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Developmental Checklist: 1-2 Months

Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Cycles arms and legs when on back.
  • May remain in seated position for a minute or longer before toppling.
  • Tight-fisted grip loosens.
  • May hold object placed into hands for few moments--and try to eat it.
  • May swipe at items in front of him.
  • On stomach, lifts and holds head 45 degrees.
  • Turns and otherwise responds to sound.
  • May sleep four to seven hours a night, with two or three daytime naps.
  • Patterns of sleep, waking, feeding, crying may still be varied and disorganized.
  • Moves bowels often (3 to 4 times daily).
  • Stares at objects that are 12-24" away, begins to coordinate eye movements.

Intellectual Development

  • Differentiates between mother, father, and strangers.
  • Reacts to sounds, either by crying, startling, or quieting.
  • Stares indefinitely at surroundings, especially large moving objects.
  • Anticipates familiar activities.
  • Shows great regard for his own hand.
  • Prefers looking at patterns and representations of a human face.
  • Begins to expect feeding at certain intervals.

Social And Emotional Development

  • Tries to focus on face or voice.
  • Stays awake longer if people interact with him.
  • Quiets when held or spoken to.
  • May smile when smiled at.

Language Development

  • Coos.
  • Vocalizes when talked to.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education