At this age you will generally begin to hear him chatter one or two words, such as ‘ma-ma’ or ‘ba-ba’. In addition, 4-month babies are usually able to roll from the prone position to the supine, and vice versa.
His weight has doubled compared to when he was born. Infants 4 months male sex will generally weigh 5.6-8.6 kg with a length of about 60-67.8 cm. While baby girl weighs 5.1-8.1 kg with a weight of 58-66.2 cm.
At this age, he began to pick up on the vowels and consonants forming the basic words in the language he often heard. Although not yet able to identify these words as names of objects or nicknames of others, but he will still be eager to say the syllables.
At this age, a special rocking chair for babies (bouncers) can be an appropriate means of play for him. Toys that depend on them can be a tool for developing hand and eye coordination. In addition, in general, babies aged 4 months have the following abilities.
- Can reach objects that attract his attention, signifying hand coordination and his eyesight continues to improve.
- His eyes can follow the movement and movement of things from one place to another.
- His head can be erect without the help / support of adults.
- Can roll the body from the supine position to the stomach, and vice versa. When lying on his stomach, he can straighten his arms and legs, and arch his back. This position can be useful for strengthening the neck and head, in preparation for sitting.
- If set up, his feet can be traced on the floor, though not yet able to walk.
- A 4-month-old baby can hold his head and shoulders when he is lifted out of bed and carried.
- Your baby can begin to be positioned sitting with support because his spine has strengthened.
Because a 4-month-old baby starts actively rolling here and there, make sure he or she rolls on a safe bed or surface. Place a safety around it like a stack of pillows so that it doesn’t fall. Give praise when he managed to change position from stomach on his back. This will make him eager to repeat the movement and thus the muscles will be more trained.
He can start chattering and imitating the sounds he hears by paying attention to the movements of your lips while talking and imitating it. A 4-month-old baby can start chattering by combining consonants and vowels such as ‘pa-pa’ or ‘yes-yes’. The vowel “a” is the letter most often pronounced baby first, especially when he began to chatter. He began to like his ability to make sounds and hear the sound in his own ears.
You can get her to communicate by saying simple words, like ‘mama’ or ‘daddy’ that she might be able to imitate you. You also need to respond as soon as your little one is trying to say something. This is needed so that he is more confident to say more words. At the end of the month, he can repeat a word many times, like ‘mama-mama’ or ‘baba-baba’.
4-month-old babies generally can smile spontaneously towards people who attract their attention. In addition, he is usually able to:
- Imitate the expression on an adult’s face that smiles broadly or frowns.
- Starts playing with other people and can cry when the game stops.
- Still communicating by crying. The cries that he listens to will probably be different for each need, for example when tired, hungry, or sick.
- Although often cry, but there are times when he has begun to be able to laugh when he sees things that he considers funny or interesting.
Other Things to Look For
The baby’s stomach is 4 months bigger than before, so the frequency of breastfeeding will be reduced. Once breastfeeding, he will fill his stomach until full. To meet your baby’s natural needs, the nutrients in your milk will also change to more fat and minerals.
Some parents have started giving solid food to babies 4 months or even before, but babies should still get exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Providing complementary foods for breastfeeding (MPASI) too early can make the risk of allergies become higher and your baby does not get the optimal benefits of breast milk nutrition.
In addition, at this age, when suckling, his attention will be more often divided by things around him, such as the voice of his brother, the sound of TV, or people who come. To minimize this, it’s good to suckle it in a quiet room.
Consult a doctor
Each baby’s growth is unique and cannot be compared. The information above is something that can be a guide, but it is not required to have the ability of every baby at this age. However, if there are things that you are concerned about from development, you should check your baby to the doctor, especially if:
- A 4-month-old baby doesn’t smile when he sees you or something that attracts attention.
- The head cannot straighten itself.
- Can not pay attention to the movement of objects.
- Do not put the object in his mouth.
- His feet would not be planted on the floor if he was standing
- Not too chattering or making any noise.
Basically, all things can be toys and interesting things for babies 4 months, so in fact at this age he does not need too many toys. He is already interested when you stick out your tongue or mimic animal sounds. Free him to hold various objects clean and safe, such as towels, the surface of the sofa, balls, fruit, so that he knows various textures, shapes, and colors. This ability will develop when the baby is 5 months old