Here's what you might see your baby doing
between the ages of 2 and 4 months.
- Crying gradually becomes less
- Displays greater variety of emotions:
distress, excitement, delight.
- May begin to sleep through the night.
- Smiles, gurgles and coos, particularly
when talked to.
- Shows more distress when an adult
- Quiets down when held or talked to.
- Cannot conceive of an object existing
if it cannot be sensed.
- Focuses better, but still no more than
- Follows objects by moving head from
side to side.
- Prefers brightly colored objects.
- Knows difference between male and
- Knows the difference between angry and
- Movements become increasingly
- Lifts chest momentarily when lying on
- Holds head steady when held or seated
- Discovers hands and fingers.
- Grasps with more control.
- May bat at dangling objects with
Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe
exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's
development. While certain behaviors and physical milestones
tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and
behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are
offered as a way of showing a general progression through
the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements
for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly
natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and
other milestones later than the general trend.
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health