Developmental Milestones For 4-Month-Old Baby

Hi beautiful mommies. All your postpartum woes are a story of the past now. You can now step out of the house with your bubbly little baby ...

Hi beautiful mommies. All your postpartum woes are a story of the past now. You can now step out of the house with your bubbly little baby and feel awed by all the admiration the champ receives from well-wishers around. Your munchkin has grown up a bit by bit every day and has entered its fourth month. The little one's coos and gurgles are music to your ears. In addition to the delightful sounds, a lot more is happening to the little brain and body this month.

Developmental Milestones For 4-Month-Old Baby

Most Prominent Aspects

Your baby makes noises and is not just crying. Now that is a fantastic respite, isn’t it? Along with the cooing, there will be some drooling too. This is the earliest sign of their first teeth. The first tooth will take some more months to appear, but the tingling sensation will begin for many babies. If your baby’s head rests on your shoulder for long, you will feel a wet patch there...don’t worry. It is just your munchkin’s drool!

Skills and Physical Development

The sense of touch is getting better: Your little one is getting better with the sense of touch. Babies even develop texture preferences. Let them try out different textures and you will soon notice that they like one texture more than the rest.

Early signs of speech development: Amid the incoherent but musical cooing of your baby, you will notice consonant sounds such as ‘puh’ ‘buh’ and ‘muh’. If you follow closely you will figure out your baby’s happy and distressed sounds. The ‘puh’ and ‘buh’ is mostly uttered in between cries of unhappiness. When babies feel joyous and gleeful they tend to utter ‘juh’ and ‘kuh’ sounds, but with a lot of drool of course!

A full roll: Your bonny baby has stronger back and stomach muscles now. She can lift up her head properly without support. And now it is time for a good roll. Some babies may start early and some a little late, but on average, babies begin rolling by the 4th month.

More intake lesser number of feeds: Babies who needed a feed every two hours, can now go without a feed for 4 to 5 hours, especially at night. The tiny stomach is growing bigger and it can hold more milk. So your baby takes in more milk at one feeding relieving you of your hourly night duty.

Cognitive Development

Understanding tunes: Your baby’s brain is beginning to process various tunes and sounds. When they are sleepy, put on a soothing music and watch your baby slowly doze off. Play a dance number and your baby will try to express her jumpy mood with little sounds of glee.

Distinguishing shades: Your baby’s vision is no more fuzzy and blurry. At four months it can not only see clearly but also distinguish between prominent shades. Bright yellow, green, orange, and pink will attract the baby more than dull grey, brown, and blue. Open up a big book with colorful photos and watch your little one cheer up with wonder.

Developmental Milestones

Social and Emotional Development

Gaining trust: All this while your baby was completely dependent on you. But by the fourth month she begins to understand that there are different people around her. Mom, dad, and other close-knit caregivers such as grandparents make her feel secure. But new faces may cause the little ones some worry.

Eager to play: The newborn who used to sleep most of the day, is beginning to enjoy her waking hours. 4-month-old babies find other babies amusing. If you visit a pediatrician’s clinic where there are several babies, you will be surprised to watch them trying to interact with one another. They are beginning to take interest in toys, especially the one that makes noise.

Involvement Of Parents

Let them explore textures: Touching everything around is the most favorite game of these toothless tubbies. Keep the home clean and let them explore different objects. Rubber ducks, furry toys, mirrors, and muslin cloth make great playthings. Help them to touch, feel and understand these things.

Create interesting sounds: You don’t need any special thing to make an interesting noise. Take empty plastic jar and tin bowls or bottles and fill them with a little cereal, pasta, beads, or even bells. Shake it around for your baby to hear and figure out the source of the sound.

Talk to your baby: Babies can understand their mothers from the womb. But talking to your baby with shrill but loving tone will encourage her to make sounds as well. This, in turn, will help her speech development and who does not want a cute little voice calling you around the house!

Babies take their own sweet time to grow up. So enjoy every moment and don’t fret over a milestone if your baby has not reached it yet. Be patient and show that you love your buttercup. And that’s the best way to bond with your little one.


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