Baby Development 4 months

Baby Development 4 months


Your four month old baby

Baby Development 4 months
By 16 weeks old your baby will probably be able to…


Physical Development

  • Actively kicks his legs
  • Wave his arms about
  • Move his head to follow movement
  • Watch his hands
  • Use his fingers to play


Sensory Development

  • Move his head to look around
  • Focus his eyes
  • Following with his eyes
  • Respond to smell
  • Respond to touch


Cognitive Development

  • Recognise and respond to you
  • Coo and smile


Language and Communication

  • Imitate noises and facial expressions
  • Make cooing and gurgling noises
  • Laugh
  • 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

Baby Development 4 months: 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


Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

About Janine 664 Articles
As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - 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, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.