Remember the following is true for most babies that are 2 months old. If your baby was born prematurely or has been ill, these guidelines might not be true for them yet. Babies grow and develop at different rates.
- Crying–you can tell the difference between when the crying is because of hunger, pain, being tired, etc. (1)
- Language–baby babbles and coos (1)
- Your baby smiles in response to social interaction (1)
- Extrusion reflex (pushing tongue forward when touched) disappears (1)
- Your baby is only able to suck to obtain food (2)
- Activity ceases if they hear something (1)
- Digestive enzymes are present for milk, very little intestinal amylase is present meaning they can’t digest starch yet. (2)
- They will briefly hold something in their hand (1)
- In a sitting position their head sags (1)
- If pulled to a sitting position head lags behind their body (3)
- Your baby can raise their head when lying on their stomach (3)
- Walker, M, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, Sudbury, MA, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2002, pp 445-46
- Satter, E, Dykstal, V, Feeding your infant and toddler, Madison, WI, Jackson Clinic, 1978.
- Behrman, R, Liegman, R, Jenson, H, Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 2004, p 34.