Congratulations on becoming a parent! It’s a wild and wonderful journey, but if you’re like most new parents you’re probably already wondering if you’re doing it right.
The good news is that while there are many different ways to parent your child, there are a few tried-and-true ways to track if your child is growing in all the right directions.
Pediatricians and childcare professionals have a developmental checklist they use to look for indicators of proper child growth and development. Early childhood development is typically sorted into four key areas: physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and language.
Although each child moves at his own pace and develops in his own time, most children tend to master skills around the same age. These skills are called developmental milestones.
2 Months Developmental Checklist
At two months old, your child will likely be hitting the following developmental milestones:
He will begin making smoother movements with arms and legs, and begin holding his head up.
2. Social / Emotionally:
He’ll start smiling at people, looking at parents, and making attempts to soothe himself by sucking on his hands or fingers.
You’ll notice him paying special attention to faces, getting bored or fussy without stimulation, and beginning to follow objects with his eyes.
Your baby will experiment with cooing or gurgling, as well as turning his head toward sounds.
[Adapted from the CDC]
For most babies, these developmental milestones will develop naturally as they approach two months of age in response to day-to-day interactions with parents, siblings, and caregivers.
But what if they don’t?
Some developmental skills, like holding his head up, cooing or soothing himself, will come in their own time and may just depend on the temperament of your baby. You can encourage these skills by allowing him plenty of time on his stomach to strengthen those little neck muscles (being carried in a wrap or carrier counts!) and chatting or singing to your baby to encourage him to develop his own voice.
You can also offer rattles and other gentle sound-making toys to allow him to hear different sounds. Allowing baby to see himself in the mirror promotes face recognition and soon he’ll even recognize that he’s looking at himself! During his most alert times, sit with your knees up and baby propped up against them, facing you. Make funny faces and mimic his sounds and facial expressions, you’ll soon see a wonderful little exchange being played out between you without words.
There’s no rush to meet these two-month developmental milestones – you should allow your baby to develop in his own time – but there’s also no harm in creating a rich environment that supports him in doing so.
Recognising Developmental Delays
If you notice several delayed or missing milestones, however, it may indicate that your baby’s development has become a little sidetracked.
If your child isn’t smiling, tracking faces, or responding to sounds at two months of age, it’s best to check in with your pediatrician to make sure that his development is right on track.
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