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As an Occupational Therapist and a Mom I have put together top activities for your 2 month old baby. They will focus on creating a bond between you and your little one as well provide opportunities to strengthen their brain and motor development.

Hello Everyone!! It’s Josh again. I am now 2 months old and I think I am slowly starting to get used to this new world. Everyday I am learning something new. I started to make bubbles with my mouth. So fun! It tickles my lips but I like it.I love watching and listening to my parents. Daddy keeps making all these funny faces at me and mommy sings me the best songs!!! Last week I decided to do something new with my face. My parents do it over and over so I thought I would give it a try. I stretched and stretched my mouth and voila… I smiled. If I knew earlier how excited my mommy would get I would have tried it weeks earlier.Time to go to sleep again.Until next month…

I hope you enjoyed Josh’s 2nd month story. All 2 month old baby activities I suggest in this post are based on my professional OT experience & the play we engaged with Josh when he was 2 months young. This includes tummy time, talking, reading, cuddle time, floor time, movement to exploring through touch & vision. Enjoy!


What to expect from your 2 month old baby

So it’s 2 months now. Time is flying fast. Here are a few developmental things that you might see your 2 month old baby do:

  • They still love to sleep. At 2 months babies sleep 15-16 hours a day.
  • Your 2 month old can hold their head a little steadier. Make sure you continue with Newborn tummy time to keep making your little bubstronger.
  • Many of the reflexes are still around, such as the sucking reflex. Sucking is also one of the best ways your baby can comfort themselves.
  • You may start to seeyour 2 month old baby try tobat objects that you place in front of them.
  • Their vision is still developing and they can see objects up to 18 inches away.
  • They begin to follow things with their eyes.
  • Your baby loves listening to you talk or sing so keep on talking to them.
  • Their crying might include more grunts, gurgling or coos.
  • Your baby can turn their head towards sounds.
  • You may be lucky to get a smile.
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Activities for your 2 month old baby

By now you havestarted to figure out your baby’s personality. You may know some of their likes,dislikes andunderstand their different cries. You may still not be getting enough sleep and walk around the house like a zombie. Just remember… this too will pass!

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Whenever you and your baby are awake take the opportunity to play. Through play you can help your baby’s development both mentally and physically.

Here are my top 10 sensory activities for your 2 month old baby. These activities have been tried and tested.

1.Tummy Time

Yes… Again I am putting in this activity for your 2 month old baby. It continues to be an essential developmental activity in your baby’s everyday routine. It helps to build coordination and strengthens your baby’s neck, shoulders, arms and trunk. These muscles also help with the motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, pulling self up and sitting up. Read more about Tummy Time with your baby.

2. Talking to your baby

Any type of talking or singing will be beneficial. While your baby hears you talking he will start to lay down foundations for language development. It doesn’t matter what you say just as long as you talk to them. You can narrate your day, read them books or sing. Anything will do.

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It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. As babies love hearing their parents’ voices make sure both parents take turns reading. Reading has many benefits, so it’s great to get into a habit of reading every day.

  • Promote listening skills
  • Increase language development
  • Assist in the development of attention span and memory
  • Promote bonding between you and your baby
  • Instill the love of reading
Tips for parents
  • Read to your baby in a quiet place
  • You don’t have to read all the words in the book
  • You can describe what you see on each page
  • Have fun when reading. Use exaggerated faces, animated voices and just be silly, this will help your baby’s attention
  • Use a variety of books: board books, lift a flap, or textured books.

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4. Magic of Human Touch

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A very important activity for you and your 2 month old baby. This is an easy sensory activity that has amazing benefits for you and your young baby.

How to do it?
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Cuddle time
  • Rocking your baby
  • Massaging your baby
Why do it?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Building a bond between you and your baby
  • Boost healthy psychological and physical development
  • Improved sleep
  • Massage helps babies manage their stress
  • Massage improves autonomic functions such as heart rate and temperature
  • It can also help with pain relief

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5. Floor time play

An essential activity for our 2 month old baby. Give your baby the opportunity to move around. Try to avoid placing your baby for extended time in car seats, rockers or swings. Get them down onto the floor either on their tummy or on their back. Even though they don’t do much independent movement at this age, being on the ground has many benefits. While on the ground they are starting to strengthen important muscles. These muscles are needed for rolling, crawling, sitting and then walking.

