Your Baby at 4 Months
What Most Babies Do at this Age:
- Smiles spontaneously, especially at people
- Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops
- Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning
- Begins to babble
- Babbles with expression and copies sounds he/she hears
- Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain or being tired
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
- Lets you know if he/she is happy or sad
- Responds to affection
- Reaches for toy with one hand
- Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
- Follows moving things with eyes from side to side
- Watches faces closely
- Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance
- Holds head steady, unsupported
- Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface
- May be able to roll over from tummy to back
- Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys
- Brings hands to mouth
- When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbows
The Milestone Child Development Chart is shown Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
What You Can Do for Your Four-Month-Old:
- Hold and talk to your baby; smile and be cheerful while you do.
- Set steady routines for sleeping and feeding.
- Pay close attention to what your baby likes and doesn’t like; you will know how best to meet his/her needs and what you can do to make your baby happy.
- Copy your baby’s sounds.
- Act excited and smile when your baby makes sounds.
- Have quiet play times when you read or sing to your baby.
- Give age-appropriate toys to play with, such as rattles or colorful pictures.
- Play games such as peek-a-boo.
- Provide safe opportunities for your baby to reach for toys and explore his/her surroundings.
- Put toys near your baby so that he/she can reach for them or kick his/her feet.
- Put toys or rattles in your baby’s hand and help him/her to hold them.
- Hold your baby upright with feet on the floor, and sing or talk to your baby as he/she “stands” with support.