At 2 months of age your baby needs only breast milk or infant formula. At this age most babies take about 4 to 5 ounces of breast milk or formula every 3 to 4 hours.
If you are giving formula to your baby, check formula to make sure that it’s warm and not hot.
If you are breast-feeding your baby, it’s a good idea to sometimes feed your baby with pumped breast milk in a bottle. This helps your baby learn another way to drink milk and allows other people to feed your baby.
When you feed your baby with a bottle, never prop the bottle. Always hold your baby during feedings. This calms your baby and helps you to bond with your baby.
It's not yet time to start cereal or baby food. Solid food can be started at 4 to 6 months of age.
Your baby will start to lift her head briefly and reach for things with her hands. Your baby seems to enjoy smiling faces and will sometimes smile in return. She will make cooing sounds when people speak gently to her.
Many babies wake up every 3 to 4 hours, while others may sleep longer during the night. Feeding your baby a lot just before bedtime doesn't have much to do with how long your baby will sleep. Place your baby in the crib when she's drowsy but still awake. If you would like to try to get your baby to sleep longer at night, ask your healthcare provider for ideas about ways to keep your baby alert and awake during the day.
Reading and Technology
Talk to your baby. Your baby will enjoy just hearing your voice. You can read aloud from a baby book or even from your favorite novel. It’s important to make eye contact, cuddle, and interact with your baby.
Limit how much time your child spends with technology. Play games, read, or watch TV with your child and communicate with your child while you do. Children this age need to be active because it helps their brains and bodies to develop. Play and interact with your child, and be a role model by limiting your own use of technology.
If you find yourself getting annoyed or angry with your baby, or if your baby is crying too much and you cannot cope with it, call a friend or relative for help. NEVER shake a baby.
Choking and Suffocation
Fires and Burns
Immunizations protect your child against several serious, life-threatening diseases. At 2 months of age, your baby should have:
Some vaccines may be combined to reduce the total number of shots for your baby.
Your baby may have a fever and be irritable for a few days after getting shots. Your baby may also have some soreness, redness, and swelling where the shots were given. Ask your healthcare provider what symptoms or problems you should watch for and what to do if your child has them.
Bring your child's shot record to all visits with your child’s healthcare provider.
Your baby's next routine visit should be at the age of 4 months.