Baby Development: Your 4 month old


Your four month old baby

By 16 weeks old your baby will probably be able to…





Actively kicks his legs

Wave his arms about

Move his head to follow movement

Watch his hands

Use his fingers to play





Move his head to look around

Focus his eyes

Following with his eyes

Respond to smell

Respond to touch





Recognise and respond to you

Coo and smile


Language and


Imitate noises and facial expressions

Make cooing and gurgling noises


Use noise to ask for company

Be comforted by familiar voices

Turn his head towards familiar voices


 Emotional and Social Development

 Show enjoyment and pleasure with activities

Stay awake for longer periods

Be soothed and settled by your voice


Developmental leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy.


4-6 weeks – his eye sight is developing


7-10 weeks – starts to recognise simple routines, making new noises and discovering part of his body


11-13 weeks – he will be more active, squirmy and responsive and his senses are developing


Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij


By Janine Rudin, Birth & Baby

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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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