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6. Moving with your baby

So you have been getting your baby on the floor to work on those important muscles. While off the floor however, take the opportunity to move them in many different directions.Movement helps with development of the vestibular system.A system responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

So how can you move?

With this activity you can be very creative with your 2 month old. You can put on your favorite music and have a dance with your baby. Or what my husband used to do is play an airplane game. It included some smooth flying through the air with an addition of some turbulence. This can be done in many different ways. You can rock or lift your baby (up, down, side to side, round and round). You can move your baby fast and slow. Make sure you stop every minute or so. This will let the body register the movements and make sure your baby is not over stimulated.

7. Exploring through touch

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The development of the tactile system is important. A baby learns about their body and their environment though the sense of touch. Remember that this is not only about touching through the use of hands. It includes their whole body. So whenever the temperature allowsstrip your baby down to a nappy and let their whole body explore the variety of textures. This helps in the development of many skills including gross and fine motor skills.

Here are some ideas on incorporating this activity with your 2 month old baby:
  • Lay your baby on a variety of textured fabrics or blankets. It can include sheep skin, silk, cotton etc.Always supervise and ensure that your baby can breathe at all times.
  • Place a variety of textured materials or toys in your baby’s hands. Examples can include different fabrics, rattles, textured rings, sponges. There are so many toys these days that can be smooth, bumpy, spikey, hard or squishy.
  • Move different textured materials over their body (arms, feet, face, belly and back). Again it can include different fabrics or toys. My son Josh loved when I tickled him with a feather.
  • Bath time! Water covers their whole body and it is yet another sensation. You may even use different textured towels each time to add some variety.

8. Let your fingers do the walking

At this age your baby can’t see far but there are many things that they enjoy looking at. Faces are of course one of their favorites. Another favorite is looking at moving fingers. I had so much fun with this!

What to do

You can let your imagination run wild. The main purpose is for your little one to watch your fingers dance. You can put some music on and move your fingers to the rhythm. Up, down, side to side, fast or slow. Anything goes.

You can get some finger puppets and do a simple puppet show. Get the puppets to go up, down, side to side.

Remember:Keep your hands no more then 18 inches away from their face.

How to position your baby
  • Lying on their tummy
  • Lying on their back
  • Reclined while sitting on your tummy:
    • You: Lie on your back with a pillow behind your back for support. Slide your feet toward your hips so that your calves are near the back of your thighs.
    • Baby: Sit your baby on your tummy facing you so that his back is resting against your thighs.

9. Lets look at things

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At 2 months your baby can see up to 18 inches away from his face. Your baby can also fixate on an object and follow it for a short time. You can promote this skill through play. Hold a toy or any object that you notice he finds interesting, in front of his face. Move it in different directions. Add some fun to it by singing, talking or making funny sound effects. Mobiles and Play Gyms are also fun. Get down with your baby inside the play gym and have some fun with all the dangling toys.

10. Swatting game

As you are dangling toys above your little one’s head you may notice that your baby will start swatting objects. This is an important skill that helps with hand-eyecoordination. You can use your play gym or different rattles or toys. Things that make noise or are fun and shiny. Follow your baby’s lead in what motivates them to get swatting. Watch for that excitement when they get to hit the object.

Remember:Each baby develops at their own pace. If your child is not ready or not interested in these 2 month activities, just try them again in a few weeks.

Summary of Activities your 2 month old baby

There you have it. Mytop 10 Sensory Activities for your 2 month old baby. Many exciting activities you can do today to help your child develop better. Recapping those 10 sensory activities, they are:

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1. Tummy Time
2. Talking to your baby
3. Reading
4. Magic of Human Touch
5. Floor time play
6. Moving with your baby
7. Exploring through touch
8. Let your fingers do the walking
9. Lets look at things
10. Swatting game

These are just a few activities for your 2 month old baby that are bound tospark other ideas. Just remember that every new sensory experience is helping your child’s growth and development.

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~ Urszula

Disclaimer: The activities in this blog are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.

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What are the activities of a 2 month old baby? ›

At 2-3 months, you might see more smiles, plus new facial expressions and ways of communicating. Babies might stretch, kick, move their arms and start to control their head movements. Play is how babies learn. Try talking, reading, singing and playing peekaboo to boost newborn development.

