Your Baby at 2 Months

What Most Babies Do at this Age:

Social/Emotional

  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm him/herself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
  • Tries to look at parent

Language/Communication

  • Coos, makes gurgling sounds
  • Turns head toward sounds

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Pays attention to faces
  • Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
  • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change

Movement/Physical Development

  • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
  • Makes smoother movements with arms and leg

The Milestone Child Development Chart is shown Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

What You Can Do for Your Two-Month-Old

  • Cuddle, talk, and play with your baby during feeding, dressing and bathing
  • Help your baby to learn to calm him/herself. It’s okay for him/her to suck on his/her fingers.
  • Begin to help your baby get into a routine, such as sleeping at night more than in the day, and have regular schedules.
  • Getting in tune with your baby’s likes and dislikes can help you feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Act excited and smile when your baby makes sounds.
  • Copy your baby’s sounds sometimes, but also use clear language.
  • Pay attention to your baby’s different cries so that you learn to know what he/she wants.
  • Talk, read and sing to your baby.
  • Play peek-a-boo. Help your baby play peek-a-boo, too.
  • Place a baby-safe mirror in your baby’s crib so he/she can look at him/herself.
  • Look at pictures with your baby and talk about them.
  • Lay your baby on his/her tummy when he/she is awake and put toys near him/her.
  • Encourage your baby to lift his/her head by holding toys at eye level in front of him/her.
  • Hold a toy or rattle above your baby’s head and encourage him/her to reach for it.
  • Hold your baby upright with his/her feet on the floor. Sing or talk to your baby as he/she is upright.