Updated on May 11, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
At two months, your baby is experiencing everything for the very first time, and the world is both fascinating and overwhelming at the same time. Creating little activities for your baby can help it to feel a little less overwhelming while giving you some hands-free time to do what you need to.
We also include free activities for two-month-olds towards the end of the article that will bring a lot of joy.
16 Engaging Activities for 2-Month-Olds
Tummy time is incredibly essential for babies, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting it the day you get home from the hospital. Tummy time helps them to build neck strength and, later, upper body strength and allows them to get used to exploring the world around them in a more independent way. Tummy time mats are a great way to make this activity even more stimulating.
At two months old, babies are learning how to grasp onto objects, and you can turn this into a fun and stimulating activity for your little one. I loved to use a play mat with overhanging toys with my son. It is the perfect way to stimulate their mind and let them practice the reach-and-grab skills that they’re learning.
3. iPlay Rattle
With the same grabbing skill that we mentioned above, rattles and other small instruments are a great way to play with your little one. While they might not have the dexterity to create sounds purposefully, they will have fun shaking it, holding onto it, and looking at the bright colors.
Music is excellent for baby’s brain development and is a stimulating activity to occupy your little one’s attention. The best part of this is that it can be combined with tummy time, time playing on the mat, or time in their swing or bouncer.
While they aren’t quite to the point where they will find their own feet yet, it’s never too early to start encouraging active play. I loved to use these sock rattles and bracelets with my son because it was a fun way to help him to reach for his feet, and the sounds when he moves always kept him busy for a while.
On a warm day, it’s great to take your little one outside for some fresh air and sunshine. My favorite way to do this was to take the Pack-N-Play outside and let him rest inside of it while he watched the world around him. If it’s a little too sunny out, you can always throw a blanket over the top and let your baby enjoy listening through the mesh sides.
Babies need a lot of snuggle time for the first few months of life and can benefit from having quality skin-to-skin time with their parents. Babywearing has become such a big thing with parents. It allows you to have your hands free for other tasks while still providing your baby with that necessary physical contact.
Reading may still be quite a way off, but a fun and stimulating activity for your baby could always include books. Texture books are a fun way to introduce different feelings to your baby and can get them accustomed to learning through touch.
A great way to keep your baby busy and happy is to let them sit and relax in a bouncer. Most bouncers have different settings that can make it vibrate or even play music, and most have an overhanging piece with attached toys. Bouncers create a relaxing yet stimulating environment for your little one to rest in after a busy day of being cute.
10. Baby Lounger
Babies sleep for fifteen or sixteen hours a day at two months old, and they need that rest for their brains to fully develop on time. It can be helpful to let them nap where you can keep a close eye on them and monitor their sleep, and baby loungers make it so much easier to move them where you need to be.
Eyesight isn’t fully developed at two months old yet, but babies can see things around 18 inches away from their faces. Setting a mirror in front of them during tummy time is a fun activity as they discover their face staring back at them.
When our daughter was two-months-old, we first introduced her to the swimming pool. Now I know babies can’t swim at this age, but it’s still a good thing to get your baby connected and familiar with the water. Since she was born in July, we spent a lot of our time at the pool. I think that is why she has grown so much to love the water; even bath times are a breeze for her. Being in the water will engage your infant’s body in an amazingly unique way.
When your baby is two-months-old, you may start to notice that he/she will begin learning how to smile. My daughter was 1-month-old when I took the first pictures of her smiling, and I’ll never forget that moment. As you’re laughing with your baby, you can encourage them to smile back at you as they coo. By showing your baby a happy face, it shows them how to use facial expressions in different situations. The National Center for Infants has told parents that you can never spoil a 2-month-old by giving them too much of your affection. A great way to do this is to play peek-a-boo.
In the times that your baby is awake, talking to your little one in soothing tones will introduce him/her to any guests that may visit. Taking your baby to visit any relatives can sometimes can cause uneasiness at first depending on the environment, so make sure you select a place that is calm where they won’t be alarmed by any loud noises. Give your baby a soothing massage to help them control their emotions, which will also give both you and your baby time to connect.
According to the Oregon Health and Science University Center, they recommend massages as a way for parents to read a baby’s need so they can recognize when they’re in discomfort. My favorite time to give my daughter her massages is right after her bath time with a soothing lotion.
