4 Month Milestone

4 months: Now what do I do? 🌿🌿🌿

Their neck and head control is pretty solid by this point so now they need time on their back to practice rolling over. Make sure the baby gets a lot of time on their back without footed pants or socks so they can easily grip the floor/rug. It’s important to let them struggle and when they do begin to cry while turning over or on their tummy, try not to fix it for them by physically showing them how to do it, rather just simply pick them up. And then put them back down to re-set the position. You want to build frustration tolerance and self-esteem which starts at this point. It’s also important not to force these motor skills, but just provide opportunities for them to practice.

This is also when I start teaching sign language- the signs I like to teach are milk, more, and all done.

All babies and families are different but most babies will be sleeping 7-8 hour stretches at this point.

As far as baby toys, I still say the simpler the better. Things that they can grab and shake, such as wooden spoons/rattles, measuring cups, pieces of cloth are great. No need to buy things as most have items in their kitchen. When you don’t over-stimulate then it sets up your baby to learn how to play independently.

And as always check with your doctor if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development.