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In baby’s 2nd month, exciting developmental steps are ahead: Your child can see and smell better and better and discovers the calming effect of sucking. In the second month, your baby also tries to lift its head for the first time.
The grasping reflex gradually recedes and the little hands open. In the following, you will learn more about the development of your offspring.
Baby 2 Months: Milestones In Physical Development
When can babies see? When can babies grasp? Parents often ask themselves these and many other questions when their baby turns 2 months. In the second month, a lot happens in the area of physical development.
He or she grows around three to four centimeters, sets new weight records and now wears a baby clothes size of 56 to 62. Find out how motor skills, reflexes and senses develop in the 2nd month.
The Development Of Reflexes And Motor Skills
Your offspring is born with early childhood reflexes. These include the grasping reflex, for example. This means that your baby’s fingers and toes close when touched. These innate motor reflexes serve as self-protection and ensure survival.
When your baby turns 2 months old, the grasping reflex slowly recedes and makes room for more coordinated movements. By the end of the 2nd month, your baby has already opened his hands completely. He no longer puts his whole hand in his mouth, but also individual fingers.
When your baby turns 2 months, he or she tries to consciously reach for things for the first time – for a short time, he or she also manages to hold onto light objects. Gradually, your child starts to become more aware of his body.
Your offspring brings his hands together for the first time – but this is a rather random movement. At this age, babies become more active: they kick and row with their arms.
Another milestone in the baby’s physical development is the first lifting of the head. He is now able to control his head a little. If you put him in an upright position, he will be able to hold his head by himself for a short time. In the prone position, your child will even manage to lift its head briefly.
However, this is quite an effort for your baby, which you can easily see from his strained facial expression. It will take some time for your baby to gain full control over his head.
You can support him on his way to head control by placing a rolled up towel in a U-shape under his arms. The chest should rest on the towel.
How Babies’ Senses Develop At 2 Months Of Age
When babies can start to see is a particularly exciting question for all parents. Your baby can already see in the womb. However, when your baby is born, his or her vision is still relatively blurred. The sense of sight develops only gradually.
When your baby turns 2 months, he or she will squint and cross his or her eyes – but this is a completely normal development in babies. Objects and faces are still perceived as blurry and must be fixed at a distance of 25 to 30 centimeters to see them properly.
In the second month, vision becomes more pronounced and your offspring learns to distinguish between faces and to follow moving objects with his eyes.
When your baby turns 2 months, the sense of hearing is already fully developed. It is possible that your child is particularly sensitive to noise at this stage. Therefore, provide a quiet atmosphere and avoid background noise such as radio or television.
Talk to your baby yourself, because he or she prefers your familiar voice. Your offspring will now begin to make sounds themselves and listen with fascination. Babies love sweet smells like bananas or vanilla and are imprinted on your scent and the taste of breast milk from birth.
Your baby loves the familiar scent of his caregivers – so you shouldn’t cover it up with artificial scents. When your baby turns 2 months, he will find that sucking on the breast not only fills him up but also has a calming effect. Therefore, at two months, your baby will not only suck on the breast but also on his own hands and objects.
Baby At 2 Months: Milestones In Mental Development
When your baby turns 10 weeks old, he is officially no longer a newborn and has already made a lot of progress in his mental development. You can now look forward to the first conscious smile and babbling dialogues. Learn more about emotional and social development as your baby turns 2 months.
How Emotions Are Developed
Your offspring is becoming more active and wants to explore the world with you. It needs to be close to you to experience security. When your baby turns 2 months, he is already able to experience and show joy.
Even if he cannot yet interpret facial expressions, your child already prefers to look at a happy face rather than an angry one. Finally, a blissful moment happens for every parent: the little one smiles back consciously. In the following weeks, it will give you joyful moments with its chuckles, giggles and loud laughter.
Baby’s Development: Social And Communicative Skills
You are your baby’s role model and he can learn a lot from you. It will tirelessly observe your reactions. Therefore, the exchange is particularly important for the development of the baby. Your offspring is already in the middle of the first babbling phase, which is important for later speech development.
It makes babbling noises and expresses itself for the first time in a way other than crying. Through eye contact and babbling, it tries to engage you in a dialogue. Smile and babble back to make your baby extra happy.
The Sleeping Rhythm Of A Baby At 2 Months Of Age
Very few babies sleep through the night in their second month of life. However, your baby’s sleep periods can become noticeably longer in the second month. Your baby is becoming more active in exploring his or her environment, using about 10 waking hours a day.
When your baby turns 2 months, he needs two to four sleep periods per day. When choosing a place to sleep, you should continue to consider your baby’s safety. He now makes stronger movements and therefore the sleeping surface should always be secured.
This Is How You Can Encourage Your Child In A Playful Way
When your baby turns 2 months, he moves diligently and goes through many important developmental steps. In and of itself, babies learn many things all by themselves. However, you can support the baby’s development in a meaningful way by encouraging it through play.
Use your fingers or a hand puppet and climb the different parts of your baby’s body. There are matching nursery rhymes and songs that will bring a smile to your baby’s face.
Making Sounds With Household Objects
Babies are initially frightened by loud noises. But as your baby turns 2 months, he or she develops a taste for unexpected noises. Whether it’s crackling, squeaking, or rattling, making sounds with household items like baking paper or cellophane will help develop the baby’s sense of hearing and development. You can also put some rice in a sealable Tupperware container and use it to make sounds.
As your baby turns 10 weeks old, tickle games and fun verses are especially popular. “A little snail crawls around the corner” is great for this.
The Visit To The Pediatrician
During the first few weeks after birth, checkups are done at the clinic. Finally, between the fourth and fifth week of life, the first appointment with the pediatrician is scheduled: the U3 screening examination. In the second month, many babies still have an immature digestive system.
This can lead to digestive problems, abdominal pain or three-month colic.
Development In The Baby In The 2nd Month: An Overview
- The grasping reflex gradually recedes.
- The hands slowly open.
- Body awareness improves.
- Your baby becomes more active.
- The first lifting of the head is imminent.
- The ability to see improves.
- Your baby learns to distinguish between faces.
- Your offspring discovers the calming effect of sucking.
- The first conscious smile is imminent.
- Your child tries to engage you in first dialogues.
- At this age, your baby needs 2 to 4 sleeps a day.