The Power of Parenting

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Intellectual Development: Your Baby at Two Months

Intellectual Development means being able to think creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems and develop keen judgement along with a lifelong readiness to learn. Even at this early age your baby's mind is actively thinking and trying to understand the world around him.

Typical Skills
  • Gurgles, coos and squeals
  • Shows responsiveness to touch and to oral and visual stimulation
  • Stares at surroundings or attractive large, moving objects from several feet; moving or contoured objects hold his attention longer
  • Clearly discriminates voices, people, tastes, proximity and object size
  • Recognizes a few objects, for example, a bottle or rattle
Emerging Skills
  • Repeats actions for his own sake
  • Holds onto objects briefly as his voluntary grasp replaces reflex grasp
  • Begins to look at his hands as objects for examination
  • Starts to associate people with behaviour, for example, mother and feeding
  • Begins to sense that hands and feet are extensions of himself with limits and opportunities

If you do this:

  • Look at your baby, smile at her, and offer soothing words
  • Answer your baby’s happy noises
  • Respond to eye contact and the sound of your familiar voice with her own coos and smiles
  • Begin to know she can count on you to respond
If you do this:

  • Sing simple songs or do short finger plays with repeating sounds
  • Play a game of taking turns by copying sounds your baby makes
  • Show you what gives him pleasure and indicate what he wants more of, for example, by kicking arms/legs
  • Begin to understand that conversation is a partnership and his sounds are equally valued
If you do this:

  • Talk to your baby during daily routines
  • Repeat favourite rhymes and songs
  • Begin to understand the words and tone of voice that go with regular routines
  • Learn to recognize certain words and actions