The first year of a newborn's life is one of the fastest in human development and it's amazing to marvel at your baby's development now that she has reached two months!
Now that you’ve had the pleasure of getting to know your baby a bit better and have probably started to get the hang of parenthood, you might notice your 2-month-old bub’s emerging personality and are more aware of her likes and dislikes.
So what changes has she gone through and what milestones should she be hitting at this stage?
Neck muscles and head control
Your 2-month-old is gaining more control over her body and can start to hold her head up a little steadier when she’s lying on her stomach for “tummy time” or when you’re holding her upright.
She might also begin to do cute little baby push-ups when she’s lying on her tummy and her leg and arm movements will be smoother, less jerky and slightly more coordinated.
Be extra careful during diaper changes, especially if your 2-month-old is on an elevated surface, as she will now be rolling around more, although she still won’t be able to roll onto her front just yet.
You may have noticed that your baby naturally has a grasping reflex, but it’s only now that she is beginning to figure out how to unclasp her little fists and maybe even attempt to wave her hands.
As your baby’s salivary glands start to work, she will be drooling more and leaving wet marks everywhere — but this doesn’t mean she is teething, as that usually occurs after 4 months.
As your baby can now see about 60cm from her face, she can also start to distinguish between different colours and will be drawn to bright primary colours or clear, bold designs and shapes.
Although she might have some difficulty distinguishing between similar tones like red and orange, you can show her toys, books and pictures that are black and white or have high-contrast patterns.
At 2 months, your little one will be able to tell the difference between voices she’s heard more frequently, such as yours and your partner’s, and she will become a better listener.
When your baby hears something, especially your voice, she will respond by turning her head towards the source of the sound.
She can also feel comforted by hearing familiar voices, which can help to soothe or calm her down when she is fussing — so the more you talk and sing to her, the more she will learn to recognise your voice.
You will notice that your 2-month-old now starts to pay attention to faces and will even recognise familiar people at a distance.
You can also start to introduce her to the concept of object permanence by playing a fun game of peek-a-boo.
Be prepared to have your heart melted when your baby flashes you her very first smile — and no, it’s not just gas this time!
You can encourage her to show you her adorable toothless grin by constantly smiling at her and by making silly faces.
Believe it or not, your tiny bub will actually start crying or fussing to show that she’s bored of a certain activity or if she feels understimulated.
So if you pick up on these cues, you can tend to her needs, play with her and just show her some love.
Although your 2-month-old mainly communicates by crying, you may start to hear a few gurgles, grunts and sweet coos at this stage.
It is important to talk your baby, even if she can’t talk back yet, this will encourage her to start forming her own first words and soon she will become quite the little chatterbox!
If you’re not sure what exactly to say to a 2-month-old, try these following tips:
- Hold conversations to teach your baby how to listen and respond — even if her replies are mainly coos, gurgles, nods or grins
- Speak slowly and clearly and allow your little one to study your mouth and tongue as you articulate your words
- Imitate the words that your baby says, even if it’s just “Ba ba” or “Na na”
- Even if you don’t understand the language of babies, just pretend that you do and respond to her
- Babies also communicate by using gestures, so you can imitate your bub’s gestures like clapping and waving
- Copy her facial expressions and smile when she smiles to reinforce communication
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