4 Month Old Baby

4 Month Old Baby


Child Development, Your Baby at 4 Months

Your baby is already 4 months, and you watch as he pronounces the first sounds, babbles, tries to pronounce the sound "m". You so want to push him, to hear faster the long-awaited "mama". Besides the kid has begun to change even externally-new hairs of another color start to grow, eyes color is generated, they can be brown or green. The life becomes more orderly, the kid has become a member of the family, and routine work is significantly increased.

At 4 months the colicky pain torments the kid less, and he can sleep at night much longer without waking up, allowing the parents to relax. Sometimes the kids confuse day with night and sleep 6 hours during the daytime, and at night are awake.

But one thing is certain-any action expresses certain feelings, attitudes towards the surrounding reality. He cries and laughs, and these actions are quite sensible. Prior to that, he just attracted the attention of adults, now the baby himself shows interest in "adulthood". He may experience fear, curiosity, joy and even frustratiion.

For the child to develop steadily, he needs constant communication with parents. Care is associated with pleasant feelings, and when the adults come to him he gleefully smiles, babbles, unwilling to share you with anyone and anything. He must be taken care of because the kid rolls over easily from the back on the tummy and vice versa.

Child Development at 4 Months

What he should be able to do:

  • recognize the mother, or the person who is next and cares for him more than others;
  • recognize familiar voices and distinguish them from other unfamiliar;
  • sing songs, say the first syllables;
  • grasp the toys with one or two hands;
  • know his name and respond to it;
  • raise the head along with shoulders;
  • show emotions seeing familiar and unfamiliar things;
  • play with the breast or a bottle during feeding.

Child Care at 4 Months

Little kids love gymnastics, massage, swimming. Make a rule every morning to wash the face and wipe the eyes with tampons of fresh warm water. Clean the ears and the nose with special devices-cotton wool sticks. The kids become more active, so you need to carefully trim the nails for them not to get hurt. The kid doesn't like to stay alone, carefully watches the person next to him, reacts to the presence of the mother and of a loved one.

If he is naughty, you can calm him by taking to  the hands – so he feels the maternal warmth. Besides the mom needs to prepare mentally- at the age of four months the first teeth begin to appear. It is necessary to buy and give the child silicone rings to massage and mash the gums. A lot of saliva is effused, there can be even an eruption on the chin. To prevent diaper rash and irritation, leave the baby for a while to contact with the air with open buttocks and legs.

Child Nutrition at 4 Months

On the 4-th month of life many little ones are still breastfed, fundamental changes are not happening, except for the introduction of the first complementary foods. Kids who get artificial meals also continue to eat  adapted formula. As complementary foods you can already try to give the baby a fruit puree (25-30 grams) and juices (25-30 grams). The complementary foods are given half an hour before feeding, preferably in the morning. Water shall be given only in cases where there are frequent constipations.

Breast feeding should better be given to your baby on demand, totally 6 feedings. The most resistant survive 3.5-4 hours between feedings, and at night up to 6 hours. With a good weight gain this is enough, but if the child often asks for the breast and is crying, perhaps, he does not get enough milk. Contact your pediatrician that he should advise a suitable formula. The kid should receive food 1/7 of the mass of the child a day, up to a total of 1 liter of milk or formulas.

The Day Regime of the Child at 4 Months

4 month old baby boy and girl


Regardless of whether the child is asleep or awake, you need to walk with him outdoors for a large amount of time. In the warmer months, you can be outdoors almost all day. In winter the temperature limitation is 10-15 degrees below zero. It is not worth to go out for a walk when there is a sharp cold wind and rain-it is better to stay in a loggia or balcony or veranda.

Intervals Between Sleep

On average at 4 month a baby sleeps 11-12 hours. At night the baby may wake up for various reasons-due to the urge to urinate, wet diaper, just hungry or because of pain or discomfort. Doctors say that if the child gets complementary foods at night the mom produces milk better. During the daytime the baby sleeps 2-3 times by 2-3 hours.

Activities With a Child at 4 Months (How to Develop)

Even if the kid does not even utter the words, he gradually learns a language, and therefore you need to constantly talk with him, read books to him, especially paying attention to the emotional connection. No wonder scientists note increased children's ability to learn foreign languages. If at the age of 4-6 months you constantly talk with the toddler, later it will be easier for him to learn. You need to look at the child when telling him of surrounding objects, the events of the past days, plans. The baby can imitate you, and this desire can be evolved, repeating the sounds during his monologue.

Often join his conversation, and he also will repeat yours sounds. Introduce new sounds, vowels first. With the help of toys you can make a real puppet theater. The kids love to follow the bright little animals with certain voices. They learn to pass and perceive emotions. Recite poems to the baby – thus he will learn to memorize the texts at school. Exercise of the past months can be enhanced-spread the hands to the sides and cross on the chest. Turn the legs, so that the pelvis slightly turns to the side. The head and shoulders of the baby will also  turn. Roll the baby over on the tummy.

Games and Toys for Children at 4 Months

The four-month baby reacts well to the sound of a rubber squeaker. Now he himself tries to compress the toys to get the sound.

  1. Choose stuffed toys so that the toddler enjoys the result when he lightly presses the toys.
  2. It is very important for the baby to develop tactile sensations. Give him into the hands the different fabrics, e.g. sealed patches of corduroy, velvet or velor or small pillows with tabbed buttons on them.
  3. Connect the ribbon with the lace to the beads, and put in the hand of the baby, pull a little so that the baby can feel the difference. Play with your baby so he can grab objects and catch the ribbons.
  4. Use bathing for developing games with the child. But remember that at 4 months-this is a soothing ritual that should help the baby fall asleep. Let the kid in the water reach for the bright toys, floating colorful sponges.

Useful Tips for Parents

A little kid is lugging all into his mouth to try, and this is easily explained. In the tongue of the newborn there are 1000 more taste buds than in the one-year-old child's. Babies under one year are trying most of the objects "ad gustum". This is normal when they constantly pull the toys into the mouth, the main thing is to watch carefully for cleanliness and that it should be impossible to get hurt by sharp angles or fine details.

Some moms, trying to jump the gun, are sitting a baby in pillows, before he himself gets stronger. Pediatricians and orthopedists unanimously react negatively to this, urging parents to wait until the baby does it himself. Otherwise the fragile spine can curve, that will bring a lot of problems in the future. Frequently bring new toys, but not remove them altogether – the kids love familiar things. Just change the places of the toys, buy bright objects.

The kid starts to rejoice to his reflection in a mirror, some even attach a small mirror for him to catch his own look. Although the kid loves to look at the faces, this joy spreads to those who give him a lot of attention. Do not rush to organize numerous parties – the kid will surely love all your friends, but a little later, and that's fine.

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