So your 2-month-old baby has been eating less than usual and you’re starting to worry. A 2-month-old baby eating less than usual is a common problem as babies become more aware of their surroundings. They start taking in all the new sights and sounds around them. Fortunately, there are many easy things to try that could help your 2-month-old baby eat more.
Why Babies Eat Less Than Usual
After Coughing and Sneezing
When your 2-month-old baby has been coughing and sneezing and barely eating anything for 3 or more days in a row, then something may be wrong with your baby’s digestive system and your baby may have an illness. This is very serious; 2 months are actually at higher risk for dehydration especially when 2-month-olds are sick and won’t eat much at all. Dehydration can be life-threatening to babies so please call your pediatrician immediately if you notice that your baby has been coughing and sneezing for several days in a row and not eating much.
A 2-month-old baby eating less than usual while traveling is very common. Babies can get easily distracted by all the new sights and sounds of traveling. They forget to pay attention to their hunger cues.
Sick or Tired
Babies of 2 months old eat less than usual when sick. This is because they’re probably paying more attention to what they are feeling than worrying about their hunger. It’s also normal for babies this young to lose their appetite after waking up from sleeping. Babies of this age take 2-hour-long naps during the day then 2-month-olds just aren’t that hungry.
Not Getting Enough Daylight
Baby eating less than usual may be getting less amount of sunlight each day. However, if a 2-month-old baby is still waking up too early to eat, then they may be having trouble telling if they are hungry or tired. This means that you should wait until after you’ve given your 2-month-old a chance to play for an hour before offering her food even if it’s nighttime. You also need to make sure that your 2-month-old baby has at least 2 or 3 hours of sunlight each day so 2-month-olds get used to eating when awake.
Babies eat less when teething because they feel more pain. They lose lots of salivae which makes it harder for them to swallow food. During teething, they bite down on their fingers, toes, or hands more often. That’s why you’ll need to help your baby more to nsure that others in the house would understand not to tease. Also, there should be no small objects within reach.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Babies usually eat less when they don’t have enough sleep. Babies need lots and lots of sleep but it does happen. When this happens, your 2-month-old baby may miss out on enough daytime rest which makes it hard for them to stay up much past 7 PM. Even if a 2-month-old is wide awake at 6 PM, babies need 12-14 hours of sleep each day.
They should be getting at least 15 hours of sleep every day. Babies not eating at night time might be serious. 2-month-old babies will usually eat more if given some extra time to rest during the day and also if they are allowed to take short (10 minutes) afternoon naps. This means that 2-month-olds who are just too tired to eat are likely to fall back asleep after being awake for only 10 minutes.
You may also want to read, “Do babies sleep more when teething?“
Babies may eat less than usual during warm weather. This is because they lose lots of water on their skin even if they are fully hydrated. They lose their appetite easily and start to get irritated. This means that 2-month-olds need to drink more to compensate for lost fluids. Babies should always wear a hat outdoors when it’s warmer than 70 degrees.
8 Simple Ways To Make Your baby Eat More
Breast milk contains important nutrients that your baby needs to grow properly. It may also be easier for 2-month-olds to digest than formula or solid foods. If you bottle-feed, you might consider switching back over to breastfeeding as it may encourage your 2-month-old baby to eat more.
2. Time to Eat
As babies grow, they get better at coordinating the muscles needed for eating. However, this process takes time and 2-month-olds are still getting used to it. This means they may need more time to finish a feeding. Therefore, a 2-month-old baby eating less should be no reason for concern if you feel that your 2-month-old baby is actually still hungry after a feeding session.
3. Start Mixing Formula with Breast Milk or Solid Foods
If your 2-month-old baby isn’t drinking much formula but does seem hungry after breastfeeding, then try mixing some formula into breast milk or start to give solid foods in addition to breast milk. This will help your baby to eat more without having to switch over completely to formula. Baby eating food may help them feel fuller after breastfeeding.
4. Offer Nutritious Foods
2-month-olds babies need high-calorie foods that are nutritious. However, ensure that it is also simple for them to digest without getting an upset stomach since 2-month-olds usually get their tummies upset easily.
5. Try Some Gentle Foods Like Avocado, Banana, or Butternut Squash
Banana and butternut squash can be mashed with or instead of breast milk while avocados can be offered as a puree mixed in with breast milk or healthy fats like olive oil. 2-month-old babies should not eat citrus fruits and avocado is the best replacement because it has similar properties and 2-month-old babies can digest it easily.
6. Try Some Solid Foods 2-Month-Olds Can Handle
2-month-olds overall don’t eat much solid food. But if your 2-month-old baby is eating less than usual, you might want to introduce some solid foods. Make sure that they can handle it like mashed veggies or ground-up meats. Babies need pureed foods so just mash or grind whatever non-citrus fruits or vegetables you’re offering then your baby will do the rest of the work.
7. Stop Baby From Eating Too Much
If your 2-month-old is eating solid food, you might have to start regulating how much they eat so they don’t gain too much weight too soon. This can make them feel overly full and discourage them from eating more. You can do this by using a small plate or bowl for feeding times filling it halfway with the food you’re offering.
8. Consult Pediatrician
If your 2-month-old baby eating less than usual for a longer period of time, it is better to consult your pediatrician right away. This is to diagnose if something is going on in your baby’s body.
Finally, we’ve come to the end of the article. There are lots of reasons why a 2-month-old baby is eating less than usual and understanding these reasons will help us take care of our baby properly. There are also many ways to make your baby eat more.
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