Now your baby has entered the fourth month of his life. With every passing month, your baby is becoming stronger, healthier, more active, and responsive to the world. Here are some changes that you feel in your baby when (s)he turns four months old
Here we are talking about 4-MONTH-OLD baby’s development:
When your baby turns four months old, (s)he is now able to see across the room. He is now ready to distinguish between colors. This is the best time to introduce your baby to new colorful toys and books. Now he can recognize you from a distance. Your baby could see your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. He is now able to enjoy his surroundings. He can now recognize his sibling’s faces also. His eye muscles can also coordinate now.
But at this age, the baby still prefers to look at close images as compared to distances. Read books in front of him; he will enjoy watching colorful images. For the betterment of your baby’s vision, you can use night light and dim lamp in your baby’s room. You should also change the cot’s position and even the baby’s position in the coat. Keep the toys in your baby’s range, that is 8 inches. Talk to your baby as you walk in the room while doing some other work. But continuously involve your baby with yourself. Change the left and right side with each feeding.
Vaccination is vital as it gives your baby the strength to fight against diseases. As the baby is still weak, his immune system is not so developed, so vaccination is compulsory for the baby for his safe life. The fourth-month vaccination is DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, and RV.
Your baby is now becoming more active and doing more and more movements with their hands. Their both hands now can move together to grab a toy. Now they try to hold anything in their reach, including colorful toys, your hair, hands, etc. Now your baby has started to pick up all things and try to put in their mouth to taste things, so don’t leave any small objects near your baby so they could not grab and put it in their mouth. And now your baby’s head is more stable. 4th-month baby has good control over their heads. They can now lift their head. Now, they have their mood swings. And don’t try to impose things on your baby. Give them proper space.
If you listen attentively to your baby’s talk, you may notice that they make vowel and alike sounds e.g., p and b sound when they are uncomfortable and unhappy. They make sounds, for example, j and k, when they are in a happy mood. Talk to them; they will try to copy you. If you say boo, they will try to say boo, back to you. Like when you are changing his diaper, tell him that now I am going to change your diaper or like I am going to feed you or now it’s time to change clothes, or it’s time to sleep. Talk to him about these sentences at daily bases. He will try to copy you
Rolling over is now the favorite thing for babies. It’s not the same for all babies. May be baby roll on at the three or maybe some baby rolls on at 6th or 7th month. You can’t force your baby for roll-on, but you can encourage your baby by keeping some toys at a distance. You can also note that during lying on their anterior, he can maintain his back. It is a good exercise which can help baby to evolve their neck muscles. This is a good exercise that can help them develop their neck muscles. This further helps the baby to crawl and walk.
Your baby’s first tooth can erupt from three months to one year old. During this period, babies start grinding their gums. If you notice any red patches on their gums, consult with your baby doctor.
At this age, it is not recommended for a baby to eat solid food. But it depends on the baby’s size. If your baby is bigger and they are not satisfied with only breastfeed or formula, then with the suggestion of a doctor, you can start a baby’s solid food when
your baby is of four months.
Your baby’s first solid food should be iron-fortified rice cereal, which you can mix with formula. Make sure your baby has good control over his neck and head so that he may upright position and easily enjoy his food. Make cereal very thin. Maybe at first bite, your baby dislikes the food and pushes the spoon back. They are not used to solid food, so it takes almost one week to make them used for solid food.
Now the capacity of your baby’s stomach has increased, and he is now able to take one quantity of food. Sometimes they may take more milk. So, they do not often need feeding. Now he may have only four to five feed in a day. Now during feeding, your baby will see things around them. They are aware of what is happening around them. If your baby doesn’t like what you are offering him to eat, try some other day and don’t force him to eat anything. Introduce only one food item at a time. Introduce another food item after two or three days.
Always take advice from your baby doctor before giving them solid food. It is recommended to wait for six months before introducing solid food to your baby. As your baby’s stomach is not so powerful to digest everything, so keep patience. It can also react wrong.
