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Your Baby at 2 Months Old

Month To Month Baby Development

As a new parent, you're probably more comfortable knowing what your baby, at 2 months, needs and how to best comfort her. This month you will notice that your infant will begin taking more notice of his environment, as well as showing some emotions other than having an unmet need.

Baby Development Milestones To Watch For

  • Baby starts smiling. Typically between six and ten weeks of life, your baby will start smiling in response to you or your partner.

  • Baby starts observing more of her environment. Your baby, month by month, will take in and be able to process more and more attributes of the environment she's in. In addition, your infant will spend slightly longer stretches of awake/alert time.

  • Baby lifts her head up during tummy time. Your baby, at 2 months old, will start getting strong enough to lift his or her head up during your daily sessions of tummy time.

  • Baby shows you excitement! Around this time, your infant will start clearly expressing when he is excited by waving his arms and kicking his feet.

  • Baby begins cooing or babbling. Although mostly vowel sounds (aah, ooh) your child may begin exercising his or her vocal chords by cooing or babbling during play time.

How To Help Your Baby

  • Continue talking to your baby. Telling him or her what you're doing, what things you see in the room, and reading various books. While it may seem too early, babies begin the groundwork for learning to speak extremely young. Choose words and books that are short, and use different tones of voice to keep your baby's interest.

  • Start talking with your baby, not just at him or her. You can do this by asking a question and then pausing to give your baby time to process what you've said, and then make an expression or babble back to you. Month by month, baby will respond more and more.

  • Do tummy time every day. Many babies aren't a huge fan of being laid on their bellies, but tummy time is very important to help babies gain the strength to hold up their own heads, and is beneficial for future motor skills (rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking).

  • Encourage kicking with toys. Babies get great exercise (and build leg muscles) through kicking while laying down. Look for toys that are 'kick and play' types, meaning that they make noises when kicked, or light up over baby's head when he kicks his feet.

Common Concerns - Smiling

Don't be alarmed if your baby gets to their third month and isn't yet smiling. As with most developmental milestones, there is a very large range of 'normal.' Some infants will smile early (right from six weeks) and others won't show you their gummy grin until well into their third month. A later smiling baby is not less happy that one who smiles earlier. To encourage smiling, choose a time when baby is alert and interested in what's going on around him or her. Make silly faces, sing songs, and smile at your baby often. One thing is certain, by six months your baby will be smiling very happily at all of her favorite people.

New Parent Help: "What do I say to my baby?"

It may seem pointless or silly to talk to a baby who can't talk (or even coo!) back yet, but it's important for early speech development. But what do you say? Many parents find it easy to give baby a constant commentary of what they're doing. While you're dressing your son or daughter, tell them what they'll be wearing, what colors or designs are on the clothing, that you're pulling an arm through the sleeve, etc. When changing baby's diaper, talk him or her through your process. Some parents make up silly songs to sing during common routines (getting dressed, changing diapers, taking a bath, getting ready for bed). As a bonus, if you keep singing the same songs, over time, your child may begin singing them with you.

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