By 2 months, he may have reached the following stages:
These are fascinating! He’ll be entranced by his own hands this month. Catch him spending ages intently staring at his mitts, opening and closing his fingers, watching as they touch each other, and eventually learning how to bring them together. Though he can’t give himself a round of applause for being so clever yet, he’s beginning to learn just what his funny-looking fingers might get up to one day.
Raspberry ripple: He’ll wave his arms and kick his legs when you talk and sing to him and maybe even blow the odd raspberry or two. Now where on earth did he learn that from?
That’s enough of that! Though it’s tempting to play with him every moment he’s awake, make sure you don’t over-stimulate your baby. If you see him turn away from a game, or start to grizzle during your remarkable rendition of Row, Row, Row your Boat (complete with actions), move onto something else, or give him some down-time. He’s got his own mind, even at this tender age, and if he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t want to play! Sorry, but you’ll have to find something else to amuse yourself.
Helping hands: Help him discover just what those hands he is so fascinated in can do. Put different textured toys in his fingers and help him hold onto them. Give him different textures to feel – fluffy, furry, soft, and smooth – and encourage him to reach out for things within grasp.
Muscle man: His muscles are becoming toned and developed as he moves his arms and legs. Give him space to exercise on a mat, blanket or baby gym on the floor, and don’t forget to give him tummy time as an opportunity to strengthen his neck and back muscles. You may find you have a ‘Mr Muscles’ attempting to use his arms to help him lift his heads. Phew! That’s impressive.
Did I do that? Find a toy that squeaks easily and place it in his hand. Hopefully he’ll get it to squeak – and hey presto – you’ve taught him something about cause and effect!
Your bay’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.