What's your baby doing?

Shannon - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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What should my 4 month old be doing now? As a first timer, I have no idea what to expect!

He's not rolling over yet and in fact doesn't seem too interested in trying. Should he be playing with his feet? Sitting up unassisted?

He does laugh a lot, make tons of noises and hold rattles and bring them to his mouth. He's been holding his head up just fine for about 2 months now so I don't enforce a lot tummy time because he doesn't like it, but that would probably help him to start rolling right?

What are your babies doing???

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Dawn - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi there, interestingly enough, I was just looking at an article in Your Baby Magazine that had the milestones month for month!



By the end of month 3 your baby wil typically:





Raise head and chest when put on his tummy (mine only raises head a little)

kick and straighten legs when put on his back

open and shuts his hands

push down or "walk" when his feet touch a hard surface (mine doesn't do this at all)

reaches for dangling objects

grasps and shakes rattles and other small toys

begins to imitate sounds

recognises familiar faces, even at a distance

smiles at loved ones and even strangers

developing hand eye coordination

brings both hands together

kicks legs energetically

holds head with control.



Let me know if this was of any interst and I'll post the milestones at the end of every month.



 

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Candi - posted on 02/07/2009

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Jannie is holding her head up and when she lays on her back, she'll hold my fingers and pull up to standing...she skipped over the sitting part. :) She'll only roll over from her back to her tummy, but has no intrest in rolling back over. She'll stay there for a few minutes and then get mad and yell. She giggles sometimes but smiles all the time. She'll hold a rattle if it has a skinny handle and will bring it to her mouth. In just the past couple of days, she started saying things like *ga* and *goo*. I guess that's the next step in actual talking.

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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Quoting Courtney:

I have also been very interested in finding out what my little halloween boy should be doing.
He sits up assisted, swips and eventually grasps at objects, recognises faces, smiles and laughs. And even a couple of almost complete back to belly roll overs.
We have also been very lucky with the tots sleep. He goes to bed between 8.30 and 9.30pm and sleeps through til 7 or 8. stays up til 9.30 and naps til 11.30 - 12ish. then wants another nap at around 3. and sometimes another nap at 6, but not for very long.
My main concern is that he only has four 200ml formula bottles a day. I just can't seem to fit in another bottle into his little self made schedule. But it's not like he is little either, he started out at 7pound 10 and is now almost 7 kilos. Does that sound about right to you other mums?
And another quick question, when are they suppose to be ok to have a go in a jolly jumper? he loves to be held standing up and cracks up when you bouce him about, so I know he is going to just love it :)

Thanks mums, for all the previous info and hopefully for some more :)


Your baby should be okay in a jolly jumper as long as he can hold his own head steady. If you aren't too comfortable putting him in a jolly jumper, you could always use a jumper that has a head rest to help support the head just in case of those rare accidents they loose control of their heads. Once your baby gets intoduced to the jumper, he will love it. As far as the weight gain goes, as long as your doctor says he she is okay, then you have nothing to worry about. Also, as long as baby seems to be thriving, happy and not crying all the time, then he is probably getting all the food he needs. Which he seems to be doing, so don't worry about a thing. He is sleeping well, and you are one of the lucky few whose baby sleeps through the night.



Hope the info helps.

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I have also been very interested in finding out what my little halloween boy should be doing.

He sits up assisted, swips and eventually grasps at objects, recognises faces, smiles and laughs. And even a couple of almost complete back to belly roll overs.

We have also been very lucky with the tots sleep. He goes to bed between 8.30 and 9.30pm and sleeps through til 7 or 8. stays up til 9.30 and naps til 11.30 - 12ish. then wants another nap at around 3. and sometimes another nap at 6, but not for very long.

My main concern is that he only has four 200ml formula bottles a day. I just can't seem to fit in another bottle into his little self made schedule. But it's not like he is little either, he started out at 7pound 10 and is now almost 7 kilos. Does that sound about right to you other mums?

And another quick question, when are they suppose to be ok to have a go in a jolly jumper? he loves to be held standing up and cracks up when you bouce him about, so I know he is going to just love it :)



Thanks mums, for all the previous info and hopefully for some more :)

Kara - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Dawn:



Hi there, interestingly enough, I was just looking at an article in Your Baby Magazine that had the milestones month for month!






By the end of month 3 your baby wil typically:





Raise head and chest when put on his tummy (mine only raises head a little)
kick and straighten legs when put on his back
open and shuts his hands
push down or "walk" when his feet touch a hard surface (mine doesn't do this at all)
reaches for dangling objects
grasps and shakes rattles and other small toys
begins to imitate sounds
recognises familiar faces, even at a distance
smiles at loved ones and even strangers
developing hand eye coordination
brings both hands together
kicks legs energetically
holds head with control.



Let me know if this was of any interst and I'll post the milestones at the end of every month.



