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During the first two months of life, your sleepy newborn will transition into an alert and curious baby. Learn about the developmental baby milestones at 2 months and activities to help your baby develop and reach them!
Baby Milestones at 2 Months
During the first year of life, your baby a
Fine motor skills are movements that are required for small details (think feeding yourself or drawing). The development of fine motor skills involves the coordination of the muscles in your hands and fingers.
Alternatively, gross motor skills are larger movements and activities such as throwing or walking. Gross motor skills require the development of larger muscles in your legs and arms.
Also, during the first year of life, immense development occurs in the speech and language centers of the brain. Babies develop both receptive language (understanding) and expressive language (speaking) within 1 year.
The following are the typical developmental baby milestones at 2 months, along with some tips to encourage your baby to reach them.
Baby Milestones at 2 Months:
- First Smile
- Look at Parent or Caregiver
- Tracking Objects
Although we don’t typically picture 2-month-old babies as very social, they are learning how to respond to others by watching you. By two months of age, expect to see the first precious toothless smile! This is a moment sure to melt your heart!
Babies may start to smile in response to seeing their parents or hearing their name.
Babies also start to look at their parent or caregiver. They love to look at faces, but they have limited vision at this age. Make sure to get within 8-12 inches of their face so they can see you.
Also, by 2 months of age, babies will begin tracking or following objects with their eyes. They will observe close-hanging objects and objects that are moving slowly.
- cooing and gurgling sounds
- Turn head in response to noises
During the first two months of life, babies will begin cooing and making gurgling noises. These early noises are the foundation for language development. Babies are practicing using their vocal cords and finding their voice.
By two months, babies also will turn their head in response to noises. If you speak near a baby, they will turn their head to see where the noise is coming from.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills:
- Hold head up
- Push Self Up During Tummy Time
By 2 months, your baby will develop enough neck strength to hold their head up. Neck strength develops gradually over the first two months until they are able to completely control their neck.
Also, upper body strength begins to develop during the first two months. By two months old, your baby will be strong enough to push themselves up during tummy time.
By 2 months-old, your baby will start having longer stretches of awake time during the day. If you haven’t started establishing a routine, this is a good time to start planning out a 2-month-old schedule.
Also, I recommend starting to establish a bedtime routine at this point to help your baby sleep better for months to come.
Activities for Your 2-Month-Old Baby:
During the first two months of life, your baby is transitioning from spending the majority of the day sleeping, to becoming more alert and curious. Interact and play with your baby early on to help them develop and learn.
Make Silly Faces
2-month-olds love to look at faces, especially of people they are familiar with. As they watch your face, open and close your eyes, or stick out your tongue. They will be fascinated by these movements and will watch closely.
Also, as your baby approaches 2 months, they may smile back to you. Smile in their direction and you may receive a toothless grin in return.
Talk and Sing
Studies have found that in the womb, babies learn to recognize their parents’ voices. These familiar voices are very calming and comforting for babies. If your young baby is upset, try speaking or singing to them.
Also, speaking to your baby helps with the early stages of language development. Language development begins with receptive language (understanding what people are saying). The best way for babies to learn is to hear people talk.
Although they will not be speaking back to you any time soon, they are listening to your comforting voice and listening to different pitches and sounds. They may even coo in response to what you say.
Start reading to your babies as early as possible. Reading has been proven over and over again to be vital for language development. Additionally, reading helps develop social skills and bonding between parents and children.
Reading is also helpful in establishing a bedtime routine from the beginning. All new parents can agree that establishing good sleep habits is very important!
Good books for newborns are simple books with bright colors or black and white images and contrasting patterns. Since their vision is still developing, their eyes will be able to pick up these contrasting images.
Best books for 0-2 Month Olds:
Look, Look by Peter Linenthal
Hello Baby Faces by Roger Priddy
Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest by Lamaze
Although these books may hold your 2-month-old’s attention longer, any book will do. Reading anything is better than not reading at all.
Exploration Through Touch
Another activity for your young baby is playing through touch. Introduce your baby to different textures against their skin.
Let them touch a soft blanket or a wooden toy. These different textures are exciting learning experiences.
Also, wiggle your little one’s toes, tickle their belly, or hold their hands. Babies are still learning about their body parts and do not have good control over small movements.
They love being touched by their parents and will also learn about their body parts with this activity.
Another important activity for two-month
Place your baby on their stomachs on a flat, safe surface. Place them in front of a mirror or some toys to keep them busy and entertained.
You can start tummy time for short periods of time 2-3 times per day. Gradually increase the amount of time as your baby becomes stronger and more comfortable being on their tummy.
Activity mats with low hanging toys or mirrors will help make this more enjoyable.
Learn more about keeping your newborn happy during tummy time here.
Toys for 2-Month-Olds
Although babies will not be able to manipulate or move toys at this age, they are very curious and observant. They enjoy watching slow-moving or low-hanging toys.
Similarly to the books, look for toys with bright colors, black and white pictures, and contrasting patterns. Also, look for toys that have different textures.
Every experience is brand new to babies and the entire world around them is a learning experience. Introduce them to different textures and objects.
Additionally, mirrors are fun for young babies. They love looking at faces and at this age, they do not realize they are looking at themselves. Place your two-month-old in front of a mirror and watch them get a kick out of observing another baby.
Developmentally appropriate toys:
Activity Mats like this Skip Hop Mat are an ideal toy for the first 6 months of life. These provide a cushioned surface for tummy time, but also have low hanging toys for baby to look at while lying on their back.
Mirrors provide endless entertainment for newborns as well as older babies. This particular mirror props up on its own, so it’s a perfect tummy time companion. Set your baby up looking at this mirror to help them have fun during tummy time.
Although it looks simple, this Lamaze firefly provided our little one with entertainment for months! The backside of this firefly has black and white patterns which are ideal for young babies. In addition, it has a rattle, a small mirror, different textures, and a button to squeak! This is an all in one toy that is small and great to bring along in the diaper bag for on the go entertainment.
Rattles are fun toys for young babies because their grasp reflex is very strong from birth. Make sure to provide soft rattles though so they don’t accidentally hit themselves. Your little one will enjoy making sounds, even though it is not intentionally at this age.
2 Month Old Baby Milestones
Although it may feel like your baby spends all of their time sleeping and eating during the first two months, a tremendous amount of growth and learning occurs. In a blink of an eye, your newborn transitions into a curious infant who is beginning to explore the world around her.
It is important to know though that all babies develop at different speeds. If you are ever concerned about your baby’s development, speak with your pediatrician.
Early intervention for any potential problems has been proven to be effective in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to speak up.
For more tips on baby development, check out these posts on 4-month-olds and 6-month-olds. Also, you don’t want to miss this post on how to prepare for your well-baby check and questions you must ask your pediatrician.
Also, the CDC has a ton of information for new parents to reference. For those of you with older babies and toddlers, you may enjoy this post on teaching your toddler to talk.Earth Mama Postpartum Recovery Products
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