At the two-month mark, you may begin to notice your baby’s unique personality springing to life. Your baby is becoming more physically active, and his or her five senses are developing rapidly, making it easier for your child to engage with the world. All children develop according to a slightly different trajectory, but knowing the developmental milestones your child will likely reach by the end of his or her second month can help you plan your activities and detect problems early.
- Your baby’s eye sight is improving, and she may begin tracking things with her eyes.
- The movements your baby makes with his arms and legs will be smoother and more coordinated.
- She may begin pushing up when she has tummy time.
- Your baby can hold his head up for brief periods of time, but will still continue to need head support.
- Your baby likely discovered her hands around the end of her first month, but is now intensely fascinated by her hands and feet, and may bring them as close to her eyes as she can.
- Your baby may begin briefly soothing himself by sucking his thumb or a pacifier.
- She will seek eye contact, and turn her head toward faces.
- May begin to smile at people.
- Your baby may begin to cry out of boredom, particularly when he is forced to sit for long periods of time.
- Your baby is becoming more interested in observing the surrounding world, and will turn his head toward novel sounds.
- Your baby may begin gurgling or cooing, and will soon gurgle or coo in response when you talk to her.
- Your baby can now see people and objects that are 18 inches away or less, and his hearing is improving. He now regularly listens for the sound of your voice, and may even stop crying when he hears you talk.
How You Can Help
Even though your baby can’t yet talk, he or she is still observing everything that goes on in the surrounding world. Studies show that babies exposed to a wide variety of information at an early age develop more brain cells and talk earlier. To help your child develop her intellectual, social, and physical skills, try the following:
- Give your baby at least three 10-minute “tummy time” sessions per day.
- Respond quickly when your baby cries, and don’t leave him or her to cry alone.
- Read to your baby. You don’t have to read the words in the book; instead, simply showing her books and pointing to pictures can help your baby begin to develop a love of learning.
- Talk to your baby as much as possible. Babies whose parents talk to them all day talk earlier and have bigger and better vocabularies.