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After four weeks of new parenthood, tons of questions, and getting to know your little guy, you should be feeling a tad more confident with your parenting skills. Your kid switches from a totally puzzling creature to a baby who follows more predictable patterns for eating, sleeping, and playing. Armed with your new knowledge and your little one's routine, your workload lightens up a bit. As you watch your child grow and develop each day, you should see new skills cropping up almost overnight. Make sure that your babe is on track so you know what to expect and how to help him grow.
Starts Smiling. Being a parent can be a thankless job during those first few months. You're up at all hours, and you're responsible for the care and feeding of a really demanding tiny human—but all of that work starts to pay off when your baby finally cracks his first gummy smile. Babies start to grin on purpose at about two months of age, so you'll have his happy face to look forward to.
- Give your little one a ton of different facial expressions to observe. He loves looking at faces, so you'll probably get a grin back when you show off your pearly whites, frown, open your mouth wide, or laugh.
- Experiment with stuff that could get your baby beaming. Surprise him with a game of peek-a-boo, a finger dance, a lip-syncing session to a favorite tune or a noisy toy. Grins are contagious, so keep a camera close for some snap-worthy moments with mama!
Gets Vocal. During the first month your baby's voice box is mostly limited to crying. But during the second month, he'll start trying other methods of vocalization on for size. A two-month-old starts combining smiles with jabbering, according to pediatrician Tisa Johnson-Hooper. Expect your baby to start "developing a social smile, respond to a smile with a smile, and start open mouth vocalization," notes Johnson-Hooper.
- Encourage all that cooing, jabbering, and noise with sounds of your own. Dr. Johnson-Hooper notes that talking and singing to your baby are excellent ways to encourage your little one to make noise on his own.
- Mimic sounds back to your baby when he coos. It's great for him to hear the sounds he's making back, and he'll be more likely to parrot the noises again in a game of sound ping-pong.
Gains Control of His Head. We all know that the right way to hold a baby is to cradle his head and neck, and while you'll still need to be super-gentle with your little one, you'll notice that he starts to control his head on his own during this time. For some babies, it simply means resisting against a supporting hand, or lifting his head up when laying on his tummy.
- Keep up with the tummy time exercises. You should be sneaking in three five-minute spurts each day. Just make sure you're always supervising when your babe has tummy time, and rescue him when he seems unhappy—it has to be a positive experience for him to be willing to do it repeatedly.
- Continue supporting his head when you're holding him, giving baths, or allowing older siblings to take part. While your baby has better head control, his neck muscles aren't strong enough to hold his head up altogether.