Caring for Baby

Shake, Rattle and Roll!

Shake, Rattle and Roll!

Baby loves to play at this stage, and may even cry or get upset when the playing stops. You can encourage baby to explore everything and put safe and soft toys within reach (or just out of reach) to motivate baby to stretch, move and roll.

Remember: Babies grow and develop at their own pace, and you should ask your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns.

4 Month Milestones

Look what I can do …

  • Reach for toys
  • Hold a toy and shake it
  • Start to roll from tummy to back
  • Bear weight on legs

How You Can Help

  1. Encourage baby to roll over. When baby is on her tummy, use a noise-making toy (or your voice) to encourage her to roll over and see you. Be sure your home is baby proofed so it’s safe for baby to roll around.
  2. Put on a puppet show. Your baby will love watching finger puppets or hand puppets move around. Use different voices for the puppets and sound effects, too. Have the puppets dance around, disappear and come back, and let your baby touch them and see how they feel. Hand-made puppets are easy to make — simply draw a face on a sock with a marker. At this age, it’s best to use puppets that don’t have buttons, beads or felt pieces that can fall off.
  3. Play with toys that rattle. What could be more fun than making noise?! Baby is working on strengthening his grip and hand-eye coordination. He can probably grab a toy and shake it. Show baby how you can shake toys, too, and make fast and slow rhythms.
  4. Go to the park. Baby may be excited by the change in scenery and the opportunity to watch older kids playing. Show her everything and talk about what you see. Say hi to people you know (and people you don’t know).

What’s Normal, What’s Not?

As your baby moves, kicks, wiggles and giggles, you may have lots of questions about what’s normal and what’s not. Your baby’s 4-month checkup is the perfect time to talk about baby’s growth and development, and what you can expect over the next few months.