Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 4 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Lifts head and chest when on her stomach and supports herself on forearms or on outstretched arms
  • Turns head in all directions to follow a toy when lying on stomach
  • Brings both hands to chest and keeps head in midline when lying on back
  • Holds head steady when supported in a sitting position; may prefer sitting to lying down
  • Thrusts legs and feet against bottom of crib over and over
  • Rolls from side to side on stomach

Emerging Skills

  • Rolls from stomach to back
  • Uses protective extension i.e., stretches arms and legs downward

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