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At four weeks old, your baby is beginning to interact with you. At this time, your baby will have a one-month well-baby checkup. This visit will typically consist of more immunizations and discussing with your pediatrician how your baby is doing developmentally. In particular, your four-week-old baby should be able to lift his or her head from a lying-flat position.

Your Baby at 4 Weeks Old: An Overview

Welcome to week four. At four weeks old, your baby might be spending a little more time awake than before. With feedings getting easier and possibly quicker, there is more time left over for you to interact.
Playing with and bathing a four-week-old baby can be fun, but there are some things you need to know. Also, handling the influx of unsolicited baby advice can be daunting. We have some ideas that might be helpful.

The One-Month Well-Baby Check

When your baby has reached four weeks of age, you will be asked to bring him or her to your healthcare provider again. These visits are great for first-time parents to have all of their questions answered. Because so much of this is still so new, you probably have several questions that come up on a daily basis. Make a point to write them down so that you have your thoughts organized when you are with your healthcare provider. This way you can avoid being sidetracked and make the most of your time during the appointment.
In addition to the physical examination, the healthcare provider will ask you about your observations and discuss how your baby is doing in regard to the early developmental milestones. At this age, the main milestone is the ability to lift his or her head from a lying-flat position.
During this visit, your baby will also likely receive one or more immunizations. One thing that you might want to do is keep your own record of the immunizations that your baby receives. It can't hurt to have this information handy.
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