Month 2: Milestones

Always remember that your baby’s rate of development is normal for your baby – you will cause yourself much distress by constantly comparing your baby to other babies in your friendship group. Remember as well that the skills babies perform from the tummy position can only be mastered if they get the opportunity to practice these skills.

By month 2 your baby should be able to:

  • Smile in response to your smile
  • Respond to a bell in some way for instance being startled, crying or quieting.

She will probably be able to:

  • Vocalize in more ways than just crying
  • When on her tummy she can lift her head 45 degrees.

She may even be able to:

  • Hold her head upright when picked up
  • When on her tummy raise her chest supported by her arms
  • Roll over (one way)
  • Grasp a rattle with finger tips
  • Pay attention to small items
  • Reach for an object
  • Make vowel-consonant combinations for example “ah-goo”

She may possibly be able to:

  • Smile spontaneously
  • Bring her hands together
  • Lift her head 90 degrees when on her tummy
  • Laugh out loud
  • Squeal in delight
  • Follow an object with her eyes about 15 cm above her head when it is moved 180 degrees.

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