What should a 2 month old be doing developmentally? ›

Your 2-month-old is wide-eyed and curious, smiling at faces and engaging with everything around her/him. Babies at this age are social and love to interact. Here is how your little one will be growing, learning and changing during this sweet age.

Can my 2 month old watch sensory videos? ›

Is it OK for babies to watch sensory videos? Watching baby sensory videos is perfectly safe for your little one and can help to enhance visual and auditory stimulation, eye coordination and movement, particularly if your baby chooses to dance along to the music.

What colors can babies see at 2 months? ›

Babies begin to perceive colors more and more between 2 and 4 months old. To start, they're able to tell the difference between shades of greens and reds. The exact timing for when your baby will see these colors is individual, so there's no set week or month when it happens for all babies universally.

How do you hold a 2 month old baby? ›

Shoulder hold: rest baby on your chest and shoulder, supporting baby's head and neck with your hand. Place your other hand under baby's bottom. Keep your baby safe: never hold hot drinks or cook while you're holding baby. Always hold baby securely when going up or down steps.

What are some sensory play activities? ›

Sensory play ideas and activities
  • Create a sensory bin. It's simple for children to enjoy sensory play when you create a sensory bin for them to explore. ...
  • Playing with food. ...
  • Sound tubes. ...
  • Play dough. ...
  • Balance beam. ...
  • Calming bottles. ...
  • Sandbox. ...
  • Swing, swing, swing.
Jun 15, 2020

What is sensory play examples? ›

Some examples of sensory play includes exploring colour with rainbow rice, exploring texture with fluffy soap foam, or exploring smell with apple scented playdough. Many activities even explore more than one of the 5 sense; taste, hear, smell, touch and see!

What are some communication milestones for 2 month old? ›

When you smile, your baby might smile back. Babies are discovering their ability to make sounds: Soon you'll have a cooing and gurgling machine! Your baby will "talk" to you with a variety of sounds. Some babies begin to make some vowel sounds (like "ah-ah" or "ooh-ooh") during this time.

What do 2 month old babies like to watch? ›

Singing, dancing, and enjoying music is a brilliant way of engaging with your baby and helps their brain development. Playing music or singing nursery rhymes while they chill in their bouncer can keep them calm and occupied (even while you get on with the other things you have to do).

What motor skills should a 2 month old have? ›

Moving - Physical or Motor Development

Holds head up and begins to push up with arms when lying on stomach. Makes smoother movements with arms and legs. Moves both arms and both legs equally well. Brings hands to mouth.

How much TV can a 2 month old watch? ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under the age of 2 not watch any television.

Why is TV background noise bad for babies? ›

Studies say that background TV still affects babies, even though they're not actively watching: It distracts babies from interacting with their parents. They tend to play less. Their attention becomes less focused.

Is Cocomelon okay for babies? ›

Babies should not watch Cocomelon or any other programs that involve screen time. The World Health Organization recommends children abstain from sedentary screen time until 2 years of age. After this, the guide is up to 1 hour per day, but no screen time is better than some.

What is a 2 month old vision? ›

From 2 to 4 months: focusing and tracking moving objects

But if one of your baby's eyes constantly turns in toward their nose or outward away from the nose, talk with your pediatrician. At about 2 months old, babies usually are able to follow a moving object with their eyes as their visual coordination improves.

Can my 2 month old see my face? ›

As a newborn your baby will look into your eyes, especially during skin-to-skin contact and feedings. By 1 month old your baby will see your entire face. By 2 to 3 months old their ability to focus will improve. At 3 months old they will enjoy looking at black-and-white patterns.

What colors help baby brain development? ›

Shades of black and white send the strongest signals to a baby's brain, explains the Dr Sears Wellness Institute. These strong signals can help stimulate brain growth and aid in visual development. When it comes to creating a visually stimulating black and white nursery, the possibilities are endless.

Should my 2 month old be holding toys? ›

When will my baby be able to grasp objects? Your baby can grasp an object from the moment she is born . At birth, grabbing is a basic reflex. But by the time your little one is three months or four months old, she'll be actively trying to grasp things with both hands .

How often should you hold a 2 month old? ›

Parents usually start kangaroo care once or twice a day for at least one hour each time or as long as it is tolerated by your baby. The longer you hold your baby, the better. Any amount of time is good, but it is best to try for at least 1 to 2 hours each day.

