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Developmental milestones record - 2 months

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
  • Coos
  • Different cries means different things
  • Head turns from side to side with sound at the level of the ear
  • Smiles
  • Responds to familiar voices
  • Healthy babies can cry up to 3 hours per day. If you are worried that you baby cries too much, talk to you doctor.

Play recommendations:

  • 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 you baby if they are upset or crying. DO NOT worry about spoiling your 2-month-old.

Alternative Names

Normal childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Growth milestones for children - 2 months


Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 8.

Update Date 2/5/2015

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