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Your Baby at 2 Months


How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are the things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 2 months and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Developmental Milestones - 2 Months

What Most Babies Do at This Age:

Social / Emotional

  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
  • Tries to look at parent

Language / Communication

  • play small buttonCoos, makes gurgling sounds
  • play small buttonTurns head toward sounds

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Pays attention to faces
  • Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
  • play small buttonBegins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change

Movement / Physical Development

  • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
  • play small buttonMakes smoother movements with arms and legs



Act Early by Talking to Your Child’s Doctor if Your Child:



  • Doesn’t respond to loud sounds
  • Doesn’t watch things as they move
  • Doesn’t smile at people
  • Doesn’t bring hands to mouth
  • Can’t hold head up when pushing up while on tummy

Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age. For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/concerned or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).



Help Your Baby Learn and Grow 

What You Can Do for Your 2-Month-Old

You can help your baby learn and grow. Talk, read, sing and play together every day. Below are some activities to enjoy with your 2-month-old baby today.


  • Cuddle, talk and play with your baby during feeding, dressing and bathing.
  • Help your baby learn to calm herself. It’s okay for her to suck on her fingers.
  • Begin to help your baby get into a routine, such as sleeping at night more than in the day, and have regular schedules.
  • Get in tune with your baby’s likes and dislikes to help you feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Act excited and smile when your baby makes sounds.
  • Copy your baby’s sounds sometimes, but also use clear language.
  • Pay attention to your baby’s different cries so that you learn to know what he wants.
  • Talk, read and sing to your baby.
  • Play peek-a-boo. Help your baby play peek-a-boo, too.
  • Place a baby-safe mirror in your baby’s crib so she can look at herself.
  • Look at pictures with your baby and talk about them.
  • Lay your baby on his tummy when he is awake and put toys near him.
  • Encourage your baby to lift his head by holding toys at eye level in front of him.
  • Hold a toy or rattle above your baby’s head and encourage her to reach for it.
  • Hold your baby upright with his feet on the floor. Sing or talk to your baby as he is upright.


Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

For more resources and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call 1.800.CDC-INFO (232-4636). 

Or Visit the CDC's Website

Content provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. The milestone checklist is not a substitute for a standardized, validated developmental screening tool.

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