Home / Baby / Baby Learn & Play Activities for a 2-month-old: Fostering baby’s development Routines create a foundation for learning how to love and developing good self-esteem as baby grows. By Motherly Editors Updated February 6, 2023 Twenty20 We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. In This Article Sensory activities for 2-month-old babies Developmental activities for 2-month-old babies Things to do with a 2-month-old Our favorite products for 2-month-olds Your life may still feel like a blur of feedings, diaper changes and short spurts of sleep with a 2-month-old. That new baby fog means you usually have no clue what day it is or why the car keys are in the fridge. But this month is the perfect time to actually start a loose routine. Having a basic schedule helps the day flow, which is good for you and baby. According to Tovah Klein, PhD, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive,” routines help even 2-month-olds anticipate what’s going to happen next. Predictability helps them feel safe, calm and trusting of parents and caregivers, Dr. Klein explains. Essentially, a checklist runs through a baby’s brain when they’re on a successful routine. Bath? Check. Song? Check? Feeding? Check. Zzzz. This creates a foundation for learning how to love the important people in their life and developing good self-esteem as they grow. Here’s how else you can support your 2-month-old’s development. Related: A parent’s guide to car seat safety: Tips, rules & product picks Sensory activities for 2-month-old babies Speaking of learning, this month your kiddo is becoming more interested in pictures and objects. You’ll see the beginning of hand-eye coordination, too. You’re still their primary focus, so keep up the talking, singing and silly faces. Babywearing Keeping your infant close by babywearing can help promote comfort and reduce crying. Try babywearing while you do other chores or take care of other kids—or while you go for a stroll outside. We’re betting baby will sleep super soundly if worn for naps—and will love getting in some extra skin-to-skin contact, too. Related: Babywearing did so much for my mental health when I became a mom of 2 Tracking objects Your little one’s focus may be extending soon, which makes now the perfect time to try tracking objects. Holding a toy or rattle about 12 to 18 inches from their face, slowly move it from left to right, and watch if their eyes follow the object. Singing Your little one loves to hear your voice, mama, and especially your singing (even if it’s off-key!). Work in some sweet songs and lullabies throughout your day, whether you’re cooking in the kitchen, driving in the car, washing up at bathtime, or getting ready for bed—your little one will benefit from the introduction of music and rhythm. Related: 2-month-old baby milestones Developmental activities for 2-month-old babies Looking for 2-month-old developmental activities? Here are a few ways to encourage your baby to learn and play this month. Reach and grab Your little one might soon be able to hold onto an object and is starting to learn how to open and close their hands. Help them reach out for a toy to hang onto—soon, when they shake it, they’ll start to realize they’re the ones making it move and rattle. Stretch it out After months of being in the womb, your little one deserves a good stretch. Encourage your baby to stretch out their body by helping them reaching their arms out wide or overhead and bringing their hands together to clap. Help create movement in their lower body by gently moving their legs and feet like they’re pedaling a bicycle or reaching out their legs for a long stretch. Tummy time Tummy time sessions might be getting a little longer this month—continue trying to make it fun for baby by reading a book aloud or singing a song while they explore around them. Remember that infants should always be awake and alert during tummy time and should be placed on their backs for every nap and nighttime sleep. Related: 14 science-backed ways to reduce SIDS risk in babies Things to do with a 2-month-old From story time to play time, these week-by-week tips from child development psychologist Dr. Holly Ruhl will help you navigate the month. Week 1 Instilling an early love of reading can strengthen language skills and parent-child relationships. Squeeze in that oh-so-important 20 minutes of reading by visiting your local library or bookstore for story time. This activity will deepen your tot’s love of books and promote mama-baby bonding. Week 2 Infants have an innate love of gazing at faces. Spend a few minutes each day attending to baby’s favorite faces: the ones staring back in the mirror! Make silly faces and label baby’s facial features. Gazing in the mirror may promote baby’s sense of self-recognition. This understanding will appear slightly later and is the basis for baby’s later self-confidence. Week 3 Your little bundle is developing rudimentary hand-eye coordination. Promote coordination by fostering interaction with baby’s fascinating surroundings. Help your tot gently stroke household pets. Dangle a textured, crinkly toy for those little hands to swat. Lay baby on an activity gym and soak in the baby bliss as your little one intently reaches for toys overhead. Week 4 Are family and friends antsy to cuddle with the new addition? Take baby to visit loved ones for exposure to new faces, voices and styles of play. 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