4 Month Old Baby – Weight, Baby Care, Development & Milestones
You absolutely love what your baby is becoming at just 4 months. From developing reactions to his own skill set and personality, you can already see more of who he looks like more of- you or your partner. Whose character has he picked up more, and so on. You now know what exactly keeps your baby happy and you can really see how parenting is a great change in your life. Of course not all days will be the same. You will be tired on some days beyond reasoning and on some days everything will fit into place.
Let us now see more on how your baby should sleep, feed, weigh and develop through the 4th month milestone.
4 months and you will notice how your baby has doubled the birth weight efficiently. Usually about 1 to 1¼ pounds weight (which is around 560 grams) and around 0.8 inches (about 2 cm) in length is gained by the baby. Allow your doctor to maintain a constant record of your baby’s weight during his visits. Head size is important as well as this is an indicator of your baby’s health. Either too long or too thin and you should get it checked by your doctor for safety. Even though the first year in itself is a time for rapid growth, you don’t really want to take risks.
2. Baby Care:
Most health care centres recommend keeping your child away from any digital screen until the age of two. However impossible as it is, do try to avoid programs that involve violence or sexual content as it might affect your child the wrong way. There is a lot of brain development involved by the age of four, so keep distance from bouncers and use of the well known perambulators, as these hinder the growth in your child by slowing it down.
Your child will start to make wishes and go above and beyond to ensure you notice and know of them. This is the age when they mark their beginning of protest when they don’t like something. Keep yourself calm as you get used to the changing behaviour. Talk to your partner about it and involved together, check on how your baby is doing and what choices he usually dislikes. Try to indirectly inhibit a liking towards it if its a healthy habit. If its not, congratulations, your child is a smart kid. Your child’s behaviour will now start to get different for people close to them and people otherwise.
Feeding shouldn’t be the hard process as it was before. Your baby has now mastered the art of sucking the milk or formula as needed and he has finally learnt what needs to be done when he sees food. You won’t have to keep him hungry and experiment with his food habits if you detect the difficulties earlier.
Now is when the sleep pattern for your baby will fall into place. He will have longer sleeps at night and short day naps. It might not seem like a good idea to keep your baby up through the day assuming he will have a better sleep at night since he will be tired. That is an entirely wrong idea and not true at all. This is because the day sleep influences how a 4 month old baby sleeps at night. Avoid rocking them to sleep or even feeding while they are trying to sleep, as this gives them the wrong idea and they might later have difficulty falling asleep otherwise.
Developing is just the word you can use to describe your little one right now. There is more to look forward to in every field for him. You can keep his neck aligned and make sure it is easy for his head and spine to grow the right way. Don’t start them to sit on their back already as it is not the right time yet and they are still too young. Do ensure the support when you are cuddling them is maintained as your child’s head is at a larger proportion right now and it will be hard to keep it aligned well for more than a few minutes.
Your little one will need immunization and you need to make sure that all vaccination sessions are attended by him. Although there will be a lot of discomfort involved, you must be strong and ask your other friends who have been mothers before for help. Take them along if they are ready as well as your closest family for support. This makes sure that your child doesn’t feel too out of place either and the whole procedure of vaccination is carried out smoothly.
7. Food & Toys:
You can now introduce well mashed solid food and check if he is having digestion issues and if there are risks of allergies to certain foods and supplies. Talking of toys, you can finally introduce him to unbreakable toys, but do clean them well, since most of it is going to end up in his mouth for sure. Try not to give him too tiny parts.
4th month is usually when your baby will start to roll. Usually this is from the back towards the front direction for the first few weeks that this happens and then he starts to roll back the other way. Floor time for him is important, so make sure, the floor doesn’t have sharp corners and has a carpet at all times. Try to be around and not just to record his first moments, but to make sure he does not hit any corner of the wall.
List down your queries before you visit the doctor and you can see how this is the major learning period for your child and keeping him away from things that can bring in a change in his behaviour would be the right thing to do.