My daughter loved bath time from the very beginning, as she never cried even once when we started giving her baths. In the first couple of months of your child’s life, bath time will usually be a quiet time before bed to soothe them before they fall asleep. As they only have limited control of their body, you will need to hold them in a safe grip. You can add a gentle, soothing baby wash that will help make bath time enjoyable for both you and your baby.
You can place a warm washcloth over their tummy (this was my daughter’s favorite) and can talk to them in a soothing tone. You can sway your baby in upward and downward motions in the water to help them stimulate the sense of movement. Later on, this will help enhance their coordination.
16. Tiny Love Mobile
When you introduce lights and colors to your baby, you are showing them the start of sensory development. One essential activity is hanging a bright or colorful toy over your baby’s crib. As they become attracted to those lights, they will eventually start trying to reach out to them. Reaching will lead them to stretch their body, which will give them physical exercise. Playtime with toys that come with bright lights and colors will keep your baby engaged and swatting away.
Best Free Activities
1. Go For a Walk
As you take your infant outside for their daily walk, they are reaping many benefits. Researchers say that walking outside will improve your baby’s sleep quality. The fresh air and Vitamin D can become absorbed from being outside, which can establish an infant’s circadian rhythm soon. Establishing an infant’s circadian rhythm will help them sleep more. When you’re out with your infant, there is more for them to see, smell, and hear. Even though they sleep most of the time, if they’re awake during their walking period, they will be able to process their environment, which can lead to earlier language development.
2. Sing a Lullaby
My grandmother’s favorite lullaby to sing me to sleep was, “You Are My Sunshine.” Since I became a mama, this is the one lullaby I have continued to sing to my daughter every night when I put her to sleep. As you are using different dynamics in your singing, your baby will try to respond to your voice. They may not be able to coo or speak yet, but they will be able to respond by a smile or through their eyes. Any facial expression shows that your baby is processing what you are singing.
As you are home, you can turn on the music and hold your little one against your chest. Sway back and forth and make some cool moves to keep in sync with the music. Some experts believe that dancing will help your baby develop an interest in music, which can strengthen the bond between them and the parent.
In a room that is warm and quiet, undress your baby down to their diaper. You can begin to massage in sections, but I always start with their legs. Gently stroke their legs, belly, and arms. By giving these gentle massages, it will help strengthen those areas and will help them process your touch, which is essential for their development overall.
During the periods your baby is awake, lay them in front of you and just begin to smile. Are they looking at your back? Try to see if your baby is registering your emotion yet. Each time that your baby looks at you smile, you are encouraging them to smile back. The more you do this, the more they begin to pick up. It’s such a fun activity to do for the parent and baby, and before you know it, they’ll be running around smiling and laughing always!
6. Expression of Love
Even during the infant stage, babies can process emotion. Each time that you pick your baby up and say, ” I love you.” You may think they are too young to handle this, but as he/she gets older, it will help them with their emotional development, along with the process of touch.
Experts say that even when your baby is a newborn, it is never too early to start reading to them. Introduce them to books as soon as you can. The introduction of books will help build their cognitive skills. As you sit down to rock your baby, you can read them a short story, and you may even notice their eyes following your mouth and voice. It will become one of their first learning experiences.
8. Hold Your Finger
Every day as you’re holding your baby, have them hold onto your finger. This simple activity will help them connect with you and build their emotional bonding. It will also help them improve their senses. Simply holding your finger can help them stay calm and improve their patterns of sleep.
9. Talking and Interaction
During your baby’s awake period, talk with them, and express interaction. When my daughter was 2-months-old, I would still have full conversations with her. As you speak with your baby and get them to listen to your voice, they will start to understand that you’re giving off sound. This activity will help them when they begin to make their cooing sounds in response.
10. Family Get Together
Having family come over to your home will help your baby see and meet new people to develop their comfort in socialization. It will encourage them to hear different voices and will increase their ability to better interact with others, so they do not become confused. Remember to remind your guests not to be too loud, as loud noises can still frighten them at this age.
By the time your baby is two-months-old, you’ll start to have a feeling of what they like, and they don’t. You’ll be able to interpret what their cries and their coos even mean. As you introduce all of these activities to your little one, it will start to aid them in the beginning stages of their development. Use those short periods when they are awake as an opportunity to show your baby that play can help them with their physical and social development.