Your baby's growth: drooling time

Your baby

When your baby turns two months old he will produce a lot of saliva and many mothers relate this to his first teeth coming in. Not true, as it will be several weeks or months before his first teeth appear.

Baby's first tooth generally appears between four and seven months; in some cases starting at three months there will be slight shadow appearing on his lower gum, and is extreme cases you can see it when it comes through.

Baby drools constantly because he has to learn how to swallow his saliva; some mothers prefer to leave a bib on their baby to absorb the saliva. They should remove the bib at nap time to avoid choking.

The saliva produced by baby that he drools on his toys and other objects as part of his exploration helps to create a protective coating against bacteria and illnesses.

At two months and one week of age, baby will sleep for longer at a time, from five to six hours and between two to four intervals during the day, even when he continues to wake up at midnight. The pattern of his conduct during this period, either waking up very early, sleeplessness or sleeping a lot, can last throughout his infancy.

At this stage baby is probably going to learn to turn over by himself, roll over from his tummy or side to his back and vice versa; when he is on his tummy, he will be able to turn over onto his side or back. When he turns three months he will be able to turn over completely because he will have strong arms and muscles ready for this task.

Be careful when bathing baby and changing his diaper; he must never be left alone even for an instant on the bed or on any high surface where he could roll over and fall.

Time for parents to share
Even through they might not feel sexual desire during the first month or weeks after baby's arrival, it important that parents make time and find ways to share with each other, show their love and share intimacy.

Have conversations with your partner, communicate no matter how tired you might feel. Both parents go through changes and discussing them will bring them closer.

Despite the physical changes you are going through, and the fact that you might not be totally happy with your body, keep smiling – remember a smile is the best therapy for stress.

Make time for yourself and to be with your partner. You can leave baby for a couple of hours with a family member and go out to dinner or to the theater or movies. Believe it or not, you will be energized.

Be intimate with your partner, caress each other, kiss, share little kindnesses, remember that there is more to intimacy than the sexual act. Remember that you have made it through the most difficult times and that sooner or later you will get over the physical and emotional highs and lows.

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