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4 to 6 months

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Physical Development:

Babies are quickly becoming stronger and more agile. Almost everything they hold will go into their mouths, which is actually a very important part of tactile development. Most begin to:

• Roll over without help

• Push body forward and pull body up by grabbing the edge of a crib

• Reach for and touch objects

• Hold objects like a rattle and wave them around

• Reach, grasp, and put objects in mouth

• Make discoveries with objects (for example, a rattle makes noise when it is moved)

• Cut teeth (some start a little later)

• Splash and kick in the bath for entertainment

• Sit if propped up and hold head steady

Social and Emotional development:

Babies are more likely to initiate social interaction. They begin to:

• Play peek-a-boo

• Pay attention to own name

• Smile spontaneously and easily

• Laugh aloud

Thinking Skills:

Baby's perceptual abilities improve rapidly. At this age, they are able to:

• Recognize faces, especially of family members

• Differentiate between different people based on the way they look, sound, or feel

• Differentiate between different people based on the way they look, sound, or feel

• Respond to familiar sounds

• Self-soothe when upset

• Listen and enjoy music

Communication Skills:

Even small babies love to have "conversations." Most children of this age:

• Exchange sounds, facial expressions, or gestures with a parent or caregiver

• Listen to conversations

• Repeat some vowel and consonant sounds

• Experiment with babbling sounds and may add more consonants to the babbling repertoire

• Coo, gurgle and chuckle

• Display full range of emotions, from pleasure, love to impatience, fear and distrust

What you can do: As your baby becomes more mobile, you'll need to watch out for sudden movements. Encourage his sense of balance by bouncing him on your knee. Carry on placing him on his tummy for short periods. Encourage him to roll over by putting toys in front of him or next to him so he has to reach for them. Talk and sing to your baby; he may not understand many words, but he'll listen to your intonation and inflection. Introduce your baby to simple books with bright colors and pictures.


Snooze news

With increased activities comes longer sleep hours i.e. most babies at this stage are sleeping through the night uninterrupted for about 6-9 hours. Morning and daytime naps last for about 2-3 hours per session.


Solids are introduced during this phase, to suit the changing taste buds, add variety and enhance the nutrition aspect of meals. However, milk is still the mainstay.

All babies have their own internal developmental timetable. If your baby hasn't yet reached these milestones, rest assured that she will in time. If you have concerns about your baby's development, discuss them with her doctor.

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