During the second month...
- Your baby is beginning to anticipate certain events, like feeding time
- Your baby can respond to your voice with vowel-like sounds
- Your baby enjoys enjoys being held and spoken to
- Your baby may flash a hint of his first social smile between 2 and 4 months in response to a familiar person, or even a friendly-looking face
Speaking Baby: Language Games That Encourage Talking Back
Let the conversations begin. The sooner you two begin communicating, the more you'll understand each other. Playing language games is also a great way to bond with your baby. Make sounds and encourage him to imitate them. This is called a “vocal volley.” It's how he'll learn that taking turns is the key to making conversation. Look for signs that he's alert and ready to play. A good way to get coos is to hold baby in an upright position on your lap supporting his head so you are face-to-face.
Just singing, smiling and holding your baby is all the social stimulation he needs right now. To make it easier on you, he'll start staying awake for longer periods this month.
Good Things Come in Pairs
Your baby's rapid mental development is already allowing him to learn that one event can lead to another. If he's smacking his lips when he sees his bottle, it's because he knows that it's dinnertime. And more than just knowing his routine, he'll start to be comforted by it. So try to start rituals, like a bath followed by a story before bedtime, and stick to them.
Baby Games: Month Two
Put on a puppet show
Pop a stuffed animal or puppet out from behind your back or the side of the crib. Soon, he may start looking for it.
Take a walk
Weather permitting, try to establish a routine of a daily walk.