How long can a 2 month old stay up? ›

Q: How much awake time for a 2 month old? A: Two month olds usually need 45 minutes - 1.75 hours of awake time between sleep periods. Periods of wakefulness tend to be shorter in the morning and lengthen throughout the day, with the last wake window usually being the longest stretch of awake time during the day.

What are examples of sensory stimulation? ›

Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses including taste, smell, vision, hearing, and touch. It can range from something as simple as a hand massage with scented lotion or listening to a playlist of favorite music to more complicated activities designed to provide a sensory experience.

What are some sensory behaviors? ›

Common symptoms of sensory seeking include:
  • Watching as others move around the room.
  • Constantly touching people or objects.
  • Being unable to sit still.
  • Constantly being on the go.
  • Jumping, spinning, or rocking.
  • Fidgeting with anything within reach.
  • Frequently picking at fingers.
  • Taking risks on the playground.
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What are the five examples of play? ›

Types of play
  • Physical play. Physical play can include dancing or ball games. ...
  • Social play. By playing with others, children learn how to take turns, cooperate and share. ...
  • Constructive play. Constructive play is where children experiment with drawing, music and building things. ...
  • Fantasy play. ...
  • Games with rules.

What is sensory play for early childhood? ›

Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of language and motor skills.

Should babies talk at 2 months? ›

In the journey to when babies will start talking, their verbal skills will progress through stages as their vocal mechanism matures and as they learn to relate to their environment, Artemenko says. First, vowel-like sounds at birth move to "coos" and "goos" at 2 to 3 months. Babbling starts around 4 months of age.

Can a 2 month old respond to sound? ›

Most newborns startle or "jump" to sudden loud noises. By 3 months, a baby recognizes and calms to a parent's voice. By 6 months, babies turn their eyes or head toward a new sound and repeat sounds.

How much tummy time should a 2 month old have? ›

In the first month, aim for 10 minutes of tummy time, 20 minutes in the second month and so on until your baby is six months old and can roll over both ways (though you should still place your baby on her stomach to play after that).

How can I stimulate my baby's brain? ›

Play ideas for encouraging newborn cognitive development

Talk to your baby often, hold your baby, and make eye contact. Read with your baby, recite nursery rhymes, or sing songs. Repeating the same song, rhyme or story is great for babies, because repetition is one of the ways they learn. Make faces with your baby.

What is cognitive development for a 2 month old? ›

By 2-4 months, a few babies can:

Figure out simple toys (like shaking a rattle to make sound). Zero in on the source of a particular sound (a doorbell, running water, etc.). Show signs of developing a memory (this object is familiar, that toys make a certain sound, etc.).

What age do babies sit up? ›

At 4 months, a baby typically can hold his/her head steady without support, and at 6 months, he/she begins to sit with a little help. At 9 months he/she sits well without support, and gets in and out of a sitting position but may require help. At 12 months, he/she gets into the sitting position without help.

What age do babies crawl? ›

Many babies learn to crawl sometime between 7 months and 10 months. But as every baby is unique, your little one might be on the move earlier or later than others. Some babies skip the crawling stage altogether. Keep in mind that all babies grow and develop at their own pace.

What age is Cocomelon for? ›

“In its core audience of 2-5 the average viewer watched each episode nearly three times in the fourth quarter alone,” according to Nielsen, information that will shock no parent of a 3-year-old. Parents are losing their minds.

What music should babies listen to? ›

Listening to classical music is a good baby calming technique. Lullabies and other tunes have been played to children for many years to lull them to sleep or to simply slow things down a little. Listening to music is a good baby calming technique, whether you are rocking your baby in your arms or swaying to the rhythm.

Should baby daytime naps be in the dark? ›

A dark, quiet environment can help encourage your baby to sleep. Put your baby to bed drowsy, but awake. Before your baby gets overtired or cranky, you might try singing soft lullabies or swaddling or massaging him or her. Eventually, your baby will learn that these activities mean it's time to rest.

Are screens bad for babies eyes? ›

Spending too long doing nearsighted activities, such as looking at a TV, computer or other digital screens, may increase a child's risk of developing myopia. Myopia is a common eye condition that can develop in early childhood.

Why should babies watch Cocomelon? ›

Nicole Beurkens, a psychologist in Grand Rapids, finds “Cocomelon” stimulating, but not overwhelming. Its bright colors help babies (whose eyesight is not fully developed) to see what's going on, and the repetition of the music is educationally valuable for children.

