent with the behavior of the baby, you can develop your own routine based on it. When the child gets used to it, it will be easier for mother to plan her own day, and the baby will not have problems with falling asleep and digestion.
The regimen of the day and nutrition of the baby at 2 months on breast and artificial feeding: how much should the baby stay awake?
Sleep and food are still important for a newborn, but by the age of 2 months, the child begins to sparkle the first sparks of personality. The baby does not just eat and sleep, he reacts to where and how he lies, is naughty, if something does not suit him. The baby easily falls asleep under his mother’s chest and wakes up instantly, if he is put in the bed, he categorically does not want to sleep if you do not shake him. Obviously, the daily regimen of a baby at 2 months is changing. Parents need to take a closer look at their crumbs and try to establish a regime that will suit both them and the child.
An approximate description of the day of the child
By 2 months, the hourly activity and rest of the baby are already well-established. The baby eats and sleeps at a certain time, but the total duration of sleep is reduced to 16-18 hours, and night sleep becomes calmer and stronger (see also: how many healthy children sleep in 1 month?). At the same age, a serious problem can occur when the child swaps the "day" and "night." Correcting the situation is possible, but difficult. Parents will have to be persistent and patient in order to return the baby to the right time frame.
At 2 months, daily walks become an important part of a baby’s life. The baby should walk 2-3 times a day. The duration of the walks gradually increases, reaching 1.5 hours per one exit to the street.Watch the temperature: in the summer it is comfortable to walk at an air temperature of no higher than +30 degrees, in winter it is better to walk at a temperature of no lower than -10 degrees. The evening routine of the baby is also preserved. Familiar bathing at night can be increased up to 10 minutes. A 2-month-old baby is bathed in water with a temperature not exceeding +37 degrees.
Describing the day of the child at 2 months, we do not distinguish between babies breast-feeding and artificial feeding. For the proper development of the newborn, the routine should consist of sleep, feeding and active activities with the child. Between the key moments of the baby’s life are mandatory hygiene procedures, walks and water procedures.
To facilitate the task, adopt this table, which gives an approximate schedule. We also learn from it how many times a day the baby should eat:
|6.00-6.30||Rise, first feeding.|
|6.30-9.30||Morning dream. Time for mom's toilet and breakfast (or extra sleep).|
|9.30||The baby wakes up, it is time for lunch. However, before this, you can do a little morning exercises. After feeding the baby, it must be washed - eyes, nasal passages, face, folds behind the ears, on the neck, armpits.|
|10.30-11.00||Fees for mom and lunch.|
|11.00-13.00||The kid ate, wandered, now he can be put to sleep. Therefore, we go for a walk with a stroller. Let the baby sleep, but by 13:00 it’s time to return home.|
|13.00 −14.30||Lunch for baby and mom. Then you can play with the baby.|
|14.30-17.00||Afternoon dream (which again can be combined with a walk, inviting grandmother for this, or you can put the baby on the balcony - of course, it all depends on weather conditions). Mom at this time you can take care of the house or yourself.|
|17.00-18.30||The child woke up. After a half-hour conversation with mom - the time for the fourth feeding is 17.30. After that, free time that you can devote to developing games.|
|18.30-21.00||The second (or third) walk or a dream at home (on the balcony).|
|21.00-23.30||Feeding, then wakefulness until 23.30 At this time, the baby can be bathed (not earlier than 40 minutes after eating), prepared for bed.|
|23.30-06.00||The child must again eat for the night. Perhaps he will sleep until 6 in the morning, but most often the baby will need to be fed again at night - about 3.00.|
Deviations in the daily routine
It is great if your child easily accepts the described regimen of the day. It happens that already a 2-month-old baby shows personality, and he lives by his own hours: he wants to walk when he needs to sleep, and sleeps when he needs to walk (we recommend reading: how much should a child sleep at 2 months?). This is not a big deal - he can get up at 7 a.m. or go to bed at about 10 p.m. If this suits you, accept its rules, but in this case, the power clock will shift.
For two-month crumbs, small deviations will not create problems. It is important to observe the basics of the regime: to walk, do gymnastics, conduct water procedures. By the way, many changes are not related to whether the baby is breast-fed or breast-fed - this is a matter of the psychological comfort of the baby.