Weaning is a thrilling and developed stage that will start at the age of six months. In the fourth month, it is a good time to thinking about techniques by which you can use, and weaning may be possible and easy for your baby. You can also think about the food you want for your baby and introduce it first, or what technique you want to use; spoon led weaning or baby-led weaning.
How Mother Can Help in Baby’s Development at the Age of Four Months:
You can activate your baby’s sense of touch using a collection of stuff. You can try using velvet, fur, soft clothes, toweling, etc. so your baby can experience different touch. Now your baby likes to play, so be with them, and encourage your baby, let them explore and encourage them to play with a collection of toys. Give them a piece of clean and neat muslin square and see your baby suck on it and hold on it. Also, you can give them a voice toy.
Note their expression when they shake the rattle and rattle makes noise. They will enjoy it. Introduce your baby with a different variety of music. They will love it. You can also introduce your baby toys that play sound such as xylophone or drum etc. They will love it and enjoy the music so much. If your baby likes the sound of music, it is a positive sign that he will be very social. It is also a part of his social development. Spend at least some minutes singing or reading books with your baby. It is a good exercise for your baby. He will understand things easily.
Take your baby to different places. Go for a walk in the park also, at the beach, and go to the playground. All these new experiences will be very joyful for your baby in a real sense. Now your baby will be more active in the bathtub. He will enjoy the water. But still, be careful while giving a bath to your baby. Never leave your baby alone in the tub. But at this age, the baby will enjoy and love to be in the bathtub.
In most cases, it is the same. But in some cases, babies do not like water or getting a bath. They always cry loudly while taking a bath. You should talk to your baby. And listen to him what he wants to say to you in back. Do fun things with your baby. Tummy time, rollover, and reading books together all are enjoyable activities that will enhance your baby’s development.
Never shake your baby this month. It can cause internal bleeding or can damage the brain. So never shake your baby. Deal with him very softly. Just consider your baby as a soft piece of cloth, handle them with proper care.
Always reply to your baby’s cry. If you will not respond, then it will make your baby very irritable and fussy. When your baby cries, try to soothe him. Please give them your touch. It will comfort your baby. If baby’s cry makes you frustrated, put your baby in a cot or ask someone else to take care of your baby while you get cool down again, but remember, never shake your baby in anger. It might damage your baby’s internal organs.
Game of the Month:
Develop your musical device by keeping things like beans or dried pasta in a bottle. Make sure the sealing of the lid must be tight so the material should not come out when the baby shakes it. Create different sounds by making various sizes of containers filled with varying quantities of objects. Baby will love it. At this stage, babies like to play with their own hands and feet. So, let them play with their hands and feet.
At this stage, the baby now uses other techniques to communicate with you. At this stage, babies also notice that people around them make a response to their actions. For example, if the baby cries, you run towards them to check them, and if the baby drops something, you come and pick it up. Babies notice all these activities and get to know that all his actions are being responded, and under supervision.
Many babies feel happiness to drop the same object over and over and you pick it up repeatedly. Babies explain themselves through coos, vowel words, or using crying. Your baby now uses expressions to tell you happiness, likes, dislikes, from a happy face to an angry face, they give you all expressions now. Babie’s also starts to learn emotions from your face. They will notice your mood, your angry face, or your happy face. They can understand emotions through your voice also.
Many of your infant movements are the same as they were in the third month, but you can notice that there is a lot of strength in them, and they easily do things now. They can now lift their head more highly. For a few months, your baby is dependent on you for their enjoyment, but now they can enjoy themselves. They can play with their fingers and feet. If you give them some toys, they will shake it or suck it. Some babies put their feet fingers in their mouths also. It shows how flexible is a baby’s body.
Your baby’s vision is also enhanced now, and they can see images. They can now recognize your face from a distance. Their hearing power is also now improved. Baby likes soft voices. They become fussy on loud voices. Now, they look all around the room, so it isn’t very easy for formula feeding mother to keep the baby’s concentration on the bottle because the baby is now more interested in the surroundings.
The fourth month is also an excellent time to introduce swimming to the baby; they will love it too. It is also a good way to strengthen their muscles. If your baby is not reaching for objects, you should call your baby doctor. There might be some issue in their vision or motor skills. They will now grasp a toy, will now bring both hands together, and smile continuously.
