How your baby's growing
Reading to your baby, even at this young age, will pay off. Hearing you read helps your baby develop an ear for the cadence of spoken language. Varying your pitch, using silly voices, and singing will make the connection between you and your baby that much more interesting.
If your baby looks the other way or loses interest while you're reading, just try doing something else and give her time to rest. Take your cues from your baby's responses.
You'll find plenty of good books to read to your baby – such as Goodnight Moon, Good Night Gorilla, and The Big Red Barn. Choose board books that have large, bright pictures and simple text – or even wordless books with pictures for you to narrate. At this point you don't have to pay much attention to age guidelines. Books designed for older children can captivate a baby if they have clear, crisp images and bright colors.
- Learn more fascinating facts about your 2-month-old's development.
Your life: Handling unwanted advice
When you have a baby, everyone in the world seems to have an opinion to share: "Shouldn't she be wearing a sweater?" "She won't grow big and strong if you don't feed her solids now." "If you let her suck on a pacifier, she'll ruin her teeth!" Whether the advice is right or wrong, it's the sheer intrusiveness of it all that can irk you.
How to deal with it? First, don't take everything you hear seriously. There's no quicker way to undermine your growing confidence than to listen to every shred of information you're offered by friends, relatives, and strangers. Do what you think is best.
Realize the advice is mostly well intentioned. People are drawn to babies. Sometimes they make "helpful" comments simply to have something to say. In response, say something noncommittal, like "Thanks for your concern" or "I'll think about that." A great way to handle grandparents who have their own ideas about feeding or sleep is to enlist a third party. Try: "Thanks, Mom. I'll see what our doctor says."
Learn about: Your baby's head and hair
What should I do if my baby's head looks flat?
If your baby has developed a flat spot on his head (a condition known as positional plagiocephaly), it may be the result of sleeping too much in the same position. Babies are born with a soft, pliable skull, and when they sleep on their back every night, their head can develop a flat spot where it presses against the mattress. In many cases, even a serious-looking flat area will round out on its own as a baby starts crawling and sitting up. But to be safe, get a referral to a pediatric neurosurgeon or craniofacial specialist, who can determine whether your baby's situation is severe enough to warrant treatment.
If your baby's case isn't severe, the doctor will probably tell you to try several things at home, such as making sure your child spends plenty of time on his tummy (while supervised and awake) to strengthen his neck muscles. This will allow him to move his head around more during sleep, so it doesn't always rest in the same position.
If your child's plagiocephaly is severe, he may have to wear a special custom-fitted headband (called a cranial orthotic) for a few months to correct the shape of his skull. The success rates for this kind of therapy are high when it's started early, so get the referral as soon as you notice flattening.
Why does my baby have a bald spot?
Babies who tend to keep their head in the same position, rub it against the mattress, or bang it against the side of their crib may develop a bald spot. Don’t worry, new hair will grow in as your baby gets bigger and replaces old habits with new, exciting behaviors. Hair loss can happen for other reasons: Babies born with lots of hair often lose it as hormone levels drop. Other causes of hair loss – such as ringworm or the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata – are very rare for a baby younger than 6 months.
When will my baby's hair grow in?
This is hard to predict. Most babies will have two separate crops of hair before their first birthday, but the timing for hair loss and regrowth varies greatly. Some babies have new hair grow in soon after the old is lost, while for others it seems to take longer. The color and texture of this new hair may be significantly different from the hair your baby was born with.
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