It is bad if the clock offset is large or uncontrollable. How much the baby is awake, how much it will take from you a night’s sleep. It happens that the baby confuses the time of day, changing day to night. Then you have to stay awake all night (see also: what if the baby sleeps little during the day?). The sequence in the baby’s nutrition is also lost when he doesn’t eat after 3.5-4 hours, but requires a breast every hour - this behavior of the child exhausts him and his parents. Be persistent, establish control over compliance with the regime, and no matter how much the child asks for food, try to maintain the interval between feedings.
To accustom the child to the routine of affairs, you can start with yourself. Get up at 6:00 in the morning, wake up the baby. Carry out hygiene procedures, wash, feed, do gymnastics with him, talk, and put him to bed after 1.5 hours (we recommend reading: classical gymnastics for newborns aged 1 month).Follow the established schedule and after a while your baby learn to live in the correct mode. An example of a schedule for a young mother’s day can be seen in the video.
Pediatrician's advice on sleep patterns
It is a mistake to think that by this age you can’t set a specific time for the child’s sleep. Pediatricians insist that by two months, children's sleep is streamlined. Their recommendations look like this:
- Track the signals that the baby makes. By two months, he still does not have the concept of discipline, he is responding to the needs of his own body.
- Try to carefully observe the hourly distribution of regime points. Walk and feed on time, and then the baby will have a strong and healthy sleep that comes to him on time.
- Do not rock the baby forcibly, you do not need to leave him alone in the nursery, hoping that he will fall asleep on his own. Such your behavior will form a negative perception of sleep in your child.
In the same vein, the television school also gives recommendations, where Dr. Komarovsky talks about this emotionally, but very accessible and understandable. Her issues can be seen both mom and dad.
Bathing and gymnastics
Each item on the daily schedule is a solid pebble embedded in the harmonious development of your little treasure. In addition to nutrition, swimming and gymnastics are very important for him. They bathe the child daily, often before bedtime. The baby accepts water procedures with pleasure, he eats after them with an appetite and calmly falls asleep.
Gymnastics should take time before dinner. Choose how it is more convenient for you to do it - after a night awakening or after a second morning sleep. Do not start exercises immediately after feeding, wait half an hour for the food to digest.
The list of useful exercises for the baby of the second month of life includes: raising the arms to the sides, bending and unbending the legs, soft massage of the chest and back, pleasant stroking. Gymnastics has a beneficial effect on the body of crumbs, improves blood circulation, promotes proper physical development.
What includes the regimen of the day of the child at 2 months
By the second month, they, as a rule, already have time to figure out what and how to do, how to monitor the baby, they already know why he is crying. As before, a 2-month baby’s day regimen must include:
- Proper feeding
- Good sleep
If you were not able to establish a full-fledged regime last month, then now is the time to try to do it again.
Proper nutrition is the key to health
Active development is underway, and therefore the baby needs significant energy costs. Usually, by the second month, children have a good appetite. During the day, the child eats about 900 ml of milk. The classical regimen of a baby’s day at 2 months on artificial feeding implies 6-time feeding, with an approximately 3 hour interval. Since the baby has already grown a little, the night break can be slightly increased. The same rule should be taken into account when referring to the regimen of a baby's day at 2 months on breastfeeding.
Some young mothers are very worried that the baby eats little, does not gain weight well. Do not worry: at two months old the child is already curious about everything that is happening around. Therefore, for his feeding, you should choose such a place and time so that nothing distracts him. The feeding process can be accompanied by a quiet humming of a lullaby to set the baby in a calm mood.
Since the child already eats more, then the production of milk by the mother increases. True, sometimes “failures” may occur, and milk may not be enough. No need to despair right away. In most cases, a change in diet is sufficient to increase lactation.
It should enrich the diet with milk and dairy products, drink tea with milk or special teas that increase lactation.
The child mixed up day and night: what to do?
