month 4

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.

Or not.

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:

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:

Teething

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:

Sleep

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:

Feeding

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:

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19 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:

    thanx

  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

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