Four months often marks a significant change in baby’s development, personality and daily activities. The fog of unbearable colic has lifted to reveal a smiling, laughing, enjoyable little person who is more alert, focused and personable. Sure, he might be drooling like a Labrador and working his way through sleep training, but overall things are looking up, right! Everyday tasks that used to be daunting (like breastfeeding, bottle washing and daily chores) are now becoming second-nature, and you may have even settled into a rhythm – whether that’s returning to work in the office or taking quick-to-plan strolls to the park.
While some moms feel that life is more manageable, others are still finding their footing – which is also normal. You’ll adjust in your own time – just take a moment to appreciate your sweet, smiling baby, who is increasingly more entertaining, yet hasn’t quite hit the worrisome age of mobility.
Continue, too, to follow Babble’s month-by-month guide for advice and general understanding of what you’re experiencing. During month four, you might find yourself facing situations that you have no idea how to handle (like sleep training, teething and introducing solid foods) and no clue what is normal (like urinary incontinence, sexual discomfort and the dreaded return of your period) – which is where we come in, to lend a hand.
And when the month is over, be sure to come back and share your tips on how you survived sleep training, relieved teething symptoms and decided on your new mode of contraception. A solution shared is a problem halved, or something like that.
Baby’s Health and Well-being
Many parents find the fourth month to be a significant shift in their baby’s development, activities and personality. With the newborn phase behind you, you’re now entering the world of infancy – complete with drooling, belly laughs and non-stop milestone marking. Although there is lots of fun to be had in these formative months, all of these changes can naturally bring questions and concerns. Some things you might be wondering about include:
- The 4-month check-up: What to expect and what to ask.
- Changes in your baby’s bowel movements and digestion.
Mom’s Health and Well-Being
Even though your physical recovery period is typically over and exhaustion is becoming semi-manageable, your body isn’t going to immediately snap back to normal. Most importantly, you’re not immune to postpartum depression – even four-months deep. Here are some other issues you might be experiencing:
- Incontinence: All of the areas you can be leaking from.
- The return of your menstrual period.
- How to relieve your aches and pains.
- Easing back into sex.
Your baby might be showing signs of teething without you even knowing it – or, on the other hand, it might be an issue that seems to be getting worse by the day. Here’s everything you need to know:
Gone are the days when your baby would snooze whenever and wherever, no matter the time of day or level of noise. In fact, you’ll probably notice a huge shift in your baby’s sleep habits from this point forward. Here’s what you might be wondering about:
- How much your baby should be sleeping.
- What exactly is sleep training, and are you ready to try it?
- Finding a sleep training philosophy that suits your personality and lifestyle.
While you might continue to exclusively feed your baby breast milk or formula, many experts agree that some four-month-old babies are ready to be introduced to the world of solid foods. Keep in mind that many families (especially those with a history of food allergies) choose to wait until the six-month mark, so look to your baby for readiness cues.
Development and Milestones
One of the most anticipated aspects of infancy is watching your baby hit milestone after milestone, and seeing your baby’s personality and abilities develop. While not every baby develops according to a textbook, here are certain things you and your little one might be experiencing:
- Developmental milestones like laughing, swatting, rolling and so much more.
- New playtime activities to foster your baby’s development.
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