Gains approximately ¼ to ½ pound/week
Body temperature ranges from 96.4*F to 99.6*F
Arms and legs are of equal length, size, and shape
Legs may appeared slightly bowed
Cries with tears
Grasps with entire hand, but strength is insufficient to hold items
Holds hands in open or semi-open position
Raises head and upper body on arms when placed on stomach
Reaches for objects
Begins rolling from front to back
Follows moving objects vertically and horizontally
Imitates gestures that are modeled, such as bye-bye
Looks in the direction of sounds
Speech and Language Development
Babbles and coos when spoken to or smiled at
Laughs out loud
Recognizes and reaches out to familiar faces and objects
Stops crying when parent or caregiver comes near
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Four Months your child does NOT:
Continue to show steady increases in height, weight, and head circumference
Smile in response to smiles of others
Follow a moving object with eyes focusing together
Bring hands together over midchest
Turn head to localize sounds
Begin to raise head and upper body when placed on stomach
Reach for objects or familiar persons
Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?
- First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
- Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.
*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.