Milestones – 2 Months

Your baby at 2 months

At 2 months, your child is wide-eyed and watching, smiling at faces, and engaging with everything around them. Babies at this age are social and love to interact. Their neck muscles are growing stronger and they can hold their heads erect for a period of time. They can identify and understand the tone, emotions and comfort in your voice.

What your baby is learning now

While babies may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones your baby may reach in this age group:

  • Moves arms and kicks
  • Lifts head when on stomach
  • Reacts to noises
  • Sees best from 8-10 inches away
  • Makes sounds
  • Begins to smile at people

What your baby is learning next

  • Coos and begins to imitate sounds
  • Crying become more purposeful and is different for hunger, fatigue and other needs
  • Sleeps for longer stretches of time
  • Smiles at faces
  • Pulls at clothes
  • Bats or hits at toys
  • Watches objects as they move

What you can do to encourage your baby’s development

  • Sing together.
  • Talk and smile while looking at your baby’s face.
  • Talk to your baby with a soothing, animated voice throughout the day while dressing, bathing, feeding or playing with your baby.
  • Let your baby hear different sounds.
  • Vary the sound of your voice.
  • Slowly move objects for your baby to watch.
  • Look into a mirror with your baby.

Games and activities

  • Cozy blanket for cuddling while awake
  • Music boxes or soft music
  • Plastic links or rattles
  • Reading books out loud
  • Encouraging tummy time while awake

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