4 months: tactile sensations
By the fourth month, most of the problems with infantile colic usually go away, and the baby arrives almost all day in a positive mood. He still does not know how to move independently, so he can’t bring much confusion. However, the child is very happy to communicate with you.
This is a great time to develop emotions and laughter. It is at 4 months that a child can start to laugh, and not just smile. Active communication of the baby with others occurs with the help of many different babble sounds.
♦ Learns to roll from back to stomach and knows how to roll from abdomen to back.
♦ In the position on the abdomen, it extends the arms, resting on them and raises the body, tearing the chest away from a horizontal surface.
♦ Clearly distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar people, familiar people emotionally emphasizes.
♦ Actively smiles in response to new sounds made by adults.
♦ babbles, simple syllables may appear in babble.
A child at this age learns the world through tactile sensations. All new items that are in range, he immediately pulls into his mouth. That is how he learns the world.
Make sure that small objects do not appear in the child’s playing field, so that the child cannot swallow or inhale them. In general, toys and objects that cannot pass through the toilet paper sleeve are considered safe for the baby. Remember that the game must first and foremost be safe.
How to organize the life of a baby in 4 months
The baby has a fairly well-defined regime. That is, he distinguishes between day and night. At night, he periodically wakes up to feed and immediately falls asleep. In the afternoon, 2-3 (sometimes 4) sleeps are highlighted, between which he is awake. The wakefulness period is approximately 2 hours, after which the child falls asleep, even for 20-30 minutes. Usually, children of this age have one long daytime sleep and several short sleeps.
Walking four-month-olds is approximately 2 hours. But you don’t need to strive for “contrary to everything” to walk for 2 hours. You can break the walk into several smaller ones. If the baby sleeps on the street, then you can predict a walk under one of the short dreams, so that he sleeps at home for a long sleep. This is the time that mom can use for herself and household chores: sleep, cooking, cleaning.
At the age of 4 months, it is necessary to introduce rituals for going to bed at night: bath, massage, lullaby. A daily ritual will help the child calm down and tune into sleep, and subsequently it is easier to fall asleep.
How to play
The emotional development of the child is what should be emphasized in 4 months. Various hugs, tickles, new sounds, funny faces – that is what your baby loves and what will make him smile or even laugh.
4 months is the period of formation of tactile sensations. You can stimulate their development with various materials. You can invite your child to touch a variety of textured fabrics such as faux fur, silk or cotton. Remember that most likely the baby will pull them in his mouth, so do not leave him alone with these developing home-made objects.
It will be interesting for the child to play with an unbreakable mirror. Attach this to the wall of the crib and watch how it will look at its reflection and make grimaces.
What can be taught
Education for children under 4-5 years old should take place exclusively in a playful way.
The kid already clearly sees objects at different distances and focuses his eyes well. He can take a long look at the toy that is in his hand.
The child’s speech development is continuous. Hearing an adult’s speech, he begins to communicate more actively. Every day he pronounces more and more syllables. If at this (or any other) age to limit communication with the child, then he again rolls down to a simple agukany.
Initial development of speech
The first syllables appear in about 4 months. They are not yet conscious, it is only preparation for a full speech. In most cases, the child still does not know how to double syllables (yes, yes, ma-ma, ba-ba). Speech at this age becomes another way of communicating with adults. That is, the baby learns not only to scream and cry, in order to attract the attention of an adult.
What a child feels and how he behaves
4 months is one of the calmest periods of a child’s life. Colic has already ended, and teething has not yet begun. Try to relax, get positive emotions, meet friends and keep in touch with the outside world.
In an unfamiliar environment, the baby will first look at new faces, and when he gets used to it, smile at new people (while remaining in your hands). For the child, you are the guarantor of security.