The second month of child development and growth.
After the first month, the complicated initial period of adaption is overcome and a strong bond is established of adaptation is established between the baby and her family totally recovered from giving birth and increasingly understands her baby’s needs and temperament. Moreover, she gradually adjusts to the child’s feeding times and periods of sleep and wakefulness. The baby’s greater activity and responsiveness and the parents’ greater confidence, mark the start of a period
of great joy for the family. Even so, it is normal to have doubts and anxiety about some aspects of a baby’s heath and development and these should be shared with the doctor.
A baby can keep her head at 45 degrees or more from its supporting surface, and she can hold it up
for over 10 seconds. She takes interest in the forms, colors, and textures of objects, and starts to
differentiate between them. She baby starts to smile. She coordinates movements better
She starts to pronounce her first clear sounds. These sounds are close to the vowels A and E. She starts to sleep for longer periods.
The second-month Physical development
• The baby’s movements become increasingly more complex (albeit still uncoordinated). The
following are particularly noteworthy:
- Lying face up. She moves her arms and legs, which tend to be bent Greater mobility is evident
- Lying face down. She supports herself on her arms and raises her head for a few seconds.
- Pulling with the arms to achieve a sitting position. The head hangs backward but remains raised for a few moments when the upright position is reached.
- Hands. These are often open.
• She keeps her head upright for short periods.
• She holds small objects for brief periods.
For at least the first 6 months of life, your baby must sleep face up, on a stiff surface and without too much covering. Sleeping in the parents’ bed is to be avoided.