 



 



I found this very helpful..thank you...yes please post the milestones at the end of every month...Kara:)





 

Shannon - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Beth:

Hi! I'm also a first timer..my lil guy was born on the 4th..so he's 4 months old today!! :0)


Loxley was born on the 4th too! 

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

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My little man has two big sisters so he wants to go go go!  He is rolling over both ways, getting up on his knees, scooting, found his feet a few days ago, smiling tons, laughing, cooing and gooing, grabbing at EVERYTHING!  He loves tummy timeand bath time.  He does not sleep all night though.

Beth - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi! I'm also a first timer..my lil guy was born on the 4th..so he's 4 months old today!! :0) So far he seems pretty ahead on his milestones..maybe because he was over a week overdue?! I have no idea really but reading Dawns post he's been doing all that for a while..he rolls from back to front, but only in one direction and the same for front to back, he sits assisted, holds his head and chest off the ground from his elbows..occasionally face planting..:0)..he rips toys off his swing, tries to chew his feet, is VERY vocal,pokes out his tongue and "raspberries" and laughs with gusto at fake burps! He He!! He also lifts his bum in the air like trying to crawl with his back legs..but his front half isnt as coordinated yet..so we just have more face planting at the moment..:0)

Zoie - posted on 02/03/2009

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hey im a first timer too im 20yrs old and have no clue wat to expect my lil boy is 3mths and doesnt really like tummy time either but that is how he learnt, an idea i put a little cushion under his chest to ease the stuggle, it seem to help him wanna stay there for a bit longer and i put a couple of toys out for him to reach for...let me no if u try it!

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2009

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Please do! I think we would all be very interested in that little tidbit!

Thank you!

Dawn - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi there, interestingly enough, I was just looking at an article in Your Baby Magazine that had the milestones month for month!



By the end of month 3 your baby wil typically:





Raise head and chest when put on his tummy (mine only raises head a little)

kick and straighten legs when put on his back

open and shuts his hands

push down or "walk" when his feet touch a hard surface (mine doesn't do this at all)

reaches for dangling objects

grasps and shakes rattles and other small toys

begins to imitate sounds

recognises familiar faces, even at a distance

smiles at loved ones and even strangers

developing hand eye coordination

brings both hands together

kicks legs energetically

holds head with control.



Let me know if this was of any interst and I'll post the milestones at the end of every month.



 

Sara - posted on 02/03/2009

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Sounds like your little guy is about the same as my little girl. The most she does is roll over to her side, but she gets mad when it's tummy time! I've read that because of the "Back to Sleep" campaign, babies are rolling over later, at around 6 months or so because it's harder to go from back to belly instead of belly to back. My little girl really likes to sit up on my knee, but she can't sit up by herself. She tries to go from laying down to sitting up a lot, it looks like she's doing baby crunches! Just remember, all babies are different and I think that you're baby has hit the appropriate milestones for his age!

Shannon - posted on 02/03/2009

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Thanks everyone. I know its a loaded question and I know every baby is different but I've been curious! Sounds like he's about on par so I won't worry. And yes, he is bouncing around on people's laps and especially in his Jolly Jumper which he LOVES!

Amanda - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son is starting to laugh, smiles a lot and is starting to copy the sounds that we make.  He can sit up with support and can hold his head up just fine.  He hates tummy time.  He did roll to his side the other day so he could see my hubby better.  Normal he doesn't roll.  He has absolutely no interest in rolling onto his tummy from his back.  When he is on his tummy sometimes he does try to roll to his back but seems to be able to only get half way there.  I worry too sometimes but they all get there eventually.  I just keep reminding myself that every baby develops differently and that he is still in the normal range for everything.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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my daughter is my 4th,she is 14weeks old and shes completely different, shes held her head up from being 3-4weeks old, she always has her hands in her mouth, she doesnt hold rattles unless you are holding it with her. she makes loads of noises and giggles. she will sit on your knee and move back and fourth, but cant sit unaided

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My daughter is my fourth so she is trying to keep up with her siblings. She is rolling over both ways and sitting assisted. At this age they may start to roll over one way but not expected to until 5 or 6 months. May sit up assisted but then again they may not. They should have good head control and be smiling at his age.... and trying to swipe at things.

ZOe - posted on 02/03/2009

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hi ya, my little boy is smiling and giggling a lot, he makes lots of noises and tries to copy us when we make noises at him! he will roll onto his side, which he did at birth, but is not bothered about trying to roll onto his belly. he is our first too so not sure what else he should be doing but he seems very happy and loves kicking his legs around so i am not really concerned about him, they all do different things at different times don't they.

Crystal - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter is doing about the same as your but she loves her tummy time. Babies do different things at different times. Is he bouncing around when he's sitting on your lap. I am not worried about Katelynn because she like to bounce in her bouncer or in any ones lap. She also tosses about when she sleeps (just like mommy). I think that your son will roll over when he's good and ready.

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