2-Month Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.


Healthy Habits


Provide a safe environment for your child.


Do not give aspirin to a child or youth under age 20. It has been linked to a rare but serious disease called Reye syndrome.

Use this chart to find out how much acetaminophen you can give your baby. Dosages listed are for medicine concentration of 160mg/5ml. Ask your baby's doctor or nurse if you have any questions.

Age Weight Syrup
Younger than 4 months Less than 12 pounds 1/4 tsp or 1.25 ml
4-11 months 12-17 pounds 1/2 tsp or 2.5 ml

Year of Wonder

Here are some things you can look forward to in the months ahead. The chart shows normal development for ages 1 to 12 months:

Age Movement Vision Language Social
1 to 3 months Raises chest and head when on tummy.

Grasps and shakes toys.

Stretches and kicks legs.

Brings hand to mouth.
Follows moving objects.

Knows familiar faces.

Stares at faces.
Smiles when you talk.


Imitates some sounds.

Turns head toward sound.
Smiles when smiled at.

Enjoys playing with other people.

New expressions with face.
4 to 7 months Rolls both ways.

Sits without support.

Reaches with one hand.

Transfers objects from hand to hand.
Develops full color vision.

Distance vision improves.

Tracks moving objects.
Responds to own name.

Babbles, laughs.

Uses voice to express happiness and sadness.
Enjoys playing.

Interested in mirrors.

Responds to other people's expressions of emotions.
8 to 12 months Gets to sitting position alone.

Crawls forward on belly.

Pulls to stand.

Walks holding on to furniture.
Finds hidden objects.

Picks up objects with thumb and forefinger.
Says "mama" and "dada."

Says "Oh oh."

Pays attention to speech.

Tries to imitate words.
Shy with strangers.

Cries when mom leaves.

Finger-feeds self.

Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed.

Safe Toys


Newborns can hear well and will respond to sounds. If your baby does not respond to sounds or if you have a family history of childhood hearing loss, tell your baby's health care provider at the next well-child visit.

Preventing Sleep Problems

Suggested Reading

Next well-child visit: 4 months

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013