The typical four-month old is well equipped to explore.
She sees many colors. She is alert to sounds. She
is easily able to lift her torso to a 45 degrees angle
when on tummy. She can focus well. She can reach for
objects more easily. At a social level, she is more
vocal now; screeches delightfully just to hear herself.
Her face is more animated, giving you more clues about
her moods. She can even read your facial expressions.
Toys become an integral part of play and a potential
source of hazard as well.!
Milestones - your
Baby's progress report
Sits when supported:
She sits up when supported at her hips and enjoys
sitting in a semi upright position. This position
is best for learning and play. Babies go through several
stages in learning to sit up. They also enjoy sitting
in a swing or other seat or on your lap. They also
enjoy being pulled up to sitting position. Lay baby
on her back on a smooth, soft surface. Grasp her hands
and s-l-o-w-l-y raise her to the sitting position,
ensuring your grip on her hands are firm. Gently lower
She keeps her hands open most of the time. Baby loves
holding and shaking things like her rattle. Her eye-hand
coordination is improving. When she sees something,
she moves to reach for it. She can manipulate an object
more easily; whatever baby lays hands on tends to
go into her mouth. She is also more deliberate in
her movements. She may start to grab your hair, jewelry
or clothes, or her dad's moustache. Her body and hands
still fascinate her.
The tonic neck reflex which kept baby's head turned
to one side most of the time, has just about disappeared
by now. Baby is therefore able to turn head to either
side, making it easier to turn toward a sound.
Gaining in Strength:
When on tummy, baby can support her head and chest
with one arm. She may roll over easily now from tummy
Now may be a good time about easing baby away from
some dependencies, such as rocking her to sleep every
night. Instead of waiting for baby to fall asleep
in your arms, put baby to bed while she is still awake.
A bedtime routine will help her understand it is time
to sleep and that the bed is meant for sleeping. Her
bedtime also signals to her that the day is over.
Every family practices different rituals for bedtime
- baths, reading, lullaby, prayers etc. Try different
things, and see what suits you best and make that
a routine. Using this routine even while away from
home, offers your baby security that this day is over
and a new one begins tomorrow. If you have not established
a routine, begin one now. You and your baby will benefit