The first real smiles
This month all your efforts will be rewarded with beaming, toothless baby smiles. The first genuine smiles are certainly among parenting's most heartwarming milestones. In a sense it's payback time. You've been diaper changing, feeding, bathing, kissing and cuddling without much response from your little bundle of joy. But one day, it happens: Your baby smiles, and you're certain he wasn't just passing wind. This will probably delight you, even if you've just had your worst night yet.
For Rob, that first smile from his six-week-old daughter Holly brought tears to his eyes. "It was a lousy day at work," he recalls. "I was sleep-deprived and the traffic that day was terrible. When I finally got home and my wife handed me the baby, who looked straight at me and smiled this gorgeous all-gums grin, I remember thinking, 'She knows me' -- and nothing else mattered."
(Meanwhile, tell us when your baby smiled for the first time and see what others have to say!)
A growing preference for complex designs
By two months of age, a baby begins to move beyond his early preferences for two-colour objects toward more detailed and complicated designs, colours and shapes. Let your baby look at and touch a wider variety of objects now -- good choices include plastic toys and soft balls.
Sleeping for longer chunks of time
If your baby is sleeping through the night now you're one of the lucky few. Most babies will still want a middle-of-the-night feed at two months, or even a couple of feeds. But the good news is, he should be sleeping for longer stretches and staying awake for longer periods of time. Most two-month-olds have two to four long sleep periods.
Movements less jerky
He will now be coordinating his movements better. You'll notice that the jerky arm and leg movements of his newborn days have given way to smoother, more circular motions. Your two-month-old is also able to grab objects voluntarily now, though letting go comes later. In the early days grabbing was mostly involuntary and instinctive.