Can infants watch TV? ›

Babies shouldn't watch TV or use screen-based media, the AAP says. It's okay to introduce small amounts of high-quality, supervised screen time to toddlers after 18 months, but if you can wait until your child turns 2, that's even better.

What's better than Cocomelon? ›

What is better than Cocomelon? Winner of multiple accolades, including a Peabody Award and four Emmys, Classical Baby is a far more relaxed alternative to CoComelon, and helps introduce young children to classic musical arrangements by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and other classical composers.

What motor skills should a 2-month-old have? ›

Moving - Physical or Motor Development

Holds head up and begins to push up with arms when lying on stomach. Makes smoother movements with arms and legs. Moves both arms and both legs equally well. Brings hands to mouth.

What are the early signs of autism in babies 2 months? ›

Early signs of autism or other developmental delays include the following: 2 months: Doesn't respond to loud sounds, watch things as they move, smile at people, or bring hands to mouth. Can't hold head up when pushing up while on tummy.

Why is my 2-month-old drooling and chewing on hands? ›

When your baby develops motor skills like chewing on her hands, motor receptors in her mouth send signals to the brain to initiate saliva production, a sign that she may be ready to eat. Basically, your baby develops the muscles and digestive saliva just as soon as she needs it to eat solid foods. Amazing!

What should tummy time look like at 2 months? ›

Tummy Time abilities at 2 Months:
  • Spends at least one minute in Tummy Time several times a day without becoming upset, when otherwise happy.
  • Majority of Tummy Time should be done on the floor.
  • Baby may tilt their head to one side.
Mar 16, 2020

What noises should a 2 month old make? ›

At about two months, your infant may begin cooing and repeating some vowel sounds (ah-ah-ah, ooh-ooh-ooh).

How can I help my 2 month old brain development? ›

Play ideas for encouraging newborn cognitive development
  1. Talk to your baby often, hold your baby, and make eye contact.
  2. Read with your baby, recite nursery rhymes, or sing songs. ...
  3. Make faces with your baby. ...
  4. Give your baby different things to look at, about 20-30 cm from their face.
Dec 20, 2022

Do babies with autism smile? ›

Some children with autism smile to show they're happy but don't share their enjoyment. Others show little facial expression or have flat affect and rarely smile so you may not know when they're happy.

Do babies with autism laugh? ›

Young children may express more voiced than unvoiced laughter, as they haven't yet learned to purposely laugh. The test group of autistic children laughed just about as often as the non-autistic kids, but the autistic children's laughter was 98 percent voiced, while non-autistic children produced both types.

Do autistic babies play peek a boo? ›

Specifically, he makes no effort to keep the game going or to play both parts of the game (i.e. both hiding and finding). Such limited ability to play a social imitative game, like peek a boo, is a risk alert for autism.

Why does my 2 month old stick her tongue out a lot? ›

It's a habit

The tongue-thrust reflex that babies are born with includes sticking the tongue out. This helps facilitate breast or bottle feeding. While this reflex typically disappears between 4 to 6 months of age, some babies continue to stick their tongues out from habit.

Why is my 2 month old putting her fingers in her mouth? ›

Once a baby has discovered their hands, they often become the new favorite playthings, and putting them in their mouth is a form of self-exploration. When your young baby explores their hands, they are discovering that their hands belong to them and are under their control. It's a great sign of development.

Should I let my 2 month old chew on her hands? ›

Simply put, babies put their hands in their mouths because they can, and because it feels soothing. As long as the baby's hands are clean(ish) and that you and your doctor discuss a timeline for weaning from thumb sucking, chewing on their hands is nothing to be worried about.

Should I let my baby cry during tummy time? ›

If your baby cries or gets upset during tummy time, try not to automatically pick him up. Instead, comfort him in other ways first, like rubbing his back or singing soothing songs. Aim for about 30 minutes a day total, but you can break these up over the course of the day if your baby's really resistant.

Does a 2 month old baby recognize his mother? ›

Months 2 to 4: Your baby will start to recognize her primary caregivers' faces, and by the 4-month mark, she'll recognize familiar faces and objects from a distance.

What should a baby weigh at 2 months? ›

Your 2-month-old baby's growth

The average weight of a 2-month-old baby girl is 11.3 pounds; the average baby boy at 2 months weighs in at 12.3 pounds. Height averages are 22.5 inches for girls and 23 inches for boys.


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