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4 Month Well Care


Growth & Development

  • Your baby now smiles spontaneously, laughs aloud, is excited at the sight of food and has more conversational sounds.
  • Your baby reaches for and grasps objects and will often put them in his/her mouth.
  • There is no more head lag.
  • The legs can now bear weight and your baby will push with his/her feet if held upright.


  • 4 to 6 feedings (24 to 32 ounces) per 24 hours.
  • Cereal fortified with iron, dry pack rice or barley cereal mixed with formula or breast milk to a thin consistency can be introduced.


  • Always keep small objects and plastic bags away from your baby.
  • Always keep a hand on your baby on any high surface from which he/she could fall and be hurt.
  • Never leave baby alone in bathwater, even in a bath seat or ring.
  • Lower the crib mattress before baby is able to sit upright.
  • Make sure side are always up on the crib.
  • Do not use a baby walker.


  • Encourage interactive play with your baby.  Good toys include rattles, baby mirrors, cradle gyms, and bells.
  • Playpens can be used now.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in jolly jumpers, swings or infant seats.
  • Use a cold teething ring if your baby has sore gums with teething.

Next Visit: 6 month checkup