Beckham turned two months old on June 17th, so this summary is for his second month of life. His sleep schedule and milestones are listed below, and all of his pictures (plus a few family pictures as well!) are at the bottom.
At two months old, Beckham weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces.
The second month was a big month for us, with a tongue-tie reversal surgery and our first real smiles!
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What to Expect With a Two Month Old Baby
At two months old your baby should be eating around every 3-hours during the day and giving you stretches between feedings at night of anywhere from 4-8 hours.
Beckham was nursing every 3-hours, but he was still taking a really long time to nurse. He was also waking up from his naps early… and hungry! My instinct was that he wasn’t transferring enough milk due to his tongue tie.
After his tongue tie procedure (more on that below!), Beckham started taking his full naps and was no longer waking up early. Woot woot!
His nursing sessions also started to take a little less time, which was a big relief to me.
If your baby is bottle fed, they should take between 5-7 ounces at each feeding.
At 2 months, Ben was still giving Beckham a bottle for his bedtime feeding, and then I would pump.
Frenectomy Procedure at 5 Weeks
He had his tongue-tie reversal surgery on May 20th.
The surgery was super quick, and although Beckham screamed and cried during it, the actual surgery party only lasted about a minute.
When it was done, they put some gauze around his pacifier to stop the bleeding, and Beckham calmed down immediately.
Later in the afternoon, he was perfectly happy and content and acted as if nothing had happened! If your baby has a tongue tie and you’re considering having the surgery done, I would highly recommend it.
It was so quick, and recovery was a breeze.
During Beckham’s second month of life, he became even better at sleeping in his crib. He was taking about 90% of his naps in his crib (still the occasional swing nap, and a nap on mommy!)
We still can put him down in his crib drowsy, but awake (here is my post on how to get your baby to sleep in their crib).
Moms on Call Schedule 2 Months:
The Moms on Call book is what we are following with Beckham. It is very similar to Babywise. One of the main difference between Moms On Call versus Babywise is that Babywise has you introduce a dream feed, while Moms on Call doesn’t.
Moms on Call has you follow the same schedule from 4-8 weeks, but does suggest that you can move to the 8-16 week schedule as early as 6 weeks… if your baby is thriving and gaining weight, and that is exactly what we did!
Moms on Call Schedule 4 Weeks
The schedule we followed is the same one that I outlined in Beckham’s one month summary but I will put it below for reference.
- Between 6:00-7:00 AM: Eat and nap right away
- 9:00: Eat, wake time
- 10-12: Nap
- 12:00: Eat, wake time
- 1-3: Nap
- 3:00: Eat, wake time
- 4-5:30: Nap
- 5:30: Eat
- 6:30-8:00 Nap
- 8:00 Bath OR quick wipe down/change into pajamas since we don’t do daily baths
- 8:30: Eat
- 9:00 Bedtime
*Beckham was waking up around 2:00, and started waking up at 3, giving us a solid 6 hours!
We usually then had to wake him up at 7:00 AM to start the day.
Moms on Call Schedule 6 Weeks
Since Beckham was doing so well on his Moms on Call sleep schedule, I felt that he was ready at 6-weeks (well, he was really about six and a half weeks haha!) to make the transition to the next schedule… with a few adjustments.
The main differences between the 2 schedules are that 1. bedtime is earlier, and 2. the baby has awake time after their 7:00 AM feeding instead of going straight down for a nap.
- 7:00: Eat, and awake time
- 8:00: Nap
- 10:00: Eat, awake time
- 11:00: Nap
- 1:00: Eat, awake time
- 2:00: Nap
- 4:00: Eat, awake time
- 5:30: Catnap (usually lasted about an hour)
- 6:30: Awake time, bath, or a quick wipe down
- 7:00: Eat
- 7:30: Bedtime!
- He woke between 4 and 5 am
*We kept this schedule only for a few days and then introduced a dream feed. See more below on how and why.
Moms on Call does suggest giving the baby an hour and a half of awake time during the day with an hour and a half of naps, but my babies have always done much better with a solid two-hour nap at this age.
Now here is the crazy thing: shortly after we transitioned to this schedule with the earlier bedtime, Beckham started extending his nighttime sleep. He was previously waking up between 2-3 AM, and he started sleeping until 4 or 5 am!!!!
