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Baby Developmental Milestones: Months 1-2

The first year flies by. Before you know it, you’ll have a toddler walking around keeping you on your toes. As your baby continues to grow, they will develop in four areas – social, language, large motor development, and small motor development.

Here are the developmental milestones your baby will reach during their first couple of months.

Month 1 – 2

Your baby is learning about the world around them during their first couple of months. They’re vision is pretty fuzzy, so they will enjoy close objects (within 30 inches).


Milestone smile

Your baby loves being held, hugged, and massaged, as touch is an important part of their wellbeing. Your voice is also soothing and exciting, so sing and coo and talk to them as much as possible.

Baby’s social development during this time will include:

  • Quieting down when a voice is heard
  • Staring at parents when they speak
  • A smile in response to various stimuli


Though your baby can’t talk, they are already learning verbal cues and trying to vocalize. The primary way to communicate for baby is through crying – and you should expect that to go on for at least three hours a day.

Other ways baby will communicate:

  • Throaty sounds
  • Makes noises other than crying
  • Vocalizes to familiar noises or voices

Large and small motor development

milestone dangle objects

Your baby’s body is wonderfully made, and it continues to transform with each passing month. Right now, your baby is developing the muscles and movements needed to become a mover.

Large and small motor development during the first two months include:

  • Turning the head from side to side when laying on the back
  • Lifting head almost 45 degrees when on the stomach
  • A strong grasp reflex in month one that decreases into month two
  • Following dangled objects with eyes

Related: First Year Milestones: A Month-by-Month Guide



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