The two-and-a-half-month-old baby reacts to stimuli in an increasingly intense and noticeable way.
Want to know how two-and-a-half-month-old babies develop, what are the developmental milestones they reach this age, and what are their care, feeding, and sleep needs? We explain what you need to know!
Growth And Development Of Your 2 And A Half Month Old Baby
We are approaching your baby’s first trimester. Each time she reacts to more stimuli and begins to smile at her mother intentionally. She is also able to follow a moving object with her gaze and make some sounds, other than crying.
Over time, you and your baby will find more and more ways to interact, from talking and singing to relaxing massages, rocking him or dancing with him. In addition, to stimulate his reflexes, you can use rattles or toys that emit noise and that he must find with his gaze, turning his head if necessary.
During his second month of life, the baby grows an average of 3.5 centimetres and continues to increase about 200 grams per week (with variations up or down, totally normal). The paediatrician or nurse are the people who can best solve your possible doubts or concerns regarding the child’s weight or size.
At this age, the baby begins to learn to turn around. Although you are not yet able to perform a full turn, you can still go from the side-to-face position, for example. For this reason, when you change the diaper on the changing table, you must be very careful and not trust that it will not move.
In order to avoid unpleasant situations, you should not leave him unattended for even a second when he is not in a safe area.
Feeding Your 2 And A Half Month Old Baby
Experts from the WHO (World Health Organization) recommend exclusive breastfeeding up to six months of the baby and, thereafter, as the main food accompanied by the introduction of foods other than milk.
If you give her a bottle, breastfeeding can also be exclusive up to six months, but it will be your paediatrician who tells you the right time to introduce the first foods other than milk, a time that is still a bit far.
REMEMBER! If you breastfeed your baby exclusively, you may have some doubts about whether the little one is receiving all the food he needs to grow well. Don’t worry, don’t rush to change your method and go to your paediatrician if you have any doubts!
Your 2 and a half-month-old baby’s dream
At this age, the child already begins to take longer sleep breaks and does not wake up as often as in previous weeks. You can already stay awake for about 10 hours a day, although the vast majority still need to wake up at night to eat. What else should you know about your little one’s dream?
- The need for sleep is different in each child because it is influenced by many factors, such as temperament, stimuli received, and the family environment.
- The criterion to be followed to establish that “something is wrong” in relation to the child’s dream is not its duration, but rather it is quality.
- Your sleep should be calm, your growth should be regular, and while you are awake you should not be constantly irritated or cry.
- In this regard, the night shot is very beneficial for both baby and mom. For the baby, in addition to food, it represents the tranquillity of knowing that his mother is there when he needs her; For mom, the production of prolactin, the lactation hormone, makes her relaxed and able to rest better when the baby finishes feeding.
ATTENTION! Don’t listen to the stories that other moms or your family and friends tell you. Every baby is a world! If other little ones of your age already sleep through the night, don’t wonder why yours doesn’t. Everything is fine
Tips And Well-being For Your 2 And A Half Month Old Baby
What relationship does your child with a pacifier? Keep in mind that the pacifier is useful in all “emergency” situations, for example, when you cannot fall asleep or are restless.
- The pacifier gives you a pleasant sensation, similar to the one you experience when you are in contact with your mother. However, it is advisable not to abuse him, putting it in his mouth every time he cries, without even trying to understand what happens to him.
- When choosing the pacifier, you should give preference to those with an anatomical shape, which reduce the risk of deformation of the palate and try to sterilize and rinse it frequently under the tap.
You may have noticed that your baby is drooling more than usual and you may even have to put a bib on it to keep it from getting wet. This increase in salivation is not due to teething, which normally begins at six months on average, but due to the preparation of the gums.
In addition, the mouth is the main means of learning and knowledge of the baby, so everything that is within reach is put into the mouth.
Security before everything! Never leave small objects or parts within reach that could end up in your mouth.
Now that the approaching step of your baby bassinet to crib, perhaps you know concerned to address this transition. He is used to the small space while comforting his bassinet, but in the crib, he will be equally comfortable and safe. To stay calmer, take these precautions:
- The days before taking the step, you can try to leave him lying in what will be his new crib, accompanied by some toys and entertained with a mobile on his crib, while you closely monitor him in the same room.
- You can also start taking your daytime naps in the crib, a crib that for the first six months it is advisable that you place in your room to avoid sudden infant death syndrome.
- You must place it in a place where it does not get direct sun, away from radiators, lamps, shelves, wall decorations and paintings.
Even if the crib is second hand, you should buy a new mattress that covers it completely so that the baby does not slip between the mattress and the crib.
ADVICE! The baby’s crib should be completely free of accessories. Crib bumpers and stuffed animals inside the crib should be avoided. Safety above all!