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2 Months of Age

What to Expect at the 2-Month Well Visit:

  • First DTaP / Polio / HepB vaccine
  • First Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine
  • First pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) vaccine
  • First rotavirus (RV) vaccine

See the full immunization schedule ›

Safety:

  • Place your baby on his or her back to sleep.
  • Your infant is moving more; be aware that they can fall off surfaces. Never leave the baby unattended on a bed, changing table or sofa.
  • Continue to use a rear-facing car seat secured in the backseat of the car.
  • Never drink hot liquids while holding your baby or near your baby to avoid burns from accidental spills.
  • Make sure your water heater temperature is set to a maximum of 120° F.
  • A fever is a temperature equal or greater than 100.4° F taken rectally. If your infant has this temperature, it is advised to have them seen at Yale Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.
  • AAP recommends insect repellents should be less than 30% DEET and used for infants 2 months old and older. Wash off skin with soap and water when done. Wash clothes before wearing again. Do not use combination DEET and sunscreen products. Apply permethrin for ticks to clothes, not to skin.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapplying every 2 hours, and avoid peak sun intensity of 10 am to 3 pm.

Development:

  • Infants will coo, smile, focus on face, follow objects, have better head control and turn head to sounds. They will begin to cry or act bored or fussy if activity doesn’t change.
  • They may become fussy, especially toward the late afternoon or evening. It can last for several hours. They are soothed by rocking motion. If placed in a swing, please make sure they are secured by the belts. If you need more advice in management, please call the office to discuss. This period is usually referred to as “colic” and completely resolves by 12 weeks of age. No additional medicines are needed.
  • They can hold their head up and begin to push up when lying on their tummy.

Diet:

  • Breastfeed on demand somewhere from 8 to 12 times a day. Feed until your baby is content.
  • Mother should be taking her pre-natal vitamins.
  • Vitamin D 400 I.U daily is recommended to be given for exclusively breastfed infants and is available over the counter as a liquid vitamin. If unable to find, then consider Tri-vi-sol or Poly-vi-sol.
  • If you need further assistance, please contact our Lactation Consultant.
  • Formula fed infants: 3 to 4 ounces every 3 to 4 hours on average. Sometimes they will feed more often and sometimes more than 3 ounces. As your baby grows, the formula intake will increase too.
  • Use nursery water or previously boiled water to prepare powder formula. Follow the instructions closely in preparation.
  • Do not be concerned if your baby spits up, as long as they are not irritable.

Watch Out For:

  • Please notify your provider if your baby does not respond to loud sound, does not watch things as they move, or does not smile at people.