When is your Baby No Longer a Newborn?
Although every baby is different, as a general rule, your child is no longer considered a newborn once they reach both the two-month and three-month mark. This can be a difficult milestone for parents to navigate, as it marks a major transition for the baby. It is now time for parents to start focusing on creating a routine for their child, as well as considering developmental activities, such as tummy time.
Signs that your Baby is No Longer a Newborn
Here are some key signs that your baby is no longer a newborn:
- Motor development: Babies at this stage will start to become more active and begin to lift their head and neck when placed on their tummies. They may also be able to turn their head when lying on their back.
- Feeding: At this age, babies might no longer need to be fed every 2 to 3 hours, although they will still likely be hungry every few hours. Babies can usually take between 4 to 6 ounces at each feeding.
- Sleep: By two-months old, babies will usually be able to sleep for longer stretches of time, sometimes even up to 5 hours. As their sleep matures, they may also be able to sleep through the night for longer stretches.
Reaching this Milestone
Your baby no longer being a newborn marks both an exciting and a bittersweet time. On the one hand, your baby is growing and developing, which is always thrilling. However, it can also mean that they’re more prone to illness, teething, and other developmental issues. In spite of those concerns, it is important to take the time to appreciate your child’s many milestones.
Make sure you keep up with their developmental milestones, and make sure to get their immunizations on time. Overall, your baby reaching the two and three-month marks is a milestone that should be celebrated!