Since he was just days old your baby has been able to recognise you but now the recognition of parents will become much more obvious as he reacts differently to you than to other people. You may find that by now your crying baby can sometimes be soothed just by the sound of your voice. A bigger reward for all your hard parenting work and sleepless nights so far though are your baby’s first delightful smiles. Not just a generally contented face or grimace when passing wind, these are when your baby looks into your eyes and really smiles, at you. No matter how sleep-deprived and exhausted you are you’d be hard pushed not to return the smile with a big beam of your own.
The smiles are partly due to your baby’s improving eyesight.
By the time he is two months old he can maintain focus with both eyes and track moving objects within his field of vision. Not only does he recognise you visually, but he’ll enjoy other visual stimulation and is beginning to be interested in more complex designs and shapes and different colours.
Your baby’s neck muscles are growing stronger every day. He’ll now be able to hold his head looking forward when lying on his back and when lying on his front he should be able to lift his head up 45 degrees for brief periods to look around. If he hasn’t done so already, then soon you’ll see him deliberately grabbing hold of small objects you give to him, like a rattle, although he won’t yet be able to hold things for very long.
What you can do
Your baby learns through play, so try and play with him as much as you can as long as he’s engaged and receptive. Try giving him a rattle to play with and shaking it near him so he can practice holding things as well as making the association between sight and sound. He’ll enjoy brightly coloured objects now so a baby gym or similar will offer him lots to look at and encourage him as he starts to swipe at objects over the next weeks.
He’ll still enjoy being carried around and kept close to you and listening to you describe objects and actions to him. Keep on talking to him as often as you can and don’t be afraid of using different words, the more words he hears, the better.
If your baby doesn’t yet try to lift his head when he’s lying on his stomach then try lying next to him, with your head up above his, and talking to him, he’ll be keen to look at you as you talk and so this will encourage him to lift his head.
NB: All babies develop at their own pace and some will reach developmental landmarks more quickly than others. This timeline is meant only as an approximate guide for parents. Premature babies will develop more slowly than full-term babies and can be expected to develop in line with their age calculated from their due date. If you are worried about your child’s health or progress consult your doctor.
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