At four months of age, it is time to start preparing for turning over. Once they are able to turn over, their range of activities will expand dramatically and they will be able to spend more time playing alone.
However, until they have fully mastered turning over, it is difficult to keep an eye on them because of the danger of unexpected injury or suffocation. Tiredness reaches its peak, and many mothers and fathers experience physical and mental discomfort. Here we will discuss the growth of a 4-month-old baby.
Growth of a 4-month-old baby
By the age of four months, most babies are able to hold their heads up. Then, they begin to make curious movements, such as reaching for things in front of them while lying on their stomachs, or looking at things in the distance while sitting up. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly they are able to do.
Developmental characteristics of a 4-month-old baby
After holding the head up, the baby’s movements become more and more active. Their limbs are more dynamic than when they were newborns, and they can play in a variety of ways by raising their bodies and moving their necks freely. They play by themselves with a happy voice more and more.
They begin to practice turning over.
Through daily play, babies’ muscular strength continues to develop. By the second half of the fourth month of life, some babies will be able to turn over, which is the next step after “holding the head up”. Even if they are not able to turn over completely, this is the time when they begin to practice turning over by reaching for things that interest them and turning their bodies sideways.
Turning over is an important part of the motor development process that will lead to the next step, such as sitting up or crawling. Although there are individual differences, it is believed to be acquired between the second half of the fourth month and around six months of age. To help your baby master turn over smoothly, give him or her plenty of exercise and playtime.
When the baby can hold his/her head up, he/she is able to raise his or her head while lying on the belly. Some children begin to use their arms to move toward objects of interest while in this position. Of course, some children can crawl without doing this, but it is a great way to exercise the muscles in the arms, legs, back, and other parts of the body.
Once a baby begins to crawl, his or her range of activity is greatly expanded. Many people keep their babies in a small baby circle to prevent accidental injury. However, we believe that once a baby is able to slither around, it is better to expand the baby’s range of activity as much as possible and give him or her plenty of exercise.
How to play with a 4-month-old baby
Babies who were only touching or approaching toys that interest them before the age of four months will gradually become able to play with them in a meaningful way. This is because babies begin to associate hand movements with their senses, such as sight and hearing.
Until around 3 months of age, babies are interested in what they see and hear, but they are not able to use what they are interested in by moving their hands.
By the age of four months, however, babies begin to understand the meaning of their own hand movements. For example, when a toy with a rattle sound is played, he will reach for it to make a sound, or he will turn to a toy that makes a sound and reach for it to grab it.
Your baby is growing day by day and once they can turn over and slither, the range of the movements will expand, therefore, you need to keep your eyes on them. To help them for slither, it’s better to play with them every day.