Your baby at 4 months

Your baby is growing even more social and moving in a purposeful manner. Babies at this age love to babble and coo and mimic sounds they hear. They love to play and copy the movements of others. Also, your baby’s cries will be different, as they communicate hunger, frustration, discomfort or feeling tired.

What your baby is learning now

While babies may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones your baby may reach in this age group:

  • Squeals and waves arms when excited
  • Makes sounds like “ooh” and “aah”
  • Briefly holds a small rattle
  • Pushes up on arms while on stomach
  • Brings both hands to mouth
  • Rolls from back to sides
  • Sits up with your support
  • Pushes on legs when feet are on a hard surface

What your baby is learning next

  • Makes sounds like “ga” or “ba”
  • Smiles at self in mirror
  • Reaches and grasps toys
  • Shakes and bangs rattles
  • Rolls from stomach to back
  • Grabs feet when lying on back

What you can do to encourage your baby’s development

  • Give your baby toys to hold and play with.
  • Make faces for your baby to copy.
  • Sing songs while rocking your baby.
  • Copy your baby’s sounds.
  • Help your baby sit with support.
  • When your baby is awake, put her on her stomach.
  • Play peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake.
  • Talk about what your baby is looking at or doing.
  • Read with your baby.
  • Hold toys above your baby so he can reach them.

Games and activities

  • Rattles
  • Sing and talk together
  • Board books with textures
  • Soft cloth toys
  • Plastic mirrors

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