This article describes the skills and growth targets of 2-month-old infants.
Physical and motor-skill markers:
- Closing of soft spot at the back of the head (posterior fontanelle)
- Several newborn reflexes, such as the stepping reflex (baby appears to dance or step when placed upright on solid surface) and grasp reflex (grasping a finger), disappear
- Less head lag (head is less wobbly on the neck)
- When on stomach, able to lift head almost 45 degrees
- Less flexing of the arms and legs while lying on the stomach
Sensory and cognitive markers:
- Beginning to look at close objects.
- Different cries means different things.
- Head turns from side to side with sound at the level of the ear.
- Responds to familiar voices.
- Healthy babies can cry up to 3 hours per day. If you are worried that your baby cries too much, talk to your health care provider.
- Expose your baby to sounds outside those of the home.
- Take your baby for rides in the car or walks in the neighborhood.
- The room should be bright with pictures and mirrors.
- Toys and objects should be bright colors.
- Read to your baby.
- Talk to your baby about objects and people in his or her environment.
- Hold and comfort your baby if they are upset or crying. DO NOT worry about spoiling your 2-month-old.
Normal childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Growth milestones for children - 2 months
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infants (0-1 year of age). Centers for Disease Control Web site. Updated January 3, 2017. www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/infants.html. Accessed February 16, 2017.
Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 10.
Review Date 2/16/2017
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.