Also, they will now try to reach for an object and are now able to bear the weight over their legs. Moreover, they will make sounds now when you talk and lift their head steadily. Babie’s will squeal in delight. He will roll over now. He will now able to turn his head towards the source of the sound. Your baby might sleep for about 12 to 15 hours a day, including nap time.
By the start of four-month, life with your baby will become less hectic, and you become used to this routine. This stage is very emotional. The love between mother and infant becomes stronger. Baby gives you love back that they receive from you. There is now not only crying and sleeping. Babie’s will now give you all the expression that will make you fall in love with your baby. He may now get attached to you emotionally. He is now used to of you. At the age of four, life is now more than sleeping and feeding; he is now feeling emotions like love, fear, and curiosity.
Regular examination of your baby by his doctor is very important. If there is any problem regarding the baby’s health, it needs to solve out as earlier. So never forget to get your baby examined by his doctor.
The doctor should measure the baby’s weight. You should undress your baby while weight measuring; it will give you an accurate number.
After checking the weight doctor makes a chart, and you can see on this chart, either your baby’s weight is fit for the fourth-month-old baby or not. If the difference is minor, do not worry, as every baby is individual, and their growth rate is also different, so do not worry about it. Do a complete physical examination of your baby. His heart and lungs should be examined, which is crucial. His eyes, ears, head, mouth, legs, hips, his full body examination is compulsory.
Massage is a good technique to give your baby mama’s touch. It is important for the baby’s strong bones. Using accurate techniques makes the massage very effective. First of all, you should choose a comfortable flat place covered with a blanket. Use a small amount of baby oil or vegetable oil for massage. Keep with yourself tissue or baby wipes to clean excess oil from the baby’s body.
A soft towel should be kept there to cover the baby’s body. Keep a soother if it is calming your baby. The room which you use for the massage purpose must have a dim light. If you play soft music it will also increase joy. Keep your baby gently on his stomach and turn his head on one side. Pour just two or three drops of oil on your hand and rub them. Starting with his head and coming towards the neck muscles, and then massage each shoulder of baby one by one. Then start with the baby’s back and move towards the baby hips with soft hands. Then massage the baby’s legs with your fingers and the same technique on the arms of the baby. Now turn your baby on his back and repeat all the processes with the same techniques.
Mommy’s touch is most valuable for the baby. So, give your baby a lot of touches. This month, not only crying, sleeping, or feeding is the baby’s routine. Now he can give you expressions. This will increase a lot of love between mother and baby. So, the mother should give his baby a lot of touches.
Father must also give his touch to the baby. Massage is the way best technique to give your baby your touch. So do massage your baby before and after the bath. Also, cuddle with your baby. Kiss him. Grab him in your arms; he will feel so safe in your arms. Give him goodnight kiss also. Love him in all ways you can do.
When to Worry:
Every baby is unique in his way, as we told you before. He has a growth rate. Give him time; he will grow up. Every baby is an individual. Don’t compare your baby with other babies. Every baby has his strength, weakness, but if your baby does not do such things, then it’s time to worry. Call your baby doctor if your baby is crying so much, and this is bothering you.
If your baby is not making any eye contact with you and does not pay attention to your face, it’s time to worry, call your baby doctor immediately, and if your baby is crossing his eye and not follow moving objects or if your baby is not making any sound or not giving response to the noise, and even If he does not lift his head, and he is not reaching the toys and can’t grab the toys. If the baby is not interested in what is going around her or if he is not babbling and does not move or use his hands and legs and all these signs are present in your baby, then consult your baby doctor soon.
Some babies have delayed development. This delay may be for a short-term period or at permanent bases, but a permanent stoppage doesn’t occur often.
Immature birth and some illness are two main things that may cause short delays. Some defects can cause an everlasting delay. Baby’s development may also affect the environment in which they nurture. For example, if their parents have no good relationship with each other, or with baby and if they cannot get any love from their parents, it affects their growth. If parents take any drug or create any violence in the family, then they leave a very bad impact on the baby’s personality. It may stop the baby’s growth also.