Your Baby's Growth: 2 Monthsenparents baby continues to grow at a rapid pace. Here's what to expect this month.newborns, infants, multiple births, growing, feedings, 2 month olds, talking to my baby, 1 month olds, crying, cries, 1-month-olds, diaper change, 2-month-olds, nursing, naps, my baby is upset, colicky, rocking chair, 3-month-olds, burping, burps, spitting up, breast-feeding, bottle-feeding, hungry, formulas, nipples, 3 month olds, pacifier, immunities, mother's milk, pumping, length, long, measurements, sizes, shapes, birth order, percentile, premature babies, body fat, rolls of fat, height, head circumferences, bowel movements, general pediatrics, endocrinology, endocrine, neonatology, neonatal03/14/201501/09/201901/09/2019Cristy A. Wong, MD01/07/20195d2c7289-f4fe-45a3-88f9-4dba590ddbc9<p>Babies continue to grow quickly in weight and length this month.</p> <h3>How Much Will My Baby Grow?</h3> <p>The first 2 months of life were a period of rapid growth. Your baby will continue to grow at a similar rate, gaining about 1 to 1&frac12; inches (2.5 to 3.8 centimeters) in length and 2 pounds (907 grams) in weight this month. These are just averages &mdash; your baby may grow somewhat faster or slower, and is likely to have growth spurts.</p> <p>Your baby can go through periods of increased hunger and fussiness. This increase in hunger means your baby is going through a period of fast growth (a <strong>growth spurt</strong>). If you breastfeed, you might find your baby wants to eat more often (sometimes every hour!) during certain times of the day. This is often called "cluster feeding." Formula-fed babies may want to eat more often or will drink more formula than usual during feedings.</p> <p>You'll learn to see the signs that tell you that your baby is hungry or when your baby is full. You will know your baby is hungry when she seems restless, cries a lot, sticks out her tongue or sucks on her hands and lips. You will know your baby is full when she is no longer interested in feeding or just falls asleep at the end of a feeding session. Remember, babies' tummies are very small and they need to be <a href="">burped</a> after feedings to release gas that can cause discomfort.</p> <p>Your doctor will measure your baby's weight, length, and head circumference and track his or her growth on a standardized <a href="">growth chart</a> (there are different charts for boys and girls). Your baby might be large, small, or medium-sized. As long as this growth pattern stays consistent over time, chances are your baby's progress is just fine.</p> <p>If your baby is born <a href="">prematurely</a>, keep in mind that growth and development should not be compared with that of a full-term child. Preemies will need to be followed more closely and may need to be weighed more often during the first months to make sure they are growing properly. They have some catching up to do!</p> <h3>Should I Be Concerned?</h3> <p>If your baby is not growing at the expected rate, or the growth rate slows, your doctor will want to make sure your baby is getting enough to <a href="">eat</a>.</p> <p>The doctor may ask you about:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>How many feedings a day your baby gets.</strong> At 2 months old, a breastfed baby may <a href="">feed</a> about 8 times in a 24-hour period; formula-fed babies usually <a href="">eat</a> less frequently, about every 4 hours. Now that babies are drinking more at a time they will feed less often and sleep longer at night.</li> <li><strong>How much your baby eats at each feeding.</strong> A baby generally nurses for at least 10 minutes, should be heard to swallow, and should seem satisfied when done. Bottle-fed babies eat about 5 to 6 ounces (148&ndash;177 milliliters) &mdash; some more and some less &mdash; at each feeding. Breastfeeding mothers may benefit from seeing a lactation consultant to increase comfort and improve technique.</li> <li><strong>How many bowel movements your baby has each day, and their volume and consistency.</strong> Most babies will have 1 or more bowel movements daily, but it may be normal to skip 1 or 2 days if consistency is normal. Breastfed babies' stools tend to be soft and slightly runny. The stools of formula-fed babies tend to be a little firmer, but should not be hard or formed.</li> </ul> <p>Most of the time, a baby's growth will simply be tracked over the next few months during routine <a href="">well-baby visits</a>. But if your doctor is concerned about your baby's growth, he or she will want to see your baby more often.</p> <h3>What's Next?</h3> <p>On average, babies between 3 and 6 months grow in length and weight at a steady but slightly slower rate compared with the first 2 months of life. Sometimes, it may seem like your baby is outgrowing clothes every other day and you can't keep up. Don't worry. Rapid growth will start to slow down in the second half of the first year.</p>El crecimiento de su bebé: 2 mesesLos bebés siguen creciendo deprisa tanto en peso como en longitud.
Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How OftenHere's info about how often to breastfeed your baby, how long it takes to nurse, and much more.
Communication and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldYour baby is learning to communicate through facial expressions like smiling or frowning as well as crying, squealing, babbling, and laughing. And those sounds are early attempts to speak!
Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-OldWhether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.
Feeding Your NewbornThese guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle feeding can help you know what's right for you and your baby.
Growth ChartsDoctors use growth charts to figure out whether kids' height and weight measurements are "normal" and whether they're developing on track. Here are some facts about growth charts.
Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldYou probably have lots of questions about your baby's health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?
Pregnancy & Newborn CenterAdvice and information for expectant and new parents.
Sleep and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldAt this age, babies generally have their days and nights straightened out. Many infants even "sleep through the night," which means 5 or 6 hours at a time.
Your Baby's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 2 MonthsYour baby experiences sights, sounds, and smells with the five senses. Here's what your baby is experiencing at 2 months.
Your Child's Checkup: 1 MonthFind out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by the first month.
Your Child's Checkup: 2 MonthsFind out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by the second month.
Your Child's Development: 2 MonthsDoctors use certain milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. Here's what your baby may do this month.
Your Child's GrowthFrom the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby's progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?
kh:age-babyZeroToOnekh:clinicalDesignation-developmentalMedicinekh:clinicalDesignation-generalPediatricskh:genre-articlekh:primaryClinicalDesignation-generalPediatricsGrowth & Your Baby