Reaching & Recognizing: Your Baby's 4th Month Developmental Leap!

Reaching & Recognizing: Your Baby's 4th Month Developmental Leap!


Mumma, Dada, did you know that by the end of my fourth month, I’m learning and doing so many new things? Here’s what I’ve been up to:

The Benefits of My Early Development

Gross Motor Skills: I might be able to roll from front to back. When I’m face down, I can move from side to side until I roll over onto my back. I make vigorous, swimming-like movements. I can put my feet in my mouth and suck my toes. While in a supported sitting position, I can keep my head balanced and upright.

Fine Motor Skills: I use an ulnar palmar grasp, holding objects using the ulnar side of my palm without using my thumb. I can hold objects with both hands. I reach for objects with one or both hands. I want to touch, grab, manipulate, shake, and taste objects. I can hold and drop objects, but I still can’t pick them up.

Cognitive Development: I repeat actions that cause interesting reactions or results. My long-term memory is increasing, especially with familiar faces and voices. I make more deliberate movements and start anticipative movements, like extending my arms and opening my hands, when I see a desired toy. I explore the physical properties of objects, such as their weight and shape, and other characteristics like position and distance.

Speech Development: I’m interested in producing and imitating new sounds. I might direct sounds toward nearby people, objects, and toys.

Sensory Development: My eye-body coordination is improving, and I can look at an object and try to reach it. I’m beginning to perceive depth. I deliberately turn my head toward objects and sound sources.

Self-Care: I enjoy bath time and lift my head when lying on my back in the tub.

Social-Emotional Development: I engage with other people, with a preference for you, Mumma, and Dada. I smile more openly. I actively look around when in a new place, exploring my surroundings. I laugh as a method of socializing and cry when playtime is over or stopped.

Types of my developmental milestones

Other Development Highlights: I’m beginning to understand cause and effect. My short-term memory continues to improve but is still limited to a few seconds. My feeding and sleeping schedules are increasingly established. I’m learning that you respond to my crying, and I may use it to get your attention.

Physical Development: I can support my upper body with my hands on the floor during tummy time. I shake a rattle toy with my hand to make sounds. I can move to a side position from face-up and go to a tummy-down position from a side position. I can direct my toes to my mouth using my hands. I raise my hands to hold items when placed close by. I lift my neck and balance it while being pulled to a sitting position. I show a strong grip and try to lift my upper body when holding your fingers or a rod with both hands. I can follow objects during tummy time by moving my head and eyes. I can hold my body and head in a sitting posture but tumble due to a lack of balance. I can take weight on my legs for a few seconds when you hold me up by my hands. My body still wobbles, but I’m starting to balance.

Activity Kit 2: 3 - 4 Months

How to Support My Development

Communication Development: I look in the direction of the person speaking to me. I try to imitate a few words with ‘a’ vowel sounds, like ma, pa, da, etc. I show likes and dislikes for rhymes and music through sounds and body actions.

Social and Emotional Development: I respond clearly to expressions like smiles, laughter, sad faces, crying, or loud sounds. I show excitement by moving my hands and legs and making sounds. I cry when engagement or play is disturbed.


Research shows that these early developmental milestones are crucial for my growth and learning. According to studies in Pediatrics and Infant Behavior & Development, engaging with me through talking, playing, and responding to my needs helps enhance my cognitive, motor, and social-emotional development.

Maa and Daddy, your love and interaction play a significant role in my development. Keep talking, playing, and cuddling with me, and watch how I grow and learn every day!


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