by: Michelle Higgins
Baby is into her fourth month now.
Mom's milk is best…
Breast milk is still important and sufficient to take care of baby's needs. If you are a working mom you might need a combo of bottle and breast. Alternatively, you can express milk into a bottle for your baby's caregiver to feed her.
While feeding baby, do watch to see that the nipple and neck are always filled with formula, to avoid baby taking in too much air. And remember to burp her after every feed.
Some babies are ready for solid foods like cereal at this time. Babies at this age do not digest solids very well. Starting solids too early can leave insufficient room for the all-important food: milk.
You get more sleep
Baby begins to sleep less during the day (2-3 naps of an hour or so each) and more during the night, sometimes even 6 hours at a stretch.
Four-five-six…smiles and kicks
In baby's fourth month, he might begin to turn over onto his tummy. He has good control of his neck and can sit propped up. He can bear weight on his legs too. Colorful toys and rattles make him smile or reach out for them. He loves it when you imitate any sound he makes, smile and respond to his expressions.
Happy bath time…
Baby's bath time is real fun time for both of you. Talk to your four month-old baby while you bathe her and it will make her feel less insecure. Make sure her bathtub has a smooth, non-slippery surface. Have all necessary things at hand (soap, towels, fresh clothes/nappies) before you start.
Mummy! Do I still need this pacifier??
Baby explores things by putting them into her mouth, so you need to be careful about what is within her reach. Minimize use of the pacifier (if any). Use it only if you are sure baby is not crying for a particular reason. Never attach a pacifier to baby's clothes with a string.
You Have A New Person At Home: Baby’s Fourth Month Guide
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