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Child Development Timeline


4 to 5 Month Developmental Milestones
At this stage, babies begin holding objects and teething begins.
At this stage, babies begin holding objects and teething begins.
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4 MONTHS OLD

Growth

  • Gains 1 lb/month

Movement and Activity

  • No head lag when pulled to sitting position from lying on back
  • Reaches and grasps objects, brings to them to mouth while lying on back
  • Holds objects indefinitely
  • Stands when held
  • Plays with hands and feet

Social/Emotional

  • Shows displeasure at withdrawal of social contact
  • Excited at the sight of food

Communication

  • Remains silent while others speak, then vocalizes

5 MONTHS OLD

Movement and Activity

  • Transfers object from hand to mouth to opposite hand
  • Begins to teethe

Social/Emotional

  • Plays with mirror image

Communication

  • Imitates speaker
  • Sing-song quality to voice
  • Makes raspberry sound

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