Intellectual Development: Your Baby at 4 Months

Intellectual Development means being able to think creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems and develop keen judgement along with a lifelong readiness to learn.

Typical Skills - Language

  • Babbles strings of syllable-like sounds
  • Experiments with sounds using variation in pitch and tone
  • Communicates pain, fear, and loneliness through crying; joy or interest by cooing sounds
  • Uses his own special kind of cry when hungry
  • Makes babbling sounds when looking at toys or people
  • Listens to music or a music box

Typical Skills - Thinking Skills

  • Starts to explore things by bringing them to his mouth
  • Turns head toward sound to find out where it comes from
  • Uses entire body (arching, kicking, stretching) to reach towards a toy that intrigues him
  • Has mental model for human face; knows mother or father and may resent strangers
  • Becomes aware of his own fingers and how they feel different from another’s touch

Emerging Skills - Language

  • Attempts to make consonant sounds

Emerging Skills - Thinking Skills

  • Finds an object that is partially hidden
  • May transfer a toy from one hand to the other
  • Swipes at objects with open hand of one arm but often misses
  • Begins to figure out appropriate responses to other people’s actions

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