The question of how to establish a daily routine of a child of 2 months is especially worrying for those parents whose children "mixed up" night and day: at night the child is awake, and falls asleep during the day. This is very problematic for parents, because it becomes difficult for them to observe the usual routine of the day. Therefore, you need to try to change the mode of the baby. Do not let him sleep for more than 4-5 hours in the afternoon, play with him, try to entertain longer. And before going to bed at night, bathe daily, sing lullabies to him, so that the child relaxes as much as possible. Then the dream will be stronger.
If bathing is an evening ritual for you, then massage and light gymnastics can become morning. Stroke the arms, legs, back of the child, then massage the tummy. This is very popular with young children, and increases their activity in the morning.
What should be the day of the child at 2 months: an approximate regimen and advice to parents
Time flies fast - and now, crumb 2 months. He has grown noticeably and is already smiling when he sees his mother. Yes, the baby’s speech is still slurred, but already now you can notice how the personality of the child begins to manifest. During this period, newborns continue to sleep a lot, 15-20 hours a day.
But time is not evenly distributed: many babies rest no more than 3-4 hours in a row.
If the parents in the 1st month did not accustom the baby to the concept of “day-night”, now is the time to make every effort to build a 2-month baby day regimen. It does not work out right away. But when it succeeds, then the parents will have free time for household chores, and even stay on vacation.
Features of the daily routine of a 2-month-old baby
Features of the regimen of a child’s day at 2 months are associated with the development of his life systems, especially digestion:
- saliva is more actively produced, thanks to which it is more convenient for the baby to suck breast milk. Since the baby’s mouth is now more firmly attached to the mammary gland, it swallows less air, which reduces frequent belching, bloating and colic in the tummy,
- digestive organs work more intensively: fermentation and production of gastric juice are activated, normal microflora is formed. This means that food is absorbed faster, and breaks between feedings are reduced to 2 hours,
- the baby’s dream changes: there is a tendency to early or late morning awakening. So the child’s biorhythm is formed: he can become a “lark” or “owl”. Do not miss this important point. Truly a chronotype will appear only by 6-7 years. Parents should know the biological characteristics of the baby and not seek to remake the "owl" in the "lark". This will upset the child’s psychological balance.
At night, 2-month-old babies can sleep for 10 hours with 1-2 breaks for food. In the afternoon they will need 4 hours of rest: 2 times for 2 hours. Often babies are confused day and night and therefore rest during the daytime more time. In such situations, they should be woken up, gradually accustoming to the correct schedule.
It is not difficult to instill an optimal regimen of the day for a child: any kid will master this “science” in a week. The main thing for parents is to be consistent in their actions: sleeping and feeding, bathing and massage the baby - strictly at the same time.
Mom's milk is the best diet for a 2 year old baby. Feed the baby on demand. Over time, newborns themselves establish a schedule and eat with an interval of 3 hours.
All the children are different, so the schedule presented below should be considered as a recommendation, a temporary shift of 1-1.5 hours is possible:
- 6 in the morning. The kid woke up. The first procedure is washing. This must always be done, starting with the birth of the crumbs. We wipe the face with a cotton swab soaked in water, eyes with new clean pieces of cotton wool. The procedure is important not to skip, accustoming the child to hygiene. During this period, it’s time to cut the baby’s marigolds,
- from 6-20 to 7-20. 1st feeding time. On a day, the baby needs 800-900 ml of milk. A single serving is 130-150 ml. Breastfeeding is difficult to track. Focus on the duration of feeding - about 15-20 minutes.This time is enough for the child to eat,
- from 7 to 9-30 in the morning. Sleep (if possible in the fresh air). At this time, mom can eat and go about her business,
- 9-30. The baby woke up. Second feeding
- from 9-30 a.m. to 11 a.m.. The kid is awake. He’s full, and you can go for a walk,
- from 11 to 13 hours. Daytime sleep
- from 13 to 14-30. You came from a walk. It’s time for the 3rd feeding,
- from 14-30 to 16-30. The child is tired and wants to relax. Time to sleep,
- 16-30 – 17-30. Awakening and wakefulness. Fourth feeding. Educational games,
- 17-30 – 19-30. The kid is sleeping. Do not worry that, falling asleep so late, the baby will not sleep at night. Will if you put it after 9 yesterday,
- 19-30 – 21-30. Fifth feeding. Wakefulness until 22-00. Bathing crumbs,
- from 21-30 to 24-00. A dream again. Then the sixth feeding. When saturated, the baby will sleep until 6 in the morning,
- 24:00 - 6 a.m.. Night sleep. If the baby wakes up at night and wants to eat, do not refuse him.
