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Baby's 4-Month Checkup: What to Expect

By now, your baby may be smiling, laughing, and cooing. She's also growing fast. Her birth weight may have almost doubled. You'll probably have a lot of questions for your baby's doctor at this visit.

Here's what to expect at your baby's 4-month checkup.

You Can Expect Your Baby's Doctor to:

  • Check your baby's weight, length, and head circumference
  • Perform a physical exam of your baby
  • Give your baby a 2nd round of vaccines (DTaP, Hib, polio, PCV, and rotavirus)
  • Check your baby's hearing and eyesight

 

Questions Your Baby's Doctor May Ask

  • Is your baby rolling over one way yet?
  • Is your baby able to push up onto his forearms and lift his head yet?
  • Is your baby cooing or babbling yet?
  • Does your baby respond to loud noises?
  • Does your baby follow an object with his eyes?

 

Developmental Questions You May Have

  • When will my baby sit up?
  • When will my baby start crawling?

 

Baby Development Tips

  • Don't expect baby to sit up or crawl for a few more months.
  • Your baby may be able to roll from front to back soon.
  • Your baby can probably grab objects, including your hair or earrings.
  • Your baby can also put objects into his mouth, so be aware of choking hazards!
  • Give your baby different textures to explore, like a wooden spoon or furry toy.
  • Hold a toy in front of your baby so he can reach for it and grab.
  • Read and sing to your baby a little each day. Your baby will love it!

 

Questions You May Have About Solid Foods

  • Is it too soon for my baby to eat solids?
  • Should I cut back on nursing when my baby starts solids?

 

Tips for Starting Solids

Your baby must be able to sit up on his own and hold his head and neck up properly before you start solids.

  • Try starting with an iron-fortified infant rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula.
  • Don't worry if baby only takes one to two spoonfuls.
  • Be sure to use a small, baby spoon as baby's mouth is still very small.
  • Your baby may push the spoon right back out with her tongue! This is normal at first.
  • Expect to continue nursing or bottle-feeding through baby's first year.

 

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