4 Month Old Baby

4 Month Old Baby

With a 4 month old baby, things get a lot easier because by this age, babies are able to sleep for longer periods of time during the night and are in a good mood most of the time. On the other hand, they become increasingly interested in their surroundings which means that you should be starting childproofing your home.

What To Expect:
By the age of 4 months, your baby’s head should no longer be wobbling and he or she should double the weight from birth. A 4 months old baby has relatively good head control while in a sitting position and has no difficulties holding the neck and head upright while laying on the stomach. Your baby may even surprise himself or herself and roll over during tummy time. So be well prepared when changing the diaper to be able to catch your baby if he or she decides to roll over. Your baby’s vision is getting better and he or she is able to distinguish between similar colors. However, he or she will probably still prefer bright colors. By the age of 4 months, your baby should be able to follow people with his or her eyes smoothly and his or her eyes should be well aligned. If you are still noticing eye crossing by the age of 4 months, visit your pediatrician because it may be a sign of esotropia (inward turned eye). A 4 months old baby explores the surrounding with his or her hands and grabs just about anything he or she can reach. So you better watch your hair and earrings if you do not want to experience how strong your baby can tug. Since all the objects that will end up in your baby’s hands will end up in his or her mouth too, be sure to remove all smaller objects that pose a risk of choking from the floor and your baby’s reach. And do not forget about placing cleaning agents and other hazardous products to the upper cabinets. Babies at 4 months of age start “talking“ through cooing, squealing, gurgling and vowel sounds such as “ah“ and “oh“. You may be even able to hear ma-ma or da-da while he or she attempts to respond to your voice. Do not get too excited though because at this age, babies do not know what it means yet.

What You Need To Know:
At the age of 4 months, it is time for a routine check-up to make sure that your baby is developing normally as well as for some more immunizations. Be sure to ask your pediatrician what vaccines your baby should receive and make an appointment for immunization. Generally, it is OK to start introducing solid foods at the age of 4 months although some doctors recommend to wait until the age of 6 months. Your baby is getting all the necessary nutrients and energy from your breast milk or formula, so there is no need to worry about your baby not obtaining enough nutrients and calories for healthy growth and development. On the other hand, bigger babies may have greater nutritional requirements. Please consult with your pediatrician if it is OK to start giving your baby solid foods and which ones.

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