How to Stimulate a 2-Month-Old's Physical Development

By C. Giles
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Your two-month-old baby may be sleeping for longer stretches during the night (if you're lucky) and staying awake for bigger chunks of time during the day. This gives her plenty of time to give her rapidly growing brain a good workout. Between two and three months of age, she's developing all sorts of new skills and becoming increasingly curious about what's going on around her. Fancy techniques and expensive toys aren't necessary to stimulate your baby's physical development. All she needs is you.

Step 1

Lay your baby on a blanket on the floor with plenty of space to stretch his arms, kick his legs and move his body however he likes. These movements help to build his muscles. Turn him over onto his front for a few minutes of tummy time each day. Always supervise your baby in this position, and turn him back over if he starts to get frustrated or upset. Regular periods of tummy time help to strengthen his neck and shoulder muscles. You might notice him starting to push his feet against the floor when he's on his front, which is the first step toward crawling.

Step 2

Strengthen your baby's neck muscles by laying her on her back on your lap and gently lifting her up into a sitting position by pulling her hands. Lay her back down and repeat the movement. Always use slow, measured movements. She should be able to hold her head in line with her body while you're pulling her up.

Step 3

Indulge your baby's love of grasping hold of objects and develop his gross motor skills by providing him with a variety of age-appropriate toys in bright colors, monochrome patterns and interesting textures, such as a squeaky toy with a rubber handle. Lay him underneath an infant gym a few times every day to let him try to reach out and grab the dangling items. Lie down beside him for a fun bonding experience, or sit next to him and give him lots of praise when he manages to grab or kick one of the objects.

Step 4

Stimulate your baby's visual development by surrounding her with dark and light contrasting colors, such as a black and white striped blanket. When you speak or sing to your baby, position your face around 12 inches away from hers to ensure her eyes are focused on your face. Improve her visual tracking skills by slowly dangling a toy from side to side in front of her eyes.

About the Author

C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."