Hearing your baby say those very first words is undeniably exciting. It’s a step you certainly don’t want to miss, but for many parents, it can be a frustratingly long wait. Most babies will spend their first two years learning…
Published April 03, 2008 by
Your Baby Begins to Look More at You
At two to three months, babies look more at their parents than at strangers.This helps you feel that your baby has formed a preference for you, which, in turn, strengthens your affection and love for your baby.
In actuality, of course, babies begin to look more at their parents because they see them the most - they recognize them.Hence, you become one of the first memories your baby constructs.Babies also like to watch things that change a little bit each time they look at them.Because faces change all the time, your face is an ideal stimulus.
Babies at this age are beginning to “understand’ what faces are.Two month olds can differentiate pictures with scrambled faces from those with faces with correctly placed features.By three months, babies may be able to discriminate facial expressions well enough to identify the eyes, nose, and mouth.Also, your baby will start to remember you and recognize you in other ways let alone know you are different from their rocking horse.
The Social Smile
Not only do babies smile more, they begin to smile socially-that is, they smile at people more than at things.These early smiles probably reflect more the fact that faces are familiar objects than that a truly social process is taking place.Nevertheless, when you smile at your baby, your baby can smile in response.There is nothing like those first smiles to make you fall in love with your baby all over again.
Your Baby Becomes a More Active Participant
In “talking” to their infants, parents perform what in adult conversations would be socially inappropriate behaviors just to get their babies to look and smile at them.
We make all sorts of funny exaggerated, funny faces when we look at our babies.The routine parents go through with their babies has been described as a dance.Your baby looks at you, locks his eyes on yours, and then looks away.You then use your routine of funny faces to get your baby to look back at you.It is as if the two of you are taking turns in a finely tuned conversation or dialogue.
By three months, your baby will assume a greater role as the initiator of the sequence of play and interaction.In the first month, your baby followed your lead; at three months, your baby can begin the dance as well.
Your Baby Becomes Adjusted to Your Rhythms
Your two month old is beginning to adjust to your biological rhythms.Most babies will now sleep through the night and feed more regularly and less often.Failure to make these adjustments to your sleeping and waking patterns can be a major source of strain on your relationship with your baby and your spouse.Especially fatigued parents have a hard time enjoying their babies.If your baby continues crying excessively and does not seem to be falling into any sort of routine with you, a call to the pediatrician might be in order.