Pip’s Tips: 2 Months Old

These next 2 months are all about reinforcement. We’re still working on getting your baby to sleep for 12 ours at night — uninterrupted!

The first month was feeding on demand and adjusting to life with your new baby. The second month was all about building a foundation so your baby can gradually learn to sleep for longer stretches at night.

For months 3 and 4, my “rules” are the same as those for 1-month olds:

  • We still want to put the baby to bed with eyes open
  • We still want the baby sleeping in his or her own room in their crib
  • Baby’s bedtime is still 6:30p-7:00p
  • Daytime naps are still no longer than 2 hours each
  • And we still want to keep baby awake for the last 2 hours before bedtime

As your baby gains weight and gets used to sleeping in the crib, he/she will start sleeping for longer stretches. If they’re sleeping for 6 hours and then only for 2-3 hours at a time, then you are probably not putting the baby to bed early enough. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true. Babies need lots of sleep!

These next two months are also usually when you can get rid of the swaddle swaddle. Most babies will start breaking out of them by 3 or 4 months old, so just let them go!

Watch the video for a detailed explanation on these tips.

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1 thought on “Pip’s Tips: 2 Months Old”

  1. Hi Dr. Pip, you were our pediatrician 4 years ago when we had our first daughter. You were a lifesaver. We followed your steps and I was not a crazed mother of a new born child. I felt refreshed in the morning and our daughter slept 12 hours straight during her third month of life. For the last 4 years, she’s been a great sleeper and a pretty calm child because she does get rest. I’ve recommended you to our close friends and they’ve experienced the same results following your plan. We’ve moved from Atlanta and are expecting our second child. I’m so glad that I don’t have to dig for my handwritten Pip’s tips! THANK YOU for sharing with the world for FREE! You’re awesome.

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