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Baby development: what should your 4 month old baby be able to do

The baby at 4 months smiles, mumbles and becomes more interested in people than objects, as it was until then. At this stage he begins to play with his own hands, and some when placed on his belly raises his head and shoulders. In addition, he begins to show some preference for certain types of toys, and laughs and shrieks when stimulated. For a baby of 4 months everything ends up being a joke, including the moments of suckling, bathing or walking.

At this stage it is common for the baby to sometimes cough, which may not be caused by illnesses such as influenza or cold, but rather due to episodes of choking with saliva or with food, so it is very important that parents be very attentive to these situations.

Baby development: what should your 4 month old baby be able to do

Weight of a 4 month old baby

The chart below indicates the ideal weight for a baby of this age, however, weight can vary slightly and the baby can be above or below the reference range:

Weight6,4 g6,1 g
Height62 cm61 cm
Head circumference for age41,5 cm40 cm

Chest circumference

41,5 cm39,5 cm
Monthly weight gain600 g600 g

In general, infants at this stage of development maintain a pattern of weight gain of about 600 g each month. If the weight is much higher than what we indicated here, it is possible that he is overweight and in this case should seek their pediatrician.

4 month old baby's sleep pattern

When the baby is about 4 months old, he begins to have a more regular sleep pattern at night and sleeps more hours without interruptions, being able to sleep up to 9 hours. However the sleep pattern is different for each baby, there are those who sleep a lot, those who take naps and those who sleep little. In addition, there are babies who prefer to sleep with their mother or father, others who sleep well by themselves.

In general, the time the baby is most awake is between 15:00 and 19:00, which is the ideal time for visits.

Your 4-Month-Old Baby’s Development

A 4-month-old baby plays with his fingers, can hold small objects, turns his head in any direction, and when lying on his belly, he stands up, leaning on his elbows. When he is upside down the baby likes to look at his hands and feet, he can sit for a few seconds, when he rests and follows objects with his eyes, turning his head.

They love to be on their lap and everything for them is a joke, they also like being without clothes, strolling, holding a rattle and making noises. Usually, the baby at 4 months tends to be quieter with his mother and more agitated and playful with his father.

At this age they already verbalize some gargling-like sounds, can emit different sounds babbling vowels and small screams.

In addition, during this period it is important to be aware of the baby's reactions to the stimuli, because during this period it is possible to identify some problems such as hearing problems.

4 Month old baby diet

The baby at 4 months should be done exclusively with breast milk whenever possible. The different types of powdered milk are also an alternative for food, and there is also the alternative of introducing cooked or raw fruit, or potatoes gluten free under the guidance of the pediatrician.

The baby already has some gastrointestinal maturity and in order to educate your taste buds, other foods can begin to be introduced according to medical indication. See more about the baby's diet in this phase between 4 and 6 months of age

How to avoid accidents in this stage of development

In order to avoid accidents with a baby aged from 4 to 6 months, parents need to adopt strategies to keep them safe, such as buying good quality toys, always with the CE symbol for countries in the European Union and ASTM for the USA, so that it is possible to reduce the risk of suffocation and toxicity for example.

Other safety measures parents should take are:

  • Do not leave the baby alone on the bed or the exchanger because they can roll and fall;
  • Do not leave the baby alone in the bath near a tap because they can open the hot water and get burnt;
  • Verifying if the paint on the crib and the walls of the house do not contain lead, as the baby may bite and ingest the toxic products;
  • Checking ig their rattles are of good quality so that they do not break easily and the baby accidently swallows the objects in its interior;
  • Stir and mix well the baby's porridge so that they don't choke;
  • Put protectors on all outlets that are within the baby's reach;
  • Not to leave loose wires around the house;
  • Do not leave small objects within the child's reach, such as buttons, marble and beans;
  • Put a small gate at the top and bottom of the stairs so that the baby does not go up or down by himself.

To avoid a sunburn in the baby, sunscreen should be applied with a high protection factor and redouble every 2 hours. You should also avoid sun exposure between 9 am and 5 pm and put a hat on them.

It is important for parents to follow these measures as they can prevent accidents such as choking, burns and falls that can be serious and even fatal to the baby.

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