Today, we’ll continue to explore infant milestones by month by diving into 1 to 2 month developmental milestones.
Around this time in your baby’s development, you might notice your baby’s arms and legs extend rapidly if the position of their head changes or if they are startled by a loud noise or a sudden movement. It may even result in a piercing cry.
This normal part of infancy is known as the Moro Reflex (one of your baby’s primitive reflexes). This reflex peaks during this age range and eventually disappears around 3-4 months. This reflex helps your baby strengthen their neck and back muscles!
At this age, your baby may calm when you speak to them and may look intently at your face. You may even see that sweet, intentional smile for the first time!
Other 1 to 2 month developmental milestones:
- Exhibiting enough head control to hold their head up when you lift them from a lying position.
- Extending both of their legs
- Looking at a familiar face or object for a few seconds
- Bringing their hands together when on their back
- Lifting their head briefly during tummy time
- Rolling from side to back
- Kicking their legs one at a time
Activities for 2 month olds:
Wondering how to entertain a 2 month old?
There are several fun and simple activity ideas for this age range that will not only keep your baby happy, but will also work toward 1 and 2 month developmental milestones by providing important exposure to different positions and experiences.
-Carry your baby in a variety of positions
-Read, sing and talk to your baby
-Listen to music with your baby and rock or sway to the beat!
-Make bath time special with lots of massage and gentle touch
-Keep working on tummy time!
Find all of our development-boosting infant activities here!
And learn more about other infant milestones by month here!
Toys for 1 to 2 Month Olds
This carrier is perfect for getting used to wearing your baby, which is a great experience for parents and little ones!
Moby Wrap/Infant Carrier
Keep your little one close and provide important sensory input through movement, touch, and deep pressure with this awesome wrap carrier. This is also great for busy parents who want to have their hands free!
Tummy Time Fun
Tummy time can be tricky because many babies cry, fuss, and seem uncomfortable in this challenging position! Make the experience more fun with some soft, interesting toys!
Baby Massage Book
Tap into your baby’s sense of touch and learn how to connect and calm their bodies and minds with basic baby massage techniques.
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