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Child development milestones

Children develop in many ways and at different speeds. As your child gets older, they are not only physically growing, but developing socially and emotionally. From the moment your child is born, they are ready to explore and interact with the world.

By understanding development milestones, your family can support and encourage your child as they grow, and know when to seek support.

2 Months Old

At around two months you can expect your child to be able to do the following:


  • Whilst laying on tummy, baby turns their head to the side
  • Whilst laying on back, baby waves arms, legs and wiggles/squirms
  • Briefly holds a toy when you place it in their hand
  • Follows an object or person with both eyes


  • Be able to make cooing sounds such as ‘aaah’, ‘gah’, ‘ooo’
  • Baby smiles when spoken to
  • When you talk to your baby, they make sounds back to you
  • Cries when wet, hungry tired or wants to be held
  • Eye to eye contact is deliberately maintained
  • Turns to voices


NHS birth to five development timeline - comprehensive suite of activities to support development across all domains from birth to 5 broken down into age categories making it easy to find age-appropriate ideas. - reading resources - resources to chat, play and read - easy and cheap messy play ideas for in the home - easy and cheap/free activity ideas to promote sensory development - range of activities parents can do with their child to promote communication and language - range of easy/free activities parents can do with their child to promote social and emotional development - comprehensive directory of nursery rhymes to sing along to complete with video animations

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child’s development, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

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