by Julie Snyder
Your two-month-old has adjusted to life outside the womb and is ready to meet the world.
Cause and effect is in the house! He hits a mobile and it moves. He calls and you look. He smiles and you smile back.
This month is all about empowerment. Your baby is discovering that he can make things happen!
Social and emotional development
She is becoming a social butterfly; almost literally as sometimes she waves her arms excitedly. Once she has your attention, she will bubble over with delighted smiles and might even laugh. Have you noticed that she has different cries for different needs? As well as calling out with specific sounds she also pauses between cries, anticipating a response.
Just as he's getting good at smiling, he's also beginning to babble. He strings vowel sounds together, ah, ee-ee-ah-ah-ah and repeats strings over and over. He really seems intrigued by these sounds and can often entertain himself with his voice. When someone else joins in the conversation he is delighted and mixes talking with smiling. As gestures and sounds are mirrored back and forth, a conversation begins. This month you will notice his noises are louder and he may have added screeches to his repertoire.
Hearing and vision have become more sophisticated. She's able to visually follow an object, especially a fluttering object or an older sibling. Towards the end of this month, she'll establish a clear connection between seeing and hearing in a familiar setting. When you speak, she'll turn to find your face. If she hears a tinkling, she'll look for the bell. She's very interested in how things feel. Now that her hands are open most of the time she enjoys feeling different tactile sensations such as warm, soft, bristly and cold. She's learning cause and effect. If she shakes her hand, the rattle makes noise.
Large motor skills
Although there are no major milestones achieved, you'll noticed a huge difference in the quality as your baby moves his body -- he moves further, steadier and stronger! His limbs stretch all the way out, makes rhythmic cycling and freestyle motions. When on his tummy, he can probably lift his head higher than his bottom.
Fine motor skills
She's discovered she has control over her fingers! You can help her practice with her hands with a brightly colored sock or wrist band. Place it on the left hand or right or both. She sucks her fingers and fists, makes swiping motions and karate chops. Her grasp is indiscriminate and anything within reach is fair game.
Note: These milestones may first appear this month. It's normal for them to happen later. Worried your little one isn't developing normally? Check out these developmental red flags.
The big picture
Your baby needs adults for more than food and comfort. She needs people to play with her -- singing, talking, laughing, touching. Your responses help her to develop important social skills.