Your Baby at 2 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at two months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at her own pace.

Body Movement

  • Arm and leg movements become smoother, more rhythmical.
  • Reflexes gradually fade to be replaced by voluntary movement.
  • Lifts head a few moments when lying on tummy and extends legs.
  • Makes creeping motions on tummy and may scoot forward in crib until head is securely lodged against bumper pad. Needs time on tummy when awake to learn to like this position.
  • Makes bicycle movements with legs when lying on back.
  • Tries to hold head erect when sitting upright.
  • May begin to roll from back to side. May surprise himself by accidentally pushing over from tummy to back.

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Focuses clearly eight to ten feet away. Her eyes will follow you as you move from her.
  • Likes bright colors better than pastels.
  • Prefers to watch moving objects, like a black-and-white mobile.
  • Prefers patterns of increasing complexity with curved lines and shapes. Studies the interior pattern plus the outside edges.
  • Relaxes fist to open hands and fingers. Sometimes begins sucking and mouthing fingers and hands.
  • Quiets and stops sucking to study each person's face.
  • Attempts to push at a dangling toy. Holds a toy placed in her hand for a little longer than she did earlier.
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