After the first four weeks, many parents notice that their baby is slowly putting on more baby fat and growing even faster. The joy of movement and targeted looks are increasing.
From the newborn to the thrill-pot: the second month of life
Closely related, the second month brings the long-awaited smile to many parents. This so-called “social smile” gives babies the most people who talk to them, smile at them and are sympathetic to them. Also, a baby in the second month of life brings to the environment with the following development steps to the astonishment.
The motor skills from the 4th week
Active movements, a quick rowing with the legs and arms as well as initial speech attempts characterized the physical development in the second month of life. In the prone position, some two-month-old babies can lift their heads for a short time. Also, some babies in the supine position push so hard with the legs that they can push backward. However, this does not happen purposefully:
Also, your baby is trying to understand the world slowly in the second month of life. You will observe that many attempts at grasping initially go nowhere. Gradually, however, the gripping improves and becomes more targeted. The fact that gripping involves letting go is something that babies first have to learn because the inborn gripping reflex initially makes it difficult to open their hands. The game with your fingersYour little one will also discover it for yourself.
Also, from the second month, it is possible to track familiar persons or objects with the eyes.
The desire for color and pattern
In the first few weeks, babies like to look at simple, two-tone patterns. This is changing now. Colorful and complex shapes now exert a great fascination on most babies.
Listening, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling. All of this trains a two-month-old baby day by day and thus learns to perceive his environment more and more clearly and curiously. While babies are staring at faces fascinated in the first month, they begin to smile at about the 6th to 8th week. The applies to both familiar, foreign and painted persons. Even stuffed animals now get one or the other social smile and the first words in the baby language.
Finally, longer periods of sleep
The percentage of babies who sleep through the night is still very low in the second month of life. Sleeping through is contrary to many opinions very rare and into infancy. It means no deficit of the child! But the sleep sections of a two-month-old baby can be noticeably longer.
When choosing a place to sleep, keep the safety of your baby in mind and bear in mind that being agiler is always a risk of falling off an unsecured sleeping pad. Many babies now have two to four sleep phases per day and spend about 10 hours a day exploring the world with their eyes open.
The doctor’s appointments in the second month of life
At the end of the first month of life or the beginning of the second, the check-up U3 takes place. Remember that for the checkups, arrange the appointments in the given weeks of life. On the one hand, this is an important prerequisite for the doctor to be able to assess the stage of development by the specifications of the yellow examination book. On the other hand, there are often billing problems with the health insurance companies, if a U-study is not done at the recommended time.
As part of the U3, you also have the opportunity to perform a hip sonography screening. This is a painless ultrasound exam on the baby’s hip. The hip ultrasound is used to detect the abnormal development of the musculoskeletal system. If existing malformations on the hip are detected and treated at an early stage, the resulting restrictions on movement can be completely avoided.
About four percent of newborns have hip malformations, also called hip dysplasia. This can exist in different degrees of severity. In the predominantly mild cases of hip dysplasia, the so-called broad wrap is recommended as a therapy. In addition to the diaper, a rolled-up towel is placed in a second diaper between the baby’s legs. In more severe cases, occasionally a Pavlik bandage (chest lower leg belt) or a hip plaster (very rare) is necessary as a therapeutic measure.
A natural way to support hip development is to carry as much baby as possible in the sling. The squat-spreading attitude taken there is ideal.
Also in the second month, breast milk or pre-milk is the only food for your baby. Other food cannot digest the digestive system of a baby just a few weeks old.
All about changing
The winding has become routine, and many parents are already in the pack with the next larger diapers. Often, the ” Premium Protection variants ” are still suitable and usually fit the size 3 (4 to 7 kilograms) very well. For smaller babies, the diaper size two often protects you better from getting wet. In addition to the diaper size, the dress size changes. In the second month, she is on average in the dress size 56 to 68.
If you discover a rash on your baby’s bottom, which does not improve with frequent diaper changes and wound protection cream, you should show this to your pediatrician. Sometimes babies have “Windsor,” an easy to treat but very unpleasant fungal infection. With a special cream can be remedied. If you are interested in diaper free, have a look at our article.
A tip for wrapping little boys: If often the body or the romper is wet, Make sure that the little penis folds down when you close the diapers when you’re wrapping.
This is how you play with your baby in the second month of life
Now is the time when you can get some interesting toys ready. For example, mobilés invite you to marvel and watch. When choosing the Mobilés, make sure that you see hanging animals, stars or other figures with friendly faces to the baby. This increases the interest in Mobilé and often makes for one or the other smile.
The baby mat should also spread more often. Put your little sweetheart on your stomach to practice raising your head and later lifting your arms up. The strengthening of the neck muscles is one of the most important prerequisites to start crawling in a few weeks.
Useful for babies 2nd month
Baby carrier or sling
Babies always want to be as close to mom as possible. It calms them when they perceive the familiar smell of the mother. A sling or a baby carrier is therefore ideal to carry the baby with each activity directly to his body. For newborns usually one will sling a stretcher used, then from the 3rd or 4th month often. There are baby carriers that are also suitable for newborns.
Rattle and rattle
With a toy and a rattle, children learn to explore the world. You can use it to practice grasping and hold and recognize different shapes and sounds. Soft toys, such as cotton, are recommended for very young children, and older children will enjoy rattles and wooden handholds.
When the offspring is finally here, of course, the relatives want to get to know the new earthlings. With a travel cot, the visit to the grandparents or the first holiday designed much easier, because the baby is as soon as his tired little bed is available, where it can sleep relaxed.