Normal Development: 2 Months Old

Each child is unique. While some behavior and growth milestones tend to happen at certain ages, a wide range for each age is normal. It is okay if your child reaches some milestones earlier and others later than the average. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, check with your healthcare provider. Here’s what you might see your baby doing between the ages of 2 and 4 months.


  • Shows greater variety of emotions: distress, excitement, delight.
  • Smiles, gurgles and coos, particularly when talked to.
  • Seems upset when an adult leaves.
  • Crying gradually becomes less frequent. Quiets down when held or talked to.
  • Does not think things exist if they cannot be seen, touched, or tasted.


  • Knows the difference between male and female voices.
  • Knows the difference between angry and friendly voices.


  • Focuses better, but still sees no more than 12 inches.
  • Follows objects by moving head from side to side.
  • Prefers things that are brightly colored.
  • Sleeps for longer periods during the night.
  • Moves more smoothly.
  • Lifts chest for a short time when lying on tummy.
  • Holds head steady when held or seated with support.
  • Discovers hands and fingers.
  • Grasps with more control.
  • May bat at dangling objects with entire body.
Written by Robert Brayden, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2012-09-25
Last reviewed: 2013-09-18
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