Now your two-month-old seems more like a baby and
much less a newborn. Your baby is more responsive,
affectionate and demonstrates this by flashing beautiful
social smiles at you and others she meets. Her whole
body responds by moving in synchrony when you talk
to her. She is also beginning to make sense of the
little everyday things, like her bottle. She is beginning
to comprehend the basics of cause and effect; in fact
it is becoming important to her to know that she can
influence her environment. She thrives on response.
This is clear in her toy choice; she prefers toys
that respond with sound or movement to her limited
ways of handling them. She loves having her parents
respond when she cries, when she calls out to play,
when she makes those subtle expressions.
Milestones - your
Baby's progress report
You will be amazed by the changes that manifest this
Your baby now looks at objects with greater concentration,
often for long periods of time. Encourage this by
holding up colorful fascinating things for her to
explore visually. She will especially delight when
she spots a favorite object because she is now beginning
to recognize familiar things. Her vision is sharpening
as well. While holding baby, notice her looking at
details of your face such as eyebrows, nose and lips.
She is beginning to tell one person apart from another
and her face especially lights up when she sees you.
Baby's Vocal Cords:
Your baby adds lots of new sounds to her vocal repertoire.
She makes little pops, hums and buzzes when excited
and dismayed sounding noises when disappointed. She
expresses a wide range of feelings: interest, amusement,
excitement, surprise, affection and disappointment.
Those coos and gurgles increase rapport with baby.
She will 'talk' to you more when you talk and touch
Baby's reaction to
Different sounds produce different reactions. While
babies love listening to musical sounds from toys
or mobiles or music CDs and your singing, they show
aversion to high pitched, piercing type of sounds
coming from pressure cookers, vacuum cleaners or police
sirens. Such sounds freeze babies or make them cry.
It is natural for mammals to react instinctively to
loud high-pitched sounds, albeit negatively.
First-Aid Kit - a must
in your home
Keep these items together in a handy location; you
may never know when you will need them.
Cotton balls and swabs
Diaper rash cream
Medication to reduce pain and relieve fever (follow
your pediatrician's recommendation)
Cool mist humidifier
Dropper or oral syringe to measure accurately any
Electrolyte solution(baby formula) if baby develops
diarrhea (follow your pediatrician's recommendation)
Nasal aspirator for clearing nasal congestion.
Babies this age delight in batting at simple objects
that dangle near their fists. It is a good eye-hand
coordination practice and an important step to reaching
and grasping. Colorful, fairly light and large objects
make good batting toys.
Lie baby on back. Dangle the toy few inches above
her hands and encourage her to hit it. Tap her fist
against the toy to get her started.
Hold the toy further away when she becomes more adept.
Sit her on your lap and dangle toy out in front of
rather than over her.
A word of Caution: ensure the string of toy is no
longer than 6 inches if you are using string. Detach
the string if baby is playing with toy to prevent
baby from getting tangled in it.
Babies like to kick toys too. Attach a rattle or bell
with self-adhesive cloth tape to baby's ankle. When
he kicks he will amuse himself with the noise he makes.
Don't leave baby unattended.
Little Piggies to the
This is an interactive game which both of you will
enjoy. Sit baby on your lap or lie him down on the
floor. Say one line as you gently wiggle each to on
his foot. When you reach the last line, run your fingers
up baby's body, tickling him lightly.
This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried, "Mama!"
All the way home!
Help baby strengthen his upper-body by placing him
on his tummy with his arms stretched out in front.
Shake a rattle above his head to encourage him to
look up. Shake the rattle below him so he looks down.
Do this a couple of times so he moves up and down.