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Child's Routine Checkup, 2 Months: Care Instructions


Raising a baby is a big job, but you can have fun at the same time that you help your baby grow and learn. Show your baby new and interesting things. Carry your baby around the room and point out pictures on the wall. Tell your baby what the pictures are. Go outside for walks. Talk about the things you see.

At two months, your baby may smile back when you smile and may respond to certain voices that are familiar. Your baby may coo, gurgle, and sigh. When lying on their tummy, your baby may push up with their arms.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • Hold, talk, and sing to your baby often.
  • Never leave your baby alone.
  • Never shake or spank your baby. This can cause serious injury and even death.
  • Keep babies younger than 12 months out of the sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use sunglasses, a hat, and clothing to protect your child's skin. Do not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old.
  • For every ride in a car, secure your child into a properly installed car seat or booster seat that meets all current safety standards and laws. Use a car seat or booster that is made for their height and weight.


  • When your baby gets sleepy, put them in the crib. Some babies cry before falling to sleep. A little fussing for 10 to 15 minutes is okay.
  • Do not let your baby sleep for more than 3 hours in a row during the day. Long naps can upset your baby's sleep during the night.
  • Help your baby spend more time awake during the day by playing with your baby in the afternoon and early evening.
  • Feed your baby right before bedtime.
  • Make middle-of-the-night feedings short and quiet. Leave the lights off and do not talk or play with your baby.
  • Do not change your baby's diaper during the night unless it is dirty or your baby has a diaper rash.
  • Put your baby to sleep in a crib, cradle, or bassinet that meets current Canadian safety regulations. Your baby should not sleep in your bed.
  • Put your baby to sleep on their back, not on the side or tummy. Use a firm, flat mattress. Do not put your baby to sleep on soft surfaces, such as quilts, blankets, pillows, or comforters, which can bunch up around your baby's face.
  • Do not smoke or let your baby be near smoke. Smoking increases the chance of crib death (SIDS). If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about stop-smoking programs and medicines. These can increase your chances of quitting for good.
  • Do not let the room where your baby sleeps get too warm.


  • Try to feed your baby only breast milk during the first six months of life. Continue breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond. Consider these ideas:
    • Take as much family leave as you can to have more time with your baby.
    • Nurse your baby once or more during the work day if your baby is nearby.
    • If you can, work at home, reduce your hours to part-time, or try a flexible schedule so you can nurse your baby.
    • Breastfeed before you go to work and when you get home.
    • Pump your breast milk at work in a private area, such as a lactation room or a private office. Refrigerate the milk or use a small cooler and ice packs to keep the milk cold until you get home.
    • Choose a caregiver who will work with you so you can keep breastfeeding your baby.


  • Most babies get important vaccines at their 2-month checkup. Make sure that your baby gets the recommended childhood vaccines for illnesses, such as whooping cough and diphtheria. These vaccines will help keep your baby healthy and prevent the spread of disease.

When should you call for help?

Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:

  • You are concerned that your baby is not getting enough to eat or is not developing normally.
  • Your baby seems sick.
  • Your baby has a fever.
  • You need more information about how to care for your baby, or you have questions or concerns.

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