Jun 13

Development: 4 months

Isn't it amazing how fast your baby is growing? Your baby has become more and more individual person these months, the self confidence is increasing, and the baby is getting more social every single day.

At this stage in the development, your baby is getting more attractive and curious to toys, and will appreciate playtime with you.
Your baby learning more about their body, and they can now pull their legs up and get more contact with their abdominal muscles. Now the baby discovers his toes and legs, it is easier to grab them and play with them, and they explore their toes with their mouths.
It is very fun for your baby to make different sounds and see your reaction. Social skills are constantly evolving, your baby speaks much more than before. It will sounds like your baby have a lot of interesting things to tell you.
They way to explore is through the mouth, your baby will feel, touch and taste everything, so now it is important to be aware of small loose objects, so that your baby does not stick things in the throat.

Vision and hearing:

Colors and vision are now fully developed. When the child focuses on an object, he can now move his eyes from side to side without twisting his head. You will find that your child considers both objects and people, and will be curious and follow what is happening around him.
The child uses his voice to a much greater extent now than before, and will especially use his voice to get attention from you. The child is also searching for sound sources and is much more attentive and interested in what sounds it is and where they come from.
When something comes close to the baby's face, he will blink, as he can now judge the distance of objects.

Nutrition, elimination, and sleep:

When your baby is 4 months old you can start to give food. It is not a lot of food as it is still advisable to wait until 6 months of age. It is very individual if the baby needs extra food, than just milk. It is more common to start with solid food earlier if you are not breastfeeding and only use infant formula.
Start with small portions, as your baby may become uneasy in the stomach, and preferably in the morning or the day, so as not to disturb the night's sleep. Start with small portions, you can spit on some porridge with breastmilk or infant formula, to make it slightly thicker. Choose mild foods, such as baby porridge of rice or corn.
Many believe that some solid food in the evening leads to longer periods of sleep. This is very individual, many can also react negatively with stomach ache, so try and find out what suits you and the child best.

Routines:

Routines are of great importance as routines establish predictability, security and a sense of control for the baby. But even if routines are important, one must not forget that all babies are different with different needs, so don't let the routines become slavish which happens exactly at the same time every day after the clock.
 The babies live here and now, they do not have a time perspective and do not know what happens in an hour or two, but routines and rituals are important, so it is a perfect time and start to incorporate good routines.
Start with a regular legendary evening, as your baby will already start to understand what happens if the same thing repeats every night.
Routines are especially important for babies who are troubled as it can help them find calm and they will also feel more comfortable. A nice ritual is to start an hour or two before bedtime, bring the baby into the bathroom, temp the light, establish a quiet environment, give the baby a bath, put on pajamas, and make the evening room a cozy activity for both of you. 
Babies also have different day routines, so some days routines can be different. Like us adults, babies are also more alert or tired, so always see the needs of the baby.
The baby work best with everyday predictability, but it is also important to do something new and give other stimuli, and try to keep the routines when you travel or are elsewhere.

Reflexes:

Most of the reflexes from birth disappear around 4 months of age. Your baby is more mature and you will now discover that the movements your child is doing are controlled and symmetrical movements.
 

Interest and play: 

Your baby is starting to get interested in the world and is starting to understand that something even exists when it is out of sight. He we still prefer that caregivers are present and may be troubled if left alone in a room.
Show your baby the surroundings around him. Know, smell, touch, and talk to your baby what you see. He can now recognize the surroundings and sounds, and will find this very interesting and fun.
All babies love music, and they may already prefer some sounds to others. Hold your baby in your arms and dance and sing together. A cozy and fun activity that both calms the baby and provides creative development.
Playing aircraft with the child where he spins around in the air, up and down, is a game that is fun and maybe a little scary. Let your baby determine the pace and height, as many babies may think this is a bit scary. Your baby will love it tickling in the stomach. Perhaps you will now hear laughter, which will be as fun as when your baby smiled for the first time. 
 

Toys perfect for your baby:

Give your baby toys that stimulate the senses and motor skills.
It will be fun to get a rattle in different colors and shapes that he can grab. Also try to send a toy back and forth, which will be new and exciting for your baby.
Soap bubbles flying around the room your baby will find very fascinating and try to catch these bubbles together.
babies love other babies. Put your baby on the floor with someone else and see how they react together. This is important for your baby to develop their social characteristics.
Play is a very important factor for development, it is precisely through the play your baby will develop and be stimulated. So use your imagination and make everyday life unique and exciting. Some babies may also be over-stimulated, so listen to the signals your baby is giving. If he is uneasy or tired, try to help him relaxed and calm.
 

Senses and motor skills:

The baby's neck and back are strong so that the head will now be held up when the baby is worn.
More patient and persistent in play, as the body is more controlled and the muscles are stronger. Put your baby under a baby gym, he'll love lying there exploring the toys as he can now use his body to a much greater extent than before.
The concentration also increases so that the baby concentrates on a toy in the hallway. It is quite common for children to put toys in their mouth to know and taste it. The baby uses his mouth in the same way as we use our hands and our vision, and is an important part of developing the senses.
The baby can seize toys that are in the proper distance, but must look at their hands to see where they are in relation to the toy.
The muscles of the neck and back have become stronger. In stomach leashes, some babies can stretch to try to take objects or try to crab.
The baby is very motoric and moves a lot, so you must always have an eye on the baby and make sure he is in a safe environment. Never leave the baby alone where there is a risk of the child falling. 
Your baby thrives even better on lying on her stomach now than before, can keep her head up and explore the room even more in this position. When he is lying on his back he will pull his legs up, which is also a sign of well-being.
The balance is also strengthened in the stomach bed, and this balance is developed by coordination between the right and left brain halves.
The baby uses the whole body to maintain balance.

Communication and social development:

Eye contact is still exciting, but the baby is also more interested in everything that happens around him.
The baby is very social and wants to share his moments with you. When he discovers a new object, he will seek your attention, giving both response and interest. The same also applies to sounds, often imitating the sounds and making simple sounds that the child can imitate.
Communication occurs mainly through expression in the face. The baby will also use the voice actively to achieve contact and attention, as well as body and mimicry. When you communicate together, your baby will now learn to wait while you talk.
Distinguishes between parents and other people even more.
Hearing the baby laughing and chattering is absolutely wonderful and the baby will make loud sounds to call for attention. Crying is used to call attention, and you may also notice that your child is starting to show anger. This is a deliberate act, a new milestone in the baby's development.
You may find that your baby has a sense of humor as some things will be more fun than others.

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