At 2 months old, your infant might not be crawling, walking or playing with toys yet, but a lot of changes are going on in her brain, according to Vicki Lansky, author of Practical Parenting Tips. She is observing her environment and learning about the world around her, and there are a multitude ways to stimulate her and promote healthy brain development.
Hang a brightly-colored mobile over his crib or the area where he usually naps. At 2 months, he spends a lot of time sleeping or in his crib so a mobile gives him something that is close enough for him to see. Until 3 months of age, babies see items best from a distance of 7 to 12 inches away, so don't hang his mobile too high up or he won't be able to see it clearly. However, do not place it so close to him that he can grab it and pull it down.
Place brightly colored toys near her when she plays on the floor, or show them to her. Slowly move the toy or object back and forth to stimulate her eye-tracking skills. Babies can see the colors red and yellow best, so those are good colors to choose for toys. You don't have to spend a lot of money to come up with toys or items that will interest your baby, especially when she is very small. Stuffed toys and even mobiles can be homemade.
Read to him. While he may not understand your words yet, he will look at the pictures and he will appreciate hearing the sound of your voice. Sitting with you as you read also gives him cuddle time with you, which is important for his development.
Dangle a toy or object over her and let her try to grab it. Babies begin to reach for objects as early as 2 months of age, and you can encourage her to develop these fine motor skills by giving her interesting toys and items to grab.
Develop his gross motor skills by laying him on his tummy and encouraging his to lift his head and look at you. At 2 months, he is already attuned to the sound of your voice.
- Practical Parenting Tips; Vicki Lansky; 2001
- From Mum to Mum; Sarra G. Nasser; 2005
- Early Years Practitioner; Maureen O'Hagan; 2001
- Healthychildren.org: Developmental Milestones: 3 Months