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Your curious 2-month-old

Playing with your baby just got a lot smarter.

Your curious 2-month-old

Your baby is getting more and more interested in her world.

Make the most of their milestones:

You are rocking this new mama thing! And your sweet little baby is doing pretty great too. With each month comes a host of new milestones that will blow you away. That's why we've put together your two-month guide of fun and simple activities that will encourage your budding explorer to make the most of her new skills.

Stronger eyesight and a better attention span means now is the time to stimulate your baby with regular story time. It's never too early to start reading! Don't worry if she doesn't get the plot—interactive books like Big & Little from Baby Einstein encourage hand-eye coordination and future communication skills. And don't forget to smile! Your baby loves your face and voice more than just about anything else in the world.

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's second month.

Thinking

Your baby can follow interesting objects and faces with her eyes.

  • Try This: Read picture books for her to track.

Engaging

Her first smiles are peeking through.

  • Try This: Smile back often and make big facial expressions to keep her engaged.

Communicating

She will start to coo...the first steps to saying “mama!"

  • Try This: Talk back and read to encourage her communication.

Moving

Her movements are smoother and tummy time is steadier.

  • Try This: Give her plenty of tummy time practice on a firm surface.

Your postpartum life:

By now you've probably had your postpartum check up and hopefully gotten a bill of good health. Which is great news for getting out of the house with your baby! Spend time together taking walks with the stroller or carrier so you can both stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Just remember: It can take up to a year to fully recover from childbirth, so take plenty of breaks too. (It's a great opportunity for you and your baby to take in your surroundings!)

Remember when you never thought you and your baby would hit a rhythm? You're about to hit your stride, mama—just hang on.



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: CDC and WebMD

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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