BABY AND TODDLER - 4 MONTHS

Social/Emotional

  • Smiles spontaneously, particularly at people
  • Likes to play with people
  • Copies some movements and facial expressions – smiling and frowning
     

Language/Communication

  • Begins to babble
  • Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears
  • Cries in different ways which show hunger, pain, and fatigue
     

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Lets you know if she is happy or sad
  • Responds to affection
  • Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance
     

Movement/Physical Development

  • Fine motor
    • Reaches, pulls objects to mouth
    • Holds a toy and shakes it
  • Gross motor
    • Holds head steady, unsupported
    • Supports weight though legs when child is held upright with feet resting on
      a hard surface
    • Rolls from front to back
    • Swings at dangling toys
    • Pushes up on elbows during tummy time
       

Ask for help if your child:

  • Does not smile at people
  • Cannot hold head steady
  • Does not bring things to mouth
  • Does not support weight through legs when held upright with feet resting on
    a hard surface

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