Your Baby At 1 And 2 Months Old

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By the time your baby is one month old you'll have got the hang of breastfeeding, bathing, burping and handling her and will have settled into a comfortable routine that is much more manageable.

And although your baby has been able to recognise you since she was a few days old, your 1 month old baby may be showing obvious signs of recognition and will react differently to you than she does to strangers.

Your one month old baby:

should be able to:

lift her head briefly when lying on her stomach
be able to focus on a face
respond to sounds

will probably be able to:

follow a moving object. (Try passing a rattle or any everyday household object from side to side in front of her)
see black and white patterns

may possibly be able to:

smile in response to your smile
vocalise in ways other than crying, for example, cooing, gurgling or humming. Be sure to coo and gurgle back
hold her head at a 45 degree angle when on her stomach. Remember, skills babies show from the tummy position can only be learnt from practice so make sure your baby has some tummy time every day

Your 2 month old baby

A two month old baby has started to progress from an unresponsive newborn to an increasingly alert and active tiny person and you will have become more confident with recognising your baby's needs as you both begin to settle into a more predictable routine.

Your 2 month old baby will be wanting more stimulation so look out for more detailed and complicated designs and let her reach out and touch them.

She could now be sleeping through the night, but don't worry if she isn't. Most babies will still need at least one feed during the night to keep them satisfied. She may go for longer stretches when she does sleep and is staying awake for longer in between.

This month might also bring a particularly special moment – your baby's first smile.

Your two month old baby:

should be able to:

respond to a bell in some way
hold her head up for short periods
follow objects
vocalize in ways other than crying, for example, cooing, gurgling or humming

will probably be able to:

smile in response to your smile
hold her head at a 45 degree angle when on her stomach
keep her movements smoother and slightly more controlled. She should grab objects voluntarily now rather than in the early days when it was mostly instinctive.

may possibly be able to:

smile spontaneously
laugh out loud or squeal in delight
bring both hands together
lift her head 90 degrees when on her stomach
bear her weight on her legs when supported

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