4 month: one day from the life of your crumbs
Children by 4 months are becoming more dexterous, reach out handles to objects, they know how to hold a head, and some try to crawl. The weight of a child at this age is two times higher than at birth. Needs for sleep and nutrition change. How much should a 4-month-old baby sleep? How to organize the correct regime of the day and nutrition of a little man for the most harmonious development?
The period of the newborn is long behind, the baby has passed the first stages of adaptation in this world.
The period of the newborn is usually considered to be the first 4 weeks of a newborn’s life. This is the time when the baby’s organism adapts to the surrounding world: the organs are checked for readiness for a new life.
Overcoming the boundary in four months, some children give parents the opportunity to sleep all night. Infants of this age are able to sleep for up to 7-8 hours in a row. By night sleep, three more stretches of time are added during the day for 2-3 hours, and the total should be from 14 to 16 hours of rest per day. Children at 4 months wake up early, around five in the morning. Awakening of the baby is a great time to feed. Perhaps after this he is again asleep. Crumbs up to two years like to fall asleep next to my mother, and you can pamper them in these minutes, putting them in bed.
Unfortunately, this behavior is not typical for all children. At many during this period there is a so-called regress of a dream. The child suddenly becomes capricious, tired, restless, demandingly asking for arms, in the arms of his mother, often wants to eat. He no longer sleeps for a long time, but on the contrary, often wakes up or simply can not fall asleep. Children suddenly begin to wake up at night every 2 hours, and parents are forced to either feed them to fall asleep again, or to rock on their hands. This phenomenon is associated with the maturation of the baby’s brain and with the nature of the dream, which becomes as in adults and instead of the deep one is divided into two phases: slow and fast. Adapt to the new regime baby is not easy. Passing every time from a fast phase to a slow one, the child risks to wake up, and the parents’ help is needed so that he falls asleep again.
In the opinion of Dr. Komarovsky, you can also take the baby out on the balcony. This allows mom to use time more rationally, devote to cleaning and cooking. In this case, the doctor believes, the child can spend all day on the balcony, except for periods of feeding and changing clothes.
Doctor Komarovsky on walks in the open air - video
An important point in daily routine is bathing. A warm bath baby should be taken in the evening, before the last feeding. It calms, relaxes the crumbs, which is very important for a strong night's sleep. In the water you can add tea from the string or chamomile. These herbs perfectly remove redness and irritation on the baby's skin, if any. After the bath, the child will not be disturbed by a massage with moisturizing oil or lotion. Children of this age have muscular hypertonia, and massage helps to soothe the legs and hands that are too moving.
Dr. William Sears, a popular pediatrician in the US, talks about the benefits of sharing a bath with a baby. The main thing is to observe safety rules and comfortable water temperature. You can buy special gloves for soaping and, putting them on, hold the baby.
Потребности в питании 4-месячного ребёнка и график кормлений
Кроме грудного молока и смеси, многие родители начинают давать малышу прикорм. Важно отметить, что решение о прикорме в 4 месяца и о том, какие именно продукты вводить, принимает педиатр, иногда совместно с аллергологом.
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