Most nights he was sleeping from 7 pm to 5 am. That’s ten hours. TEN. HOURS. At 6 weeks old!
Even though Moms on Call said that they could sleep that long, it was so crazy to me that it actually happened.
Curious about what exactly we did to get him sleeping that long? This post outlines the Moms on Call Soothing Methods we used that helped Beckham sleep longer at night.
A well-rested baby is a happy baby!
Introducing a Dream Feed
While I loved the fact that Beckham was sleeping ten hours, it ended up being slightly problematic. He did really well for several nights, but then he got to a point where he would wake up to nurse at 5:00 AM, and not want to go back to sleep.
It was as if the ten hours of sleep was enough for him and he was ready for the day!
The problem was… I was NOT ready to be awake for the day. Since he was only 6-weeks old, there was no way that he was ready for me to try to help him extend his nighttime sleep longer than ten hours.
So I decided that the logical step was to introduce a dream feed.
We really struggled with finding a good time for the dream feed. A dream feed can either work really well, or it can completely mess up your baby’s sleep cycle and make them wake up even earlier.
It took two weeks of experimenting, but we finally found that 11:00 PM worked the best. I knew that we still had several weeks until he was developmentally ready to go a full 12 hours, so it was worth it to me to find a time that worked.
Two Month Old Milestones
The second month was a big month of milestones for us!
The Wonder Weeks Leap 1 (Wonder Week 5)
Around 5 weeks old, Beckham started to be incredibly fussy during the day. He wouldn’t nap in his crib, and almost every single nap ended up in his swing.
He also started waking up at 2:00 AM (which was his normal time to wake up at 5 weeks) and NOT GO BACK TO SLEEP.
I couldn’t figure out what was going on, and at first I thought that his tongue tie procedure wasn’t working and that my milk supply was dropping and he was waking from hunger.
However, he would nurse and then show zero interest in nursing anymore. He simply wanted to be held.
While this is common for many babies, he had gone 5 weeks without doing this and I really felt like something was up.
Finally, it hit me. I downloaded the wonder weeks app, and sure enough… he was going through his first leap!
There is so much I can write about the wonder weeks leaps so I will do an entire post on Leap 1.
Once his leap was over, he went back to sleeping as well was he was prior to the leap.
We had a few smiles that were maybe smiles and maybe just gas, but starting at 6-weeks, Beckham started to give us some real smiles! They weren’t very frequent, but they still happened.
Discovering His Hands
Your baby may discover their hands at 2 months old… Beckham did!
Now, he wasn’t actively picking up toys and playing with them, but he would stare at his hands and try to reach for his toys.
He also loves to suck on his fists, so we might have another thumb sucker.
Theo, Josie, and Margo all love Beckham so much.
They love playing with him and helping to give him his bedtime bottles.
We are still doing lots of tummy time. He doesn’t seem to mind it, but the big kids love to have him do tummy time lying on them and it’s so so sweet.
Bearing Weight on Legs
Right before he turned 2 months old, Beckham started bearing weight through his legs. I’d be holding him in a sitting position and he’d straighten his little legs and push himself up.
I was shocked and felt as if it was so early for him to be doing that, however when I looked it up I read that it is common anywhere between 2 and 4 months. So he was on the early end, but it wasn’t uncommon at all.
It’s funny how many things you forget from baby to baby.
First Zoo Trip
Beckham had his first outing to the zoo this month! How I hope that by the time he’s old enough to recognize the zoo, masks won’t be a requirement.
Last Day of School
While Beckham obviously didn’t have a last day of school, he had to make an appearance in our last day of school pictures!
We celebrated the last day of school with a picnic at the cove near our house! I got the big kids bubble blowers, water squirters, and glow necklaces as a fun little welcome to summer present.
First Beach Outing
Beckham had his first (of many!!) beach outing this month. He slept in his car seat and then nursed on the beach.
I was also able to leave him at home and take the big kids to the beach, which is a huge perk of Ben working from home.
He is such an easy baby, that Ben can give him a bottle, and then he will just happily chill on his playmate or in his bouncy chair until it’s time for his next nap.
Here are some pictures of the big kids at the beach:
Going to the beach with toddlers? Here’s my post on the essentials to bring to the beach with toddlers!
Beckham is the sweetest, happiest baby and we all love him so much!