4 Months

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Have fun watching your baby develop their personality right before your eyes! Expect them to begin to copy facial expressions and babble, and also learn to hold their head steady. Make sure your baby is on schedule with immunizations! Should you need additional assistance, EarlyLearn Child Care is available for up to 10 hours per day in safe, clean, loving settings. Scroll down to find out more!

Events

Parents Connect NYC in Brownsville

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register for a Parents Connect NYC session and connect with other parents of the littlest New Yorkers in your area!

Baby/Toddler Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Come enjoy stories and songs with your baby/toddler and pick up some early literacy tips to help your child's development.

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live!

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with stories and sing-along on our comfy and dancable turf lawn by the big locomotive. 

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost care for children.

Healthy food for families

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NYS Department of Health

Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 4 month olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Smile spontaneously
    • Like to play with people, cry when playing stops
    • Copy movements and facial expressions (smiling/frowning)
  • Communication

    • Begin to babble
    • Babble with expression, copy sounds heard
    • Cry in different ways to show hunger, pain, tiredness
  • Learning

    • Let caregiver know if happy or sad
    • Respond to affection
    • Can reach for toy with one hand
    • Use hands and eyes together
    • Can follow moving things with eyes from side to side
    • Watch faces closely
    • Recognize familiar people and things at a distance
  • Physical Development

    • Can hold head steady, unsupported
    • Can push down on legs when feet are on hard surface
    • Can hold toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys
    • Can bring hands to mouth
    • When lying on stomach, can push up elbows
  • Health

    • Receive needed nutrition from breast milk
    • Feed six to eight times per day
    • Wet and soil diapers on a regular basis
    • Sleep up to 14 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if 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 placed on a hard surface
    • Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions