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    Developmental milestones record - 2 months

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

    This article describes the skills and growth targets of 2-month-old infants.

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    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.

    References

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

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