In the first two months of life, a baby’s vision, which was nearly invisible at birth, is developing rapidly. It is a very important process, so new mothers and fathers should have the right information and knowledge.
In this article, we will also explain the postpartum body of the mother.
Visibility of Mom and Dad
Newborn babies’ eyesight is very weak and they cannot distinguish colors. However, their eyesight and ability to identify colors grow at an amazing speed.
Around 2 months of age, they can recognize when mom or dad brings their face close to theirs and can distinguish distinct colors such as red, yellow, and green. They can also respond to toys and other objects by looking them in the eye. It is also during this period that they begin to look into your child’s eyes and smile when you look into theirs.
As their eyesight develops and they gradually become able to communicate with mom and dad, they will have a much wider range of playtime than before.
Around the age of 2 months, when visual skills have developed dramatically, babies will be delighted if you move clearly colored toys in front of them or show them a baby book with swirls and circular patterns. Going for a walk on a sunny day can also be stimulating.
Vocal cooing with vowels
Cooing appears around 2 months of age. Cooing refers to vocalizations using vowels such as “ah” and “uh” that has no clear meaning. They become more active when they are in a good mood or when they want something done to them.
Cooing is the first step toward acquiring language, and it is believed to be effective in training the vocal cords, diaphragm, lips, and other organs necessary for vocalization.
Although cooing itself has no meaning, it is often uttered when the baby is in a good mood, so be sure to respond when the baby coos. When mom or dad responds, more cooing is often the result.
Respond to cooing, and the baby will coo back. This is the first step in “playing catch-up” with words. It is also a way to build trust with your baby.
However, not all babies will coo. Some babies may start babbling without cooing, which consists of multi-syllables such as “mama”. There is no need to worry about the lack of cooing, but you should try to actively talk to your baby and read books to him or her in order to communicate with him or her.
Things to be aware of in a mother’s body 2 months postpartum
Even if the one-month checkup shows “no abnormalities,” a mother’s body has not yet fully recovered from the damage caused by pregnancy and childbirth. When you are busy with childcare and housework, it is easy to put yourself off, but it is not uncommon for a postpartum strain to affect you later on in life. The following problems may become noticeable in the first two months postpartum.
Leakage of urine
During pregnancy, the enlarged uterus puts a strain on the muscles that support the pelvis (pelvic floor muscles), and the pelvis becomes distorted during childbirth. Therefore, after childbirth, urine leakage is more likely to occur when sneezing or straining the abdomen while carrying the baby.
To improve urine leakage, it is important to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and correct the distortion of the pelvis. There are various exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, but one that is easy to do even after childbirth is to repeat the following: “Put pressure on the anus and hold for 10 seconds, relax, and then put pressure on the anus again. You can do the exercises while sitting or lying down, so you can do them in any spare time you have. If you suffer from urine leakage, please give it a try.
Lower back pain
The pelvis, which has become distorted during childbirth, will gradually return to its original state, but constant nursing and carrying in unnatural postures can cause back pain. We recommend the use of a girdle to support the pelvis, especially if you have suffered from back pain during pregnancy.
To fix the distorted pelvis to its pre-pregnancy state, stretching and exercises to strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles are recommended.
Mood is unstable
Mood swings are one of the most common postpartum problems. You may feel depressed, sad, or irritable over trivial things for no reason. These symptoms are due to changes in the hormonal balance after childbirth and are called “maternity blue.”
In most cases, they improve spontaneously by 2 to 3 weeks postpartum, but those who are still prone to mood swings after 2 months postpartum may be suffering from “postpartum depression”. Postpartum depression can often interfere with childcare and daily life if not treated appropriately. If it persists for a prolonged period of time, it is recommended to consult with an obstetrician or psychosomatic medicine specialist.
When your baby is 2 months old, they will react differently than before you may find it very interesting and fun to spend time with your baby. Pay attention to them and enjoy the precious time.