Social Development: Your Baby at 4 Months

Social Development means being able to make friends and get along with others, work as part of a team and be a good leader. These skills are all built on self-confidence, cooperation and trust.

Typical Skills

  • Gazes into your eyes during feeding or diapering
  • Uses her voice to initiate socializing; coughs or clicks tongue
  • Responds to and enjoys your touch
  • Makes social gestures such as waving or kicking when she sees a familiar person, for example, she will signal “pick me up”
  • Enjoys social games and play and will laugh out loud when tickled or when playing peek-a-boo with a scarf
  • Smiles and vocalizes to an actual face rather than to an image

Emerging Skills

  • May prefer one toy over others
  • Interested in and smiles at her mirror image

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