The Brain Development of a Two-Month-Old Baby

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The mental and physical development of a child progresses rapidly in the first few months of life. Though different children develop at slightly different rates, most children will reach certain developmental milestones during their second month. Parents should watch their child’s development closely and look for signs of healthy development. If you have concerns that your child’s development might be behind in certain areas, consult your child’s physician.

Visual

From birth to one month, a baby’s vision remains relatively limited to making basic distinctions between shapes and objects. By two months, a baby can perceive different colors and make more fine distinctions, according to the Child Development Institute. At two-months-old, a baby might show an interest in toys or stuffed animals with more complicated designs involving multiple colors. At this age, most babies can control their eye muscles and direct their gaze in a particular direction. You might notice your baby looking his surroundings with curiosity, often focusing his vision on particular objects. At this age, most babies can only focus on objects about a foot away.

Verbal and Aural

From two- to three-months-old, most babies test out their vocal chords, making a variety of sounds. You might notice your baby crying, grunting or cooing more often at this age. Two-month-old babies might also begin to relate sounds to their sources, according to the Child Development Institute. Parents might see your baby looking for the source of a particular noise, or watching their mouths as they talk. Many babies can recognize their parents’ voices at this age.

Motor Control

Most babies’ movements become slightly more coordinated by two months. Many babies begin to be able to lift their own heads while lying on their stomachs or sitting with support. Two-month-old babies often become interested in their own hands, and might frequently suck on their fingers.

Social and Emotional

From birth to one-month-old, most babies remain almost entirely asocial. Between two- and three-months-old, babies typically begin to smile at people’s faces. At this age, babies will often focus on a person’s face for prolonged periods. Two-month-old babies often experience tension and distress, but they can also experience delight.

Physical

Two-month old babies remain almost entirely dependent on their caretakers. Two-month-old babies often require five or more feedings and 14 or more hours of sleep each day. Parents might notice their child beginning to sleep in longer intervals, according to Babycenter.com. A baby might also begin to produce more saliva than she can swallow, leading to drooling.

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