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Your amazing baby at 4 months: babbling, playing and more

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Baby playing with toy rings

By the end of four months, your baby will reach these important developmental milestones:

  • Smiles spontaneously
  • Plays with people and maybe cries when the fun stops
  • Copies facial expressions
  • Begins to babble
  • Cries in different ways, depending on the need/want
  • Responds to affection
  • Uses hands and eyes together, such as reaching for a toy
  • Recognizes people who are far away
  • Holds head steady
  • Pushes down with legs when feet are on hard surface
  • May roll over from tummy to back
  • Shake a toy
  • Pushes up with elbows when on tummy

Call your doctor if your baby:

  • Doesn't respond to people
  • Doesn't watch things as they move
  • Can't hold head steady
  • Doesn't coo or make sounds
  • Doesn't bring things to mouth
  • Doesn't push down with legs when feet are on hard surface

If you don't have a doctor or would like a free developmental screening, call HomeSafe at 561-383-9800 or 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (4 month milestones)

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