During this month, your baby will be growing rapidly. Four-month-old babies usually weigh twice more than they did at birth and will gain about 1 to ¼ pounds. Your baby will also start to grow longer. By the end of month four, you should expect your baby to grow 0.8 inches in length.
However, it is important to keep in mind that these digits are just mere approximations. Several factors can influence a child’s growth:
- How much they feed
What If My Baby Is Too Small for Their Age?
If you notice that your baby is not the same size as other babies, then it usually is not a bad thing. Babies can grow at different rates. However, it is best to raise your concerns with your baby’s physician to make sure that they are growing healthily.
If your baby is a bit chubby, then set aside your fears about obesity until they are ready to take in solid foods at around six months and onwards. Breastfed or formula-fed babies should never be denied feedings to lose weight. At this stage of their lives, babies should be given all the nutrients they need, including fat.
4-Month-Old Baby Development Milestones
Developmental milestones are skills that most children or babies can do at a certain age, which can offer insight into your child’s development. Doctors can also use these developmental milestones to determine if your baby is healthy or not.
Here are some of the key 4-month-old baby development milestones.
In terms of physical and motor skills, your baby should be able to do more types of movement. A four-month-old baby may be able to do the following:
- Your baby will be able to hold their head up while in a sitting position mostly.
- Your baby will be able to raise their head and chest while they are lying on their tummy.
- Your baby will be able to roll from their front to their backs.
By this time, your baby’s eyesight will also be able to see things well if the objects are up close. This means that they will be most putting anything within their grasp inside their mouths.
Social and Emotional Development
In terms of social and emotional development, you can expect your baby to become more and more adept at interacting with others. You can expect your baby to be able to do the following: