Tried and Tested Activities for 2 Month Olds
When my baby was this age, I would often read about the same activities for 2 month olds. Reading books, talking, singing nursery rhymes and skin to skin time are the ones that often came up. Don’t get me wrong, all these things are important. Especially having skin to skin time – which improves brain development and increased parental attachment. Yet, these were things I found myself doing anyway. New ideas were what I wanted.
In this post, I will share with you the activities for 2 month olds that I tried with my baby. At this age, your baby is becoming more alert so It’s the perfect time to try more stimulating activities with them.
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Development at 2 months old
Here are some of the physical Developmental milestones your baby may achieve at this age:
- Sucking on their fists
- Holding their head steadier when on their tummy or being held upright
- Batting a colourful object in front of them
- Holding a toy you place in their hands
Other milestones they may also achieve include:
- Smiling for the first time
- Following objects with their eyes
- Grunting and cooing
- Seeing up to 45cm away
Visual Tracking Activities for 2 Month Olds
Visual tracking is the most important task of the eyes. Your baby will have the ability to control where their eyes look (visually track) at around 2-3 months old.
Moving toys in front of your baby is an easy way to help them practise visual tracking.
Baby maracas or a rattles work well for this because they’re colourful and make a noise. When moving the instruments start with left and right. Moving them slowly will ensure your baby can follow them with their eyes.
After you’ve done this a few times, try moving them closer and further away. As they get older, try other directions such as up, down and horizontal.
Here are some other activities that encourage visual tracking:
Activities to Make Your Baby Smile
Your baby was able to smile from the moment they were born. This is known as a reflexive smile which they have no control over.
But at 2 months they will soon learn to control a smile themselves and socially smile.
Seeing my little one’s social smile for the first time was one of the best feelings. I welcomed it after weeks of sleepless nights and endless nappy changes and feeds! Try to get your little one smiling with the activity ideas below.
Just gazing at your face may get your baby smiling. Remember they can only see 45cm away, so get close.
Start by laying down next to them and turning to face them. Then try pulling funny faces.
Be sure to change the sides you lay as this will encourage your baby to turn their head both ways. You may find they prefer to turn their head one way. If this is the case, try to encourage them to turn to the other side little and often.
Knocking Down Blocks
Your baby is too little to play with toys yet, but knocking down foam blocks in front of them may get you a smile or two. Try using exaggerated facial expressions in this activity too.
Your baby has no control over their hands yet. But they do have a grasp reflex. This means that when an object is placed in their hand, they will hold it. This reflex usually lasts until 5-6 months of age.
Try stroking the palm of your baby’s hand or putting your finger in your baby’s hand. You can also try this using a toy.
Stretching Activities for 2 Month Olds
Your baby will spend a lot of time curled up when they’re a newborn. This is normal because they’re used to being in the fetal position in the womb.
Gentle baby yoga stretches are one way you can encourage your baby to uncurl their limbs. Here’s a video to give you some ideas of how you can do it.
Singing and Stretching
Singing songs whilst moving and stretching your babies arms and legs, will also help them to uncurl their limbs. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and If You’re Happy and You Know It are easy songs with actions.
Being able to bat at toys, means your baby is one step closer to reaching and grasping them. It requires a lot of practise. So here are some of the ways you can help them.
If you don’t yet have a play gym, now is the ideal time to buy one. They provide a comfortable place for your baby to play either on their tummy or laying on their back. They are great for encouraging your baby to bat toys.
The award-winning Lovevery play gym is great value for money and will last your baby a whole year! It includes a high contrast Montessori ball and a wooden batting ring. Both of which are great at encouraging batting and visual tracking.
Using lots of links helps you to change the toys on your baby’s play gym, which will help to keep them interested.
A Hanger and Spoons
Tying measuring spoons onto a hanger is another way you can entice your baby to bat at objects. They make a great sound too!
Play arches are ideal for getting your baby to bat at objects. The Meadow Days Stroller Arch can be attached to most things – strollers, car seats and carrycots. I often attached ours to the baby bouncer. My little one went from batting the objects to pulling them off and exploring them.
Using different textures with your baby is a lovely sensory experience. Laying them on blankets and bed sheets in only a nappy will help them to feel with different parts of their body.
Laying juggling scarves over your baby is another great sensory experience for them. They can be laying on their back or tummy for this activity. Watching the scarves float to the floor will also help your baby’s visual tracking skills. I often tried this with my little one before doing baby massage and he loved it.
Tummy Time Activities for 2 Month Olds
Big colourful toys
Although your baby won’t reach for toys yet, they will still grab their attention. Grasping beads were my little one’s favourite at 2 months old. They are big, bright and colourful. Older babies also find them easy to hold and they’re safe for teething babies.
Using a gym ball during tummy time is a good way to add variety and help your baby’s development. To do this, place your baby’s tummy on the ball and hold onto their hips. Gently rock them from side to side and back and forth.
Other Activities for 2 Month Olds
You will probably notice that your baby likes sucking on their hands. Wrist rattles are a good activity for 2 month olds. They will help your baby to develop their hand-eye-coordination.
Batting toys, face time and tummy time are some enjoyable activities for 2 month olds. You should aim to carry out these activities as well as reading books, singing, talking and skin to skin time.
Check out more activities for babies at 0-3 months here. These ideas here include balloon kicking, mirror play and teddy talk.
When doing activities with your little one, try to avoid overstimulation and look out for the signs. Remember your baby also needs periods of quiet time.
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