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Your Child's Development: 2 Months

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
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Your baby develops from head to toe — and in that order. That's why babies can hold their heads up before they learn to walk, and can push up on their elbows before pushing up with their hands. Keeping this in mind can help you know which developmental steps to expect next.

Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some babies gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely may reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby's progress.

Here are some new skills your baby may have this month:

Communication and Language Skills

  • gurgles and coos (says "ooh" and "ah")
  • smiles in response to being talked to, played with, or smiled at
  • turns their attention to whoever is speaking

Movement and Physical Development 

  • when on their belly, can lift their head and chest
  • can hold head steady when held in a sitting position
  • newborn reflexes start to go away, like the moro (startle) reflex and tonic reflex (fencer's pose)
  • opens and closes hands

Social and Emotional Development

  • self=comforts, maybe by putting a fist in their mouth
  • makes an effort to look at parents when they're nearby
  • smiles when happy

Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)

  • lets you know by fussing or crying when a change of scenery or a new activity is needed
  • is alert to sounds
  • focuses on and tracks faces and objects from side to side

When Should I Call the Doctor?

You know your baby best. Share your concerns — even little ones — with your baby's doctor.

Tell the doctor if your baby does not:

  • notice or play with their hands
  • follow faces or things
  • respond to loud noises
  • move legs or hands together; for example, only kicks one leg or shakes one arm

If you ever notice that your baby had skills but has lost them or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: January 2021