Your Supported Sitter's impressive progress

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Highlights
  • Your Supported Sitter’s consistent growth rate is most important.
  • Talking to your baby and repeating his sounds back to him helps stimulate language development.
  • Your baby is learning to focus and follow objects with his eyes.

By now, your baby has probably gained enough muscle control, strength and balance to take the next big step: attempting to sit up! As he continues to grow and take on new challenges, try not to focus too much on individual weight and length. It’s about his consistent growth rate over time.

Remember, all babies are different. It’s important that your baby follows his own growth curve, as plotted on his individual growth chart. If you have any concerns, speak to your pediatrician. 

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Learning language

Your baby is learning about language by listening to you. At around four months, he’s noticing your sounds, pitch and rhythm, and beginning to imitate you by babbling. Reinforce his sounds with words that include his sound. So when he says “da,” you say “daddy.” 

Around 4 to 6 months, your baby may begin to understand that different cries mean different things and use them to communicate to you.


Seeing the world in a new way

Your baby’s vision is playing an important role in his motor skill and cognitive development. His eyes are functioning better, which helps him process what he’s seeing. 

Around four months old, your baby can see several feet away, recognize the differences in colors and has developed some depth perception. You might notice that he is beginning to follow objects with his eyes. He’s getting ready to reach for the toys he wants!

Good nutrition for healthy growth and development

Iron, as well as DHA and ARA, are important for your Supported Sitter's healthy growth and development.

Iron is important for healthy brain development. Iron supplements are recommended for fully and partly breastfed infants receiving at least half of their daily feedings from breastmilk. Supplementation should start at four months and continue until Iron-rich solid foods, like infant cereal and pureed meats, are introduced (typically around the middle of the first year).

Talk your baby’s doctor to find out how much Iron he needs.

DHA and ARA are two fatty acids also shown to help support brain and eye development. Both breastmilk and most infant formulas have DHA and ARA; certain baby cereals have DHA.  
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