Your Baby at 2 Months
What Most Babies Do at this Age:
- Begins to smile at people
- Can briefly calm him/herself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
- Tries to look at parent
- 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
- 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.