Child Developmental Milestone Guide
- 2 Month Old -

At two months, babies are just starting to figure themselves out. A two-month-old has probably learned a couple of different ways to communicate besides crying, and may just be beginning to develop in the area of gross motor control (that is, larger muscle movements). Building on the frame of references established in the first month of life, many two-month-old babies are able to make some simple associations between events they experience.

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Physical Development

Along with continuing to outgrow his newborn clothing, your two-month-old is starting to develop a little bit of control over his major muscle groups. Most of the movement you’ve seen before now has been based on reflex and instinct, but after two months, your baby may be starting to move with a little more purpose.

Gross Motor Skills

As her muscles develop, so does your baby’s control over them. She’s able to indicate excitement now by wiggling her arms and legs. If she was wiggly before now, it was either random movement or an automatic response to stimulus, like discomfort.

Cognitive Development

As your baby’s brain develops through his second month outside the womb, and as his senses take in more and more of the world around him, he begins to form concrete connections and associations. These first mental pathways form the basis for his understanding of reality.

Thinking & Problem Solving

As your baby’s brain develops through his second month outside the womb, and as his senses take in more and more of the world around him, he begins to form concrete connections and associations. These first mental pathways form the basis for his understanding of reality.

Social & Emotional Development

After two months of just absorbing and processing information – just receiving rather than interacting with you, your baby is finally starting to become a little more interactive. This is a time new parents universally look forward to – concrete displays of personality are starting to shine through the seemingly random noises and facial expressions your little one has been exhibiting until now.

Listening & Communicaton Skills

The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! Your baby is or will soon be smiling at you! You’ve seen him smile before now, but in all likelihood he’s either been grinning involuntarily from relief after passing gas or he’s been mimicking your own smile, learning the expression and slowly associating it with its social meaning. Now he’s learning what a smile means and that it will make you happy too! He’s also started to make cute little cooing noises at you – his version of talking. Encourage these new interactive behaviors as often as possible.

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