2 months old: Emotional development

2 months old: Emotional development

Your baby’s emotional development at 2 months old. Follow your baby’s milestones step-by-step.

Emotional development allows children to understand, express, and manage their emotions as they grow. Children also develop the ability to recognize and interpret the emotions of others, which helps them build relationships with those around them.

Emotional development: 2 months old

At this age:

  • Your baby may begin to express emotions, such as anger, fear, and joy.
Remember that not all children develop the same skills at the same speed. The material on this website is for general information purposes only. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, speak with a doctor.
  • They cry or make sounds to communicate their feelings. For example, your baby might coo when they’re happy, and their cries might sound different depending on whether they’re tired or upset.
  • They know how to express discomfort. For instance, they might become agitated, tense up, or cry when they hear a loud noise.
  • Your baby can calm themselves down by sucking their thumb or a pacifier.
  • They prefer to be entertained by a person rather than an object or a toy.
  • They smile at you intentionally.
  • They like to be cuddled and are soothed by physical affection.

Over the next few weeks, your baby will begin to do the following:

  • Relax and snuggle when someone holds them in their arms.
  • Show fear, happiness, and anger through facial expressions.

How can you help your baby progress?

Every child is different and develops at their own pace. That said, you can help foster your baby’s development by adopting the Comfort, Play, and Teach parenting approach, which can easily be integrated into your daily routine. The table below outlines small, age-specific actions you can take that will benefit your child’s emotional development.

When your baby sends signals that they want affection and you respond with cuddles,
they feel reassured and understood.
When you meet your baby’s needs consistently and appropriately,
they learn that you understand them and are encouraged to communicate with you more frequently.
When your baby is tired of playing and you give them space,
they learn that their feelings are important and valued.
When you act out scenarios while mimicking your baby’s facial expressions and those of others,
your baby smiles and is encouraged to mimic you and others.
When you follow a daily routine with your baby,
they know what to expect and feel safe.
When you talk to your baby and explain what’s going on—for example, by saying, “I know that loud noise scared you, but don’t worry, it’s just a passing truck,”—
your baby learns about their environment, their emotions, and their reactions. They’re reassured by your voice.


Naître et grandir

Scientific review: Chloé Gaumont, M.Sc., psychoeducator
Research and copywriting: The Naître et grandir team
Updated: November 2020


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