It is exciting when your baby learns to do new things, and it is important to remember that each child develops at his or her own pace ~ with both leaps and lags. Around 4 months of age, you may notice that your baby:
- is hungrier because she is going through a growth spurt
- has started teething – put something in her hand and it’s likely to go right into her mouth
- can babble, smile, laugh and squeal
- enjoys spending time on her tummy and lifting her head
- looks at you and follows your face
- turns her head towards a sound or your voice
- has nearly doubled in weight since birth
Keep the learning happening with lots of love and snuggles. Encourage healthy development by:
- Saying “no” to pop, sugar water or juice in bottles or cups. Breast is best, and formula is good, too.
- Wiping baby’s teeth after feeding (even if it’s just milk)
- Talking! When baby says “aaauugoogoo” – she is talking – so talk back! When she gives you sounds, repeat them back to her, and wait for the conversation to continue!
- Giving baby tummy time to strengthen her neck. Start slow by laying your baby on your chest. She will want to lift her head and look at your face.
- Helping her roll over
- Placing baby in front of a mirror. Point to baby’s reflection and then your own. Talk about what you see.
- Providing simple baby toys to encourage hand-eye coordination
- Holding or “wearing” your baby
- Massaging your baby
- Kissing your baby a thousand times a day
- Telling your baby all the reasons she is special!
Every time you hold, read to or play with your baby, you are helping her brain grow and develop!