Babies come in all shapes and sizes, but baby development at 3-4 months typically has a few things in common. Here’s what your baby might be doing, how you can help and when to see a child health professional.Baby development at 3-4 months: What’s happening
Helping baby development at 3-4 months Here are a few simple things you can do to help your baby’s development at this age:
Sometimes your baby won’t want to do some of these things – for example, they might be too tired or hungry. Your baby will use baby cues to let you know when they've had enough and what they need.Crying and how to respond Sometimes you’ll know why your baby is crying. When you respond to your baby's crying – for example, by changing your baby's nappy when it’s wet or feeding your baby if they're hungry – your baby feels comfortable and safe.
Never shake a baby. It can cause bleeding inside the brain and likely permanent brain damage. It’s okay to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your baby, talk to your spouse, a family member, friends or seek professional help. Parenting a 4-month old Every day you and your baby will learn a little more about each other. As your baby grows and develops, you’ll learn more about what your baby needs and how you can meet these needs.
When to be concerned about baby development See your paediatrician or General Practitioner (GP) if you have any concerns or notice that your four-month-old is having any of the following issues.Seeing, hearing and communicating Your baby:
If you notice that your baby is losing skills they once had, you should see a child health professional. You should also see your GP if you notice the signs of postnatal depression in women or postnatal depression in men in yourself or your spouse. Symptoms of postnatal depression include feeling sad and crying for no obvious reason, feeling irritable, having difficulty coping and feeling very anxious. Children grow and develop at different speeds. If you’re worried about whether your child’s development is ‘normal’, it might help to know that ‘normal’ varies a lot. But if you still feel that something isn’t quite right, see your paediatrician or GP. Video: Connecting and communicating (0-6 months) Watch this video and learn the importance of communicating with your baby, and how it helps her learn and develop.
Play is a great relationship builder. Spending time playing with your child sends a simple message – you are important to me. Help your child learn about who she is and where she fits in the world.READ MORE