My baby's development: Month 2

Your baby is growing more attached to her world

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My 2-month-old baby: a more familiar world

Babies use many of their senses to get to know their mothers while they are still in the womb. As your baby takes in everything in the "outside" world, she uses that information to communicate with you.

2-month-old baby sleep patterns and tips
  • Your baby probably will sleep for shorter periods during the day and longer stretches at night.
  • To help her get used to falling back to sleep on her own, gently place her down in the crib while she's groggy but still awake.
  • Keep your rooms and interaction bright and lively during the day.
  • Keep rooms and interaction dim and calm in the evening.
  • Learn about SIDS at the

    American Academy of Pediatrics.
Crying baby

Signs of milk-protein sensitivity in babies*

All babies are fussy and gassy at times, but if it seems your baby has more frequent fussiness and gas, he could have milk-protein sensitivity. Reactions can include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Watery stools
  • Irritability
If you are formula feeding your baby, these reactions could be due to milk-protein sensitivity. Your health care provider can determine whether your baby should be fed a special formula such as Similac® Soy Isomil®.

*Consult a health care professional if a milk-protein sensitivity is suspected.

Your baby's learning style

Your 2-month-old baby learns by watching everyone, especially you, and how people interact with each other. She is attaching and bonding, while also learning that she is a separate person. Your personality and the different experiences she witnesses can help shape her relationships with others.

How your 2-month-old baby communicates

How your 2-month-old baby communicates

Your baby cannot speak yet. But her body "speaks" to you, if you know what to look for.

  • She is seeking ways to adapt to the world. For example, sleeping is one way she learns to organize her life: When she is tired, she "turns off" the environment, conserving energy to grow.
  • She is giving you permission and feedback. Watch her closely and you will learn how much or how little stimulation she can handle, and when she is ready for talking, feeding, singing, or playing. Her actions will say it all.

2-month-old baby developmental milestones

All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friend's children. In general, by the end of your baby's second month, she will likely be able to do the following:

  • Smile when you touch or talk to her
  • React to loud sounds by startling, crying, or getting very quiet
  • No longer keep her hands in tight fists
  • Begin recognizing you and your partner as the parents
  • Be able to lift her chest off the floor using her forearms for support
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