4-Month-Old Baby (16 Weeks)
Baby Toys/Grown-up ToysAs your 4-month-old baby becomes more and more aware of his surroundings, you might notice him reaching for more household items. As new textures and sounds begin to intrigue her, you might begin to notice a new detail that she might be attracted to. Grown-up things! Remotes, calculators, and telephones -- you name it. She may want to investigate all of the things that she has seen you "playing" with.
Many of the things she will try to play with are definite no-no's. If she does pick up something that you are okay with letting her play with, make sure that:
- There are no detachable, small pieces that can be swallowed or choked on.
- There is no other possibility of injury from the item -- check for sharp corners, electrical currents, wiring, lead paint, and/or glass.
- There is no accessibility to the battery compartment.
- You won't mind if it breaks. Babies love to throw things on the floor to hear the noise it makes -- and the reaction it gets!
(Click Baby Proofing to learn how to avoid common safety problems for infants around the house.)
Vaccines for a 4-Month-Old BabyWhen your baby is 4 months old, he will get another round of infant immunizations at his well baby check-up. Polio is a highly contagious illness that can spread easily from person to person. In fact, when a person is infected with polio, it is expected that polio transmission among susceptible household contacts will occur in nearly 100 percent of children and over 90 percent of adults.
Thankfully, the widespread availability and use of the polio vaccine has led to complete elimination of polio cases in the United States. While that sounds like a convincing argument not to have your child immunized against this disease, remember that it has not been eliminated from the rest of the world. If vaccinations for polio prevention were stopped, polio would return to pre-vaccine levels in the United States, and hundreds of people would die from polio-related illnesses.
(Click Polio Vaccine to learn more about this infant immunization.)