The Power of Parenting

Thursday, 03 December 2020

Emotional Development: Your Baby at Four Months

Emotional Development means the development of a full range of emotions from sad to happy to angry, and learning to deal with them appropriately. This helps build self-esteem and leads to such deeper qualities as sympathy, caring, resiliency, assertiveness and empathy and the ability to rise to life’s challenges.

Typical Skills
  • Fusses or cries to gain attention from familiar adults, or when attention or toy is taken away from him
  • Yawns and arches back or turns away when he has had enough interaction or there is too much noise
  • Shows anticipation and excitement by breathing heavily
  • Shows he’s not sure (stops cooing and smiling) or he’s afraid (fusses) if a new person moves toward him; turns his head into shoulder of parent when a new person approaches
  • Stops crying when he hears your voice or caregiver’s; attempts to soothe himself
Emerging Skills
  • Expresses anger when he cannot get desired effect
  • May differentiate between mother’s image and his own in the mirror (knows the difference between mirror image and the real thing); turns to see mother’s “real” face
  • Follows someone with eyes and continues to look at the door when that person leaves the room

If you do this:

  • Respond to your baby’s feelings
  • Find out the best ways to soothe your baby’s upset or distress
  • Feel that her emotions are understood
  • Feel loved and secure
If you do this:

  • Play games like “peek-a-boo” or “Mummy’s coming to get you”
  • Use your baby’s name often as you talk to her
  • Learn that you leave but you come back
  • Become familiar with her own name
If you do this:

  • Call out to your baby when he starts to fuss
  • Respect your baby’s hesitancy with new people by being close or holding him
  • Learn to calm down to the sound of your voice
  • Feel a sense of security even in frightening situations