Written by Suma rp
It’s been four whole months since the little bundle of joy came into your life. It has been nothing short of exhaustion and excitement for you and most of the family around you. Your baby tends to grab the attention of almost everyone and retains it for a long time. Such is a baby’s cuteness. Have you been following a few top activities for a 4 month old baby?
It is exciting to watch as they develop new skills, learn to do something new with their limbs; understand and respond to words or expressions. Doing something fun with your baby at this stage can entertain and teach them at the same time. Your baby is like a sponge now, absorbing everything you expose them to.
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Many babies will be diligently trying to roll over to their backs from their tummies. Some babies might have done this once or more already. As the physical strength increases, a baby’s limits increase too. Cognitive development enables them to understand bright and dull colors, identify familiar faces and show a preference for toys. Your baby will also like music and respond to certain songs or beats.
Your 4 month old can express a lot now. They can coo in a different tone to get your attention, cry in different ways to express dissatisfaction, and show facial expressions when something surprises them. Try switching off the fan and switching it back on after it stops rotating, you will see the surprise and glee on your baby’s face. The tiny brain is constantly trying to learn and register everything your baby is exposed to.
As your baby grows, you can do a lot more with them. Doing activities with your baby will not only help them improve or learn new skills but will strengthen your bond too. When you spend some quality time with your baby, they thrive, you understand them better and can help them in this journey.
Identifying the most fun activities for this age can be a bit of a challenge. Don’t worry, we have a list ready just for you!
Babies love to listen to your voice, it can be the mother, father or any primary caregiver. Since they keep hearing this voice around them, they pay attention to it. No matter what they are doing or playing with when you speak, their brain refocuses all attention on you.
Here are a few benefits of talking to your baby
|Language Development||When you keep speaking to your baby, they get to hear a few words repeatedly. They pick on these words, your tone as well as dialect. It helps them learn the language faster.|
|Improves Focus||When you make eye contact and speak to your baby, their focus is fully on you. They pay attention to how your mouth moves, what type of sounds come from it, and how the rest of your body moves when you speak. Their focus is fully on you. Activities can improve this focus, which can be very beneficial as your child grows.|
Babies don’t understand the concept of reflection. When you hand them a mirror, they see another baby just like them, doing all that they do. They love to stare and communicate with this reflective image of themselves, thinking it is another baby they are speaking to.
Here are a few benefits of staring in the mirror with babies
|Helps Understand Reflection||As the mirror image mimics everything the baby does, unlike other faces around them, they slowly start comprehending the concept of reflection.|
|Keeps the Baby Occupied||Babies love to see themselves in the mirror. It can engage them and give you some free time too.|
|Helps Improve Expressions||Babies will try making different faces to see how the image in the mirror does it too. It will work their facial muscles and increase their ability to show facial expressions.|
What’s not to like about bubbles? Babies love floating and bursting bubbles.
Here are a few benefits of bubble games for a 4 month old baby:
|Sensorial Development||Your baby will try to touch the bubbles or the bubbles can land on them, thus increasing sensorial awareness. They realise when the bubble touches their skin.|
|Gross Motor Development||Babies will try to reach for the bubble by moving their arms in the direction the bubble goes. It increases the mobility of the arms.|
|Hand-Eye Coordination||Trying to reach for, and touch the bubbles will improve hand-eye coordination.|
[Read : Baby’s Gross Motor Skill Development]
Babies love moving objects. A colorful ball rolling away or towards them is an exciting game for them.
Here are a few benefits of the ball rolling for your baby
|Helps Understand Movement||Babies learn balls roll and can be moved with their hands or legs. They understand their action causes the ball to move away.|
|Helps Understand Colors||They learn to differentiate between bright and other colors. Some babies may even show a preference for some shades if they are bright and attractive.|
|Improves Baby’s Grip||When your baby tries to hold a ball, especially a plastic or a slippery one, they need to improve their grip and focus. It helps them explore various holding options.|
[Read : When Do Babies Start Seeing Colors?]
It is finally time to move those tiny limbs and give your baby some mild exercises. These exercises can be made more fun, with animated voices or different expressions.
Here are a few benefits of simple exercises for babies
|Improves Limb Function||Babies generally love to move their limbs in a jerky manner. Moving them with intention will help increase their movement and development in other aspects as well.|
|Increases Awareness||Your baby becomes aware of various movements their hands and legs can do. They become more aware of the parts of their body and understand they can make them do anything they want.|
Yes, you can row, row, row your boat as the little one enjoys the repetitive motion.
Here are a few benefits of rowing game for babies
|Improves Arm Mobility||The repetitive rotation of the arms will increase mobility and help the baby understand how they can move their arms.|
|Strengthens Back Muscles||Sitting upright and moving just the upper body will work on the back muscles and make them stronger.|
Your baby’s body is slowly developing and learning to do one thing at a time. Teaching and assisting your baby in activities related to each stage of development can help improve the development too. Your baby will learn and bond better with you. They need all the attention they can get right now.
Suma is a passionate content writer with a strong keenness to understand the miracle of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Suma has successfully transitioned into a full-time content writer and a key contributor at Being The Parent. She leverages on her experimental background in chemistry and experience in writing to come up with well-researched content that helps parents struggling to deal with various medical conditions of their children.Read more.
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