Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-4-months-old

Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-4-months-old

What are some of the milestones your little one might be meeting right about now? Let's find out.

Time flies when you are a parent. Your child is now 4 years 4 months old.It feels like yesterday that he was just a baby, and now he’s running around, talking, and learning all sorts of things about the world. You’re probably curious about the development of your child at 4 years 4 months old, and what exciting things he will learn this month. Let’s find out what to expect*.

4 Years 4 Months Old Child Development and Milestones: Is Your Child on Track?
4 years 4 months old

At age 4 and 4 months, your little one is more active, and is capable of doing more physical activities.

Physical Development

Your 4 years 4 months old child is capable of running and hopping without much trouble. He should also be able to climb and swing while playing. Here are some of the other abilities in your 4 years 4 months old child that you might encounter:

  • Can balance on one foot for more than nine seconds
  • Can go up and down the stairs without trouble
  • Pedals a tricycle
  • Is able to draw a person
  • Can use a fork and a spoon
  • Is able to dress himself, as well as brush his teeth
  • Can draw and copy simple shapes such as circles, triangles, etc
  • Can walk forwards and backwards

Your 4 years 4 months old child