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My 2-month-old baby starts to pay attention

2 month old baby smiling to caregiver

During their first month, your baby spent most of the time sleeping and eating. That’s totally normal, but, as time goes by, you’ll see that your 2-month-old baby becomes more alert.

They will be awake for longer periods of time and, because of that, you’ll see changes in your little one’s behavior, especially in their capacity to pay attention and communicate with the people around them.

Attention span of a 2-month-old baby

During your baby’s first month of life, the most efficient way of communicating with you was by crying. However, in the second month, you’ll see that they start to use other methods to let you know how they’re feeling and what grabs their attention. For example, by turning their gaze or listening to certain stimuli. Sometimes it will seem as if they’re listening to you since their ability to recognize certain sounds and familiar voices is developing. Also, maybe they’ll look at you when you hold them and, sometimes, they’ll move to react to stimuli that they find interesting.


After the first month, your baby will become more receptive and will be more alert. Their ability to pay attention will increase and they’ll become fond of human faces and voices. Also, they will be able to observe objects that are one foot away (20-30 cm), especially those that are colorful, bright, or make a sound. They will start looking for the source of the sounds as well by moving their head in that direction.

Also, from this age, your 2-month-old baby will surprise you with their first social smiles and other cute gestures. But they’ll also try to let you know when they are bored, annoyed, or lose interest in an activity.

This stage is a great opportunity to interact more with your little one. Their greater capacity of attention will allow you to do more activities and see how they respond to them. This will be vital for the development of new skills. From now on, you’ll be the focus of their attention, which will give you the chance to strengthen the quality interactions you have with them.

Lastly, remember that your baby’s development might not be exactly the same as the development of other kids; sometimes children can take longer or are ahead of others. These new skills can also show before or after the months we’ve mentioned in the article. However, don’t forget to keep stimulating your little one to favor their development. What’s important is that they learn at their own pace and keep progressing.

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