Your two-month-old baby may seem like they are "waking up" more every day—which hopefully translates to some extra sleep at night, too. Between all their eating and sleeping, your baby's other big focus is on developmental milestones. They truly are learning in their sleep, mama!

Although it's probably hard for you to imagine life before your baby came into the world, the truth is you are still getting to know each other. That's why it can be helpful to have a baseline understanding of a two-month-old baby's milestones. Then you can track progress and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.

Two-month-old baby milestones

As your baby works on fine-tuning their senses and building their strength, you will probably also be treated to another magical milestone soon: Their first smile!

Here's what The American Academy of Pediatrics says about two-month-old baby milestones.

Senses:

  • Two-month-old babies prefer sweet smells and tastes over anything else. And it's no coincidence that breastmilk and formula fits the bill! Preferring nourishing breastmilk or formula is a survival skill after all.
  • With improving eyesight, your two-month-old baby can recognize familiar faces and track objects as they move from a distance.
  • Two-month-olds love soft, cuddly fabrics. (But, remember, they cannot have any extra blankets or stuffed animals in their sleeping space.)

Gross Motor:

  • Keep on with tummy time! Your two-month-old should be able to raise their head and chest while on their stomach.
  • Unlike when they were born and preferred to keep their legs pulled up, your baby should stretch and kick their legs while on their back.

Fine Motor:

  • Your two-month-old should be working on opening and shutting their hands—and might soon be able to hold and shake toys like a rattle.
  • Your baby notices (and loves) their hands. With more control over their hands, your baby might try to bring their hand to their mouth.

How to support your two-month-old baby’s development this month

Up for a little homework assignment, mama? Here are some two months old baby activities to support your cutie's development.

  • Soothe your two-month-old baby by wearing them in a baby carrier while you walk around the neighborhood. Bonus points for talking to your baby about what you see and hear!
  • Play with your two-month-old baby by reading high-contrast picture books with them.
  • Engage your two-month-old baby's senses by giving them lots of opportunities for tummy time on a firm surface. A good play gym can make it more exciting for them!

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

When your two-month-old 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. Even more amazing? Humans aren't alone in this.
Keeping your little one happy by standing up is easiest with a comfortable carrier like the Beluga Baby Wrap.


Your two-month-old baby may seem like they are "waking up" more every day—which hopefully translates to some extra sleep at night, too. Between all their eating and sleeping, your baby's other big focus is on developmental milestones. They truly are learning in their sleep, mama!

Although it's probably hard for you to imagine life before your baby came into the world, the truth is you are still getting to know each other. That's why it can be helpful to have a baseline understanding of a two-month-old baby's milestones. Then you can track progress and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.

Make no mistake about it, mama: You and your two-month-old are learning, growing and developing together—and that will be the case for a long time to come. While your baby's milestones and development might be the most noticeable, they are accomplishing everything with your love and support. Keep it coming... You've got this!

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