This mode of the day is advised by a famous pediatrician E. Komarovsky. Try to comply with it. Over time, the schedule will be adjusted and become familiar.
On artificial feeding
The mode of the newborn on artificial feeding differs only in the feeding schedule, since the mixtures of industrial production are absorbed longer and harder than mother's milk.
Breaks between feedings increase to 4 hours or more: 7-00 and 11-00 in the morning, 15-00 in the afternoon, 19-00 and 23-00 in the evening and at 3 o’clock in the morning.
Advice to parents: when choosing a mixture, give preference to proven manufacturers of baby food. The best option is an adapted milk mixture. Its composition almost corresponds to breast milk, therefore it is absorbed faster. Having decided on the choice, consult a pediatrician.
Two-month-old baby sleep
Mandatory rule: the baby should sleep from 16 hours a day or more. The quality of sleep crumbs is a very important point.
If the baby has slept enough, then his health will be fine, and he will have enough strength for activity. A poorly rested child is tearful and apathetic. Sleep for a 2-month-old baby is a physiological necessity, and disturbance of rest is unnatural and harmful.
How to instill healthy sleep skills in your child? Examine the signs of fatigue of the crumbs. A 2-month-old baby cannot stay awake for more than 2 hours in a row. Otherwise, he will overwork and will not be able to sleep. Watch the baby: if you notice drowsiness, immediately put him to bed. Having studied baby biorhythms, you will know when he is ready for bed.
Give the baby a chance to fall asleep himself: put him in the crib when he is sleepy, but does not sleep yet. Experts do not advise rocking and feeding the baby before resting, as this will quickly become a habit. But all the children are different, so you need to try. Does the baby sleep alone in the crib?
This means that you need to put it next to you. Do not try to "educate" the baby - cry and fall asleep. Yes, he will fall asleep from fatigue, but the need to be with his mother will not disappear and will result in long night sobs.
Children, whom their parents laid next to them on demand, on the contrary, then calmly “went” to sleep in their crib, because their need was satisfied.
Recommended hours for sleep:
- in the morning from 7-30 to 9-30 and from 11-00 to one in the afternoon,
- in the afternoon from 14-30 to 16-30 and from 17-30 to 19-30,
- in the evening from 21-00 to 23-30,
- at night from 24-00 to 6 in the morning.
Nutrition of a newborn at 2 months of life
The number of feedings of a newborn at this age is 6-7 times a day with a break of 2.5-3.5 hours. At night, a pause can be delayed up to 6-7 hours. The best food is mom's milk.
If lactation worsens, measures should be taken:
- drink herbal decoctions,
- Do not be shy to fully relax. Ask loved ones to do some household chores, and try to get enough sleep yourself,
- tea with milk helps well.
If these measures have not yielded results, consult a doctor and select the nutrition, taking into account the age and individual characteristics of the crumbs.
A common mistake of mothers is the early introduction of new products (juices, yoghurts) into the baby’s diet. Do not listen to other people's advice, consult only with a pediatrician.If the baby feeds on breast milk, then up to 6 months it will have enough of the beneficial substances contained in it. For children on artificial feeding, additional products are administered in 1-1.5 months.
Walks and games
He can already control the body and makes a lot of different movements. The best toy of this period is a rattle. It is better if there will be several of them: of various shapes and colors. The item can be placed in the handle of a baby or hung over the crib.
All this will help to develop fine motor skills, distinguish colors, better perceive sounds. Another available game is to pick up the baby in your arms, sing songs with him and talk.
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Raising a child is a difficult but enjoyable duty, sometimes requiring enormous endurance. If parents carefully monitor their baby, it will not be difficult for them to work out a daily regimen suitable for a 2-month crumbs and plan the time so that it is enough for household chores. Then caring for the baby will bring joy, not constant fatigue.