Questions to expect at the 2-month well-baby visit

Questions to expect at the 2-month well-baby visit

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  • What to expect

    These slides show you the questions your child's doctor is likely to ask you at the 2-month well-baby checkup about your child's health, sleeping, and feeding habits. Jot down your answers on our printable doctor visit worksheet to take with you to the appointment.

  • How is your baby sleeping?

    At this age, many babies are starting to sleep a little longer at night – maybe even staying asleep for a four- or five-hour stretch – and less during the day. They're still snoozing 14 to 16 hours a day on average.

  • When, how, and how often does your baby eat?

    Most 2-month-olds still eat every two to three hours, though they may begin to eat slightly less often later this month. The doctor asks feeding questions to make sure your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula to thrive.

  • What are your baby's bowel movements like?

    Color can vary. As for consistency, soft stools are best. Dry or pellet-like stools are a sign of dehydration or constipation. Tell your doctor if you notice this.

  • What is your baby's crying pattern?

    If your baby is particularly fussy or colicky, the doctor may suggest ways to soothe him. Have you noticed a change? Many babies begin to "settle" at about 8 weeks.

  • How's your baby's head control?

    Head control is an important developmental milestone. By now your baby should be able to hold her head up when she's on her stomach.

  • Can your baby push up on his forearms?

    This development in your baby's strength and coordination could happen this month. But some babies don't reach this milestone until four months or later.

  • How does your baby respond when you talk to him?

    At this age, your baby should be cooing on his own and at you. It's one of the first steps in his language development.

  • Does your baby smile?

    Most babies are smiling voluntarily by this age. It's one of their earliest social behaviors.

  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your baby's eyes or the way he looks at things?

    At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and alignment of the eyes and your baby's ability to move them correctly.

  • How's your baby's hearing?

    Hearing is fully developed at birth, so if your baby's not turning toward voices, especially familiar ones, tell the doctor.

  • What's your baby's posture like?

    By now your baby should have relaxed a bit from the scrunched-up fetal position. Her legs should come down when she's lying on her back. But if she's overly limp – she feels like she'll slip out of your arms – or has uneven movements, tell your doctor.

  • Does your baby spend time on his tummy when he's awake?

    Supervised tummy time – when your child is awake and active – helps babies learn to push up, roll over, and eventually crawl. It also helps them avoid getting a flat spot on their head.

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