Developmental milestones are what most children can do by a certain age.
Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 4 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
What most babies can do at four months:
Social and Emotional = Smiles randomly, and smiles at people, enjoys playing with people and may cry if playing stops, copies some movements and facial expressions (such as smiling or frowning)
Language/Communication = begins to babble with expression, also copies sounds he hears, starts crying in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being sleepy
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) = communicates the emotions of happiness or sadness, responds to affection, reaches for toys with one hand, uses hands and eyes together, to see and reach for a toy, follows moving objects with eyes from side to side, watches faces closely and recognizes familiar people and things at a distance
Movement/Physical Development = holds head steady and unsupported, pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface, may be able to roll over from tummy to back, can hold, shake, and swing at dangling toys, brings both hands to mouth, pushes up to elbows when lying on stomach
Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:
Isn’t watching things as they move
Isn’t smiling at people
Isn’t holding their head steady
Isn’t cooing or making sounds
Isn’t bringing things to mouth
Isn’t pushing down with legs when feet are placed on a hard surface
Is having trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions
If You’re Concerned – Act Early
Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay.
For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
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