Your baby likely has the capacity for a back-and-forth exchange with you. Pay attention to how your baby responds to your questions, and pause to allow time for your baby to answer.

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What's happening at 4 months:

At four months old, your baby's personality is developing. Your baby can be a lot of fun and will likely attempt to carry on a conversation with you, or anyone else around them. Talk with your baby often as you dress, feed, and bathe your baby, and narrate your actions as you do so. Repeat sounds often and try to get your baby to mimic them, like “Want to play with the b-b-ball?” and “It’s time for your b-b-bottle.”

Look for these expected behaviors at 4 months: 

  • Smiles spontaneously, especially at people
  • Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops
  • Copies some movements and facial expressions (smiling, frowning)
  • Begins to babble
  • Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears
  • Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain or being tired
  • Lets you know if she is happy or sad
  • Responds to action
  • Reaches for toy with one hand
  • Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
  • Follows moving things with eyes from side to side
  • Watches faces closely
  • Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance
  • Holds head steady, unsupported
  • Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface
  • May be able to roll over from tummy to back
  • Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbow

Talk to your doctor if you notice your child:

  • Doesn't watch things as they move
  • Doesn't smile at people
  • Can't hold head steady
  • Doesn't coo or make sounds
  • Doesn't bring things to mouth
  • Doesn't push down with legs when feet are on a hard surface
  • Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions

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