Four Months Old | Milestones & Growth

It’s been four months since your tiny bundle of joy made your world beautiful. The little junior now looks straight into your eyes, babbles, recognizes you, and above all melts your heart with that charming smile. Motherhood is blissful, and you get a greater realization of it when your baby completes the fourth month of his life.

Pink Bundle acquaints you with the various developmental milestones your baby would reach when he completes four months. We also share with you some simple ways to hone his capabilities.

4-Month-Old Baby Development Milestones

You may notice your baby doing some of the following by this month:

  • Holding up the head independently
  • Taking his hands to his mouth
  • Sitting up by taking support
  • Reaching for and grasping objects of interest.

Personality: Knowing Your Little One

At 4 months old, your baby will be even more curious about the world around him due to his increased mobility and cognitive awareness. He may be more sensitive to your voice tone now. When you speak in a soft, gentle tone, it will soothe and reassure him, whereas a harsher or angrier tone will let him know something is wrong. You may notice him imitating your tone through his coos and babbles. If you use certain sounds or syllables frequently, he may also be able to mimic them.

Although these are some generic personality milestones for babies, worry not if your baby doesn’t seem to be easy-going or inquisitive. Since every baby is unique, sometimes a baby who seems shyer may need more comfort and attention from the parents. Pay attention to your baby – if he seems overstimulated, overwhelmed, or withdrawn in certain situations, let him get comfortable with any new faces or new 4-month baby activities in his life, as he may need some time.

Feeding Your 4-Month-Old Baby

During this month, your baby’s nutritional needs are still met from breast milk, formula, or a combination of both. You can know about your baby’s feeding time by looking out for hunger cues that include him acting fussy, sticking his tongue out, licking his lips, or sucking on his knuckles. Generally, your baby may need up to 120 to 180 ml of milk every three to five hours. However, still, keep track of your baby’s wet and dirty diapers along with the stool frequency and consistency to ensure he’s eating well. Your doctor will also check whether your baby is eating enough by tracking his growth over time.

When To Be Concerned?

However, you should be alert if you observe certain traits that could indicate serious developmental delays. Following are the important ones:

Lacks coordinated eye movement, can’t move his gaze: The ocular muscles that control the eye movement are still developing, so there might be some lag in the movement of the both the eyes. But if the baby has a serious lack of coordination and does not appear visually alert, then there could be a problem.

Does not smile at all: Smiling is an important social activity and by four months, babies smile at least at their parents. If your baby has never smiled and seems socially detached even with you and your spouse, then you must get him checked by a doctor.

Can’t hold the head steady: It is not normal for babies to have wobbly necks by the fourth month. By now, they should be able to hold heads steady when held in arms. If the baby is not able to do so, then it could be an indicator of a muscular or physical problem.

Has stiff arms, hands, and legs: He should be able to bring hands to mouth, hold items and shake them and latch on to a finger or object when placed in his palm. When placed vertically, he will try to put his weight on his feet by exerting a force towards the ground. If his hands and arms seem stiff in general then it is definitely a red flag.

Makes no sound at all: Babies make basic babbling sounds by the age of four months and may even make attempts at imitating words spoken by a parent. If your baby does not make a sound at all and in general seems silent then it could be an indicator of a hearing or speech problem. You must take your baby to a doctor if you notice something like this.

A Day in the Life of Your Baby

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