If you are surprised about how fast your infant has grown and changed from birth to three months, then you are in for more exciting surprises in the months following.
During months 4 to 6, the developments expected to happen in your baby’s life are huge.
I have great news!
You are past the constant waking up and feeding stage.
The newborn days are over and as your baby becomes more vigilant and mobile, each day becomes more adventurous and exciting. The following are the most important baby developmental milestones you can expect between ages 4 to 6 months:
Develops clearer and full color vision
Your baby can now distinguish between familiar people and strangers. Reading books with bright and colorful pictures to your baby will help him identify the differences in colors. You may find your baby exploring his fingers and toes or focusing on a particular toy.
Rolling from stomach to back and vice versa is a new trick your baby must have picked by now. His arms, neck and back become stronger every time he does this. To help your baby roll over, place colorful toys beyond his reach. He will learn that rolling over will help him reach the toy.
Responds to his name
You may notice your little one looking at you and smiling when you call out his name. Don’t forget to reward him with hugs and kisses as he smiles at you. You can help him identify things and people by teaching him the names of everything your baby encounters daily.
Sits with support
At this age, most babies are able to sit up with a little support from parents or by propping themselves up on their hands. To help your baby sit more comfortably, keep many pillows and cushions around him.
Reaches for objects
If you place objects just out of his reach, you can see him leaning forward and trying to reach them. Give him clean objects of different colors and textures so that he can explore them by either touching or putting them in his mouth.
Always make sure that the things you give your baby to play with are lightweight, unbreakable and big enough so that he can’t swallow and choke on them.
Responds to noises and actions
Making silly faces and funny noises may throw your baby into a fit of laughter. Some babies tend to be shy and too sensitive to be involved in the game. Let him watch until he is comfortable enough to join in the fun.
Keep in mind that all babies develop at a pace of their own. Infants born prematurely will take longer time to reach many of these milestones than other babies of the same age. The growth and developmental milestones explained here should only be used as a reference to get a general idea about what stage your baby is at or where he is heading. Any concerns regarding your infant’s development should be consulted with your pediatrician.