Dr. M.J. Bazos, MD,
4 Month Old
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW OFTEN DO I FEED MY 4 MONTH OLD CEREAL
AND/OR BABY FOODS?
Start with once a
day until baby no longer exhibits the "tongue-thrust" reflex (i.e. until he can
keep foods in his mouth without spitting it all back out at you). At that point,
you can start commercially available first baby foods or you can make your own
by pureeing fruits and vegetables into a
consistency. These should be limited
to no more than 60 gram servings and not more than twice daily. Avoid salting
the baby’s food.
WILL MY BABY
SLEEP BETTER ONCE HE IS ON SOLID
There have been many studies
done to address the impression that babies sleep better once they are started on
solid foods. Unfortunately, none of the studies have shown prolonged sleeping
periods with the institution of solid
WHEN SHOULD MY BABY START TO
SLEEP ALL NIGHT?
Some babies may start
to sleep all night by 3 to 4 months of age, most should be able to sleep all
night without the need for nighttime feedings by 6 months of
WHEN CAN MY BABY GRADUATE TO AN
UPRIGHT, FRONT-FACING CAR SEAT?
the child is over 9 kg AND is a year of age, he can be put in an upright,
front-facing car seat. Until then he should be in a rear-facing inclined car
seat securely fastened in the rear seat of an automobile each and every time he
is in the automobile.
WHEN CAN MY
BABY START TO SLEEP ON HIS STOMACH INSTEAD OF HIS
Sleeping either on their back or
alternatively, on their side is the recommended position for all babies
regardless of age. Obviously, once the child is able to roll over, he will seek
the position in which he is most comfortable. Usually infants are out of the
high-risk period for SIDS by the sixth month (when they are usually able to roll
over as well).
WHEN DOES MY CHILD
RETURN FOR HIS NEXT HEALTH SUPERVISION
At 6 months of age your child
should have his next health supervision visit.