Kids are constantly growing and changing, and it can be hard to keep track of all the milestones they hit. Parenting is not an exact science, but luckily, there are some general guidelines you can follow to get an idea of what to expect from your child developmentally.
Parenting requires a lot of energy, dedication, and love. At two months old, your baby is starting to become more aware of the world around them. They may be able to briefly hold their head up when lying on their tummy, and they will start to reach for objects that catch their attention. You may also notice your baby beginning to coo and make other sounds as they try to communicate with you.
As your baby continues to grow, you can expect to see more milestones reached in the months ahead. But for now, enjoy all the little moments with your new bundle of joy.
Here are some key developmental milestones for 2-month-olds to look out for:
At this age, babies are just beginning to develop their motor skills. They may be able to lift their heads for a short period and turn them from side to side. Some babies may also be able to roll over from their backs to their tummies.
* Can hold their head up unassisted
* May be able to roll over from tummy to back
* Begins to show more control over their arms and legs
Babies are also starting to develop cognitively at this age. They may be able to track moving objects with their eyes and begin to reach for things that catch their attention. They may also start to coo and make other sounds as they experiment with their vocal cords.
* Follows moving objects with their eyes
* May be able to recognize familiar faces and objects
* Begins to babble and make cooing sounds
Social and emotional development:
2-month-olds are beginning to develop social and emotional skills as well. They may start to smile at people and show other signs of affection. They may also begin to feel separation anxiety when away from their caregivers.
* Smiles at people
* Begins to show signs of stranger anxiety or separation anxiety
* May cry when parents leave
All babies develop at their own pace, so if your child isn’t hitting all of these milestones, don’t worry. As long as they’re making progress in some areas, they’re on track. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your paediatrician. They can give you more specific guidance based on your child’s individual needs.
Remember, every child is different and will develop at their own pace. These are just general milestones to look for—don’t be worried if your child isn’t hitting them all right on schedule. Some kids may be ahead in some areas and behind in others. And that’s perfectly normal.
Benefits of Early Childhood Development Programs
Children who attend early childhood development programs have better social skills, higher grades in school, and are less likely to need special education or be held back a grade.
Research has shown that children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs are more likely to:
* Have better pre-reading skills
* Perform better in school
* Have fewer behaviour problems
* Be less likely to need special education services
* Be less likely to repeat a grade
* Graduate from high school
Benefits of developmental skills in future parenting
There are many benefits to be gained from developing good parenting skills. Parents who have strong parenting skills are more likely to have happy, healthy, and well-adjusted children. They are also less likely to experience behaviour problems with their children. Furthermore, parents who have good parenting skills tend to be more successful in their own lives and careers. Good parenting skills can lead to several benefits for both parents and children, such as:
* Stronger parent-child bonds
* Increased communication and cooperation between family members
* More positive discipline techniques that work
* Greater success in school and life
* Fewer behavioural problems in children
* Higher self-esteem for both parents and children