PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What motor skills milestones should you expect in your 4-month-old?

ANSWER

Your baby is becoming more dexterous and doing more with his or her hands, which now work together to move a toy or shake a rattle. In fact, those hands will grab for just about anything within reach, including a stuffed animal, your hair, and any colorful or shiny object hanging nearby. By now, your baby’s head should no longer be wobbly. Four-month-olds have pretty good head control while sitting supported, and they can hold their head and chest upright while lying on their stomach during tummy time. They also can kick and push with their feet. Some babies have even figured out how to roll from tummy to back at this point.

From: Baby Development: Your 4-Month-Old WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Feigelman S, ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton, BF, eds. 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics,th

Sears, W, MD, and Sears M, Little, Brown & Company, 1993. The Baby Book,

National Library of Medicine: ''Age-appropriate diet for children.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Jennifer Shu, MD, Pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group, Atlanta, and co-author of . Heading Home with Your Newborn

Joanne Cox, MD, Director of the Primary Care Center and Associate Chief of General Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Feigelman S, ''The first year,'' in Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton, BF, eds. 18 ed, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics,th

Sears, W, MD, and Sears M, Little, Brown & Company, 1993. The Baby Book,

National Library of Medicine: ''Age-appropriate diet for children.''

Curtis, GB, MD, MPH, and Schuler J, , Da Capo Press, 2005. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Jennifer Shu, MD, Pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group, Atlanta, and co-author of . Heading Home with Your Newborn

Joanne Cox, MD, Director of the Primary Care Center and Associate Chief of General Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What sleep milestones should you expect in your 4-month-old?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.