Pregnancy week by week



2 month old


Gradually over the past few weeks, your newborn has become more used to the outside world and to moving around freely outside of the limited space of the womb. Your baby
will turn towards a bright light or focus on a face that's held close to his, and will stop to listen to loud or prolonged noises. Your baby should be able to lift her head a little during his tummy time and moving his arms and legs around, uncurling them from the scrunched-up position he was born in. You may also notice his making the beginnings of conversation this month, in the form of coos and gurgles .Your newborn may be smiling by the end of this month. Here are some other milestones to look out for:

Social and Emotional development
  • Begins to smile at people

  • Cries become distinctive (wet, hungry, etc)

  • Responds to familiar voices

  • Smiles in response to face, voice

 Language and Communication skills
  • Coos, makes gurgling sounds

  • Turns head towards sounds

 Cognitive skills
  • Pays attention to faces

  • Begins to follow moving person and recognizes people at a distance

  • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change

  • Studies his hand

  • Enjoys visual stimulation

  • Start to associate crying with need fulfilment.

 Physical development
  • Can hold head up intermittently and begins to push up when lying on tummy

  • Tracks dangling object from side to point beyond midline (90 degrees)

  • Have begun to uncurl hands and relax muscles

  • Several newborn reflexes, such as stepping reflex, grasp reflex begin to disappear.

Developmental watch
  • Doesn’t respond to loud sounds

  • Doesn’t bring hands to mouth

  • Can’t hold head up when pushing up when on tummy

  • Doesn’t watch things as they move

Recommended activities
  • Your touch is healing. Research suggests that infant massage may boost weight gain, immune function, and muscle development, and ease colic and tummy aches. Do a lot of hugging, holding, caressing and kissing.

  • Your baby will be fascinated with bright coloured objects such as a toy mobile.

  • Imitating your baby’s sounds and expressions is a fun way to communicate.

  • Take your baby for rides in the car or walks in the neighbourhood
Babies grow and develop at different rates. The information above is offered as a guide. There is no need to expect your baby's development to fit with all the above descriptions. If you’re at all worried about your baby's development, it is best to speak with your doctor. 

Developmental milestones 2 to 4 months 



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