Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 2 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities. Over the next year your baby will develop various gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, also eventually those of walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Movements are more deliberate, for example, turns head to both sides when lying down
  • Moves arms and legs and ‘bicycles’ with legs when excited
  • Lifts head temporarily when lying on stomach
  • When sitting, keeps head erect; head may bob as she tries this out
  • Rolls from side to back
  • Muscle reflex is developing, e.g., body startles involuntarily

Emerging Skills

  • Can hold head up at 45 degree angle for a few minutes
  • Arms and legs cycle more smoothly
  • Arms move more symmetrically to reach for a toy

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