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Your 2-month old’s development

By Susan Smigielski Acker

It is hard to believe that a baby at just two months old will have milestones. I remember when both of my daughters, Julia now age 9 and Charlotte, 11, started their milestones.

One area we enjoyed the most was the social development of our daughters.

According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at two months old a baby should begin to smile at people and try to look at their parents.

The first time our oldest gave us a long hard look, her face showed a bit of confusion as if she were thinking -I know I should know these people. It gave us a sense of warmth and joy.

They can also briefly calm themselves. Many times a baby may put their fist in their mouth to suck on their hand. This is why we tried to keep people, even relatives from touching their hands. Some seemed a bit put off by this, until we explained why.

While it is hard to believe, language is beginning to develop at this age. A baby can coo, makes gurgling sounds and will turn their head toward sounds according to information provided by the CDC.

This is a great time to get older siblings involved. The first time Julia turned her head to Charlotte’s voice, Charlotte was thrilled. However, we had to stop Charlotte from moving herself from side to side to get Julia to continuously turn her head.

Cognitive skills are also being developed. For instance a baby begins to follow things with eyes. This was another opportunity for Charlotte to interact with her new sister. She would take different toys, say what it was to Julia and then move it around for Julia to follow.

Babies are also able recognize people at a distance.

And it hard to believe a baby can be bored. But if an activity doesn’t change, they might become fussy.

Finally, physically a baby can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy. While it is recommended that a baby be put to sleep on their back, putting them on their tummy while awake is a great way to get them strong. For both our daughters, we put them on a colorful quilt with lots of patterns. They would push themselves up to look at the different shapes, even try to touch them.

This is also a time that a baby will make smoother movements with arms and legs.

Rejoice in these small movements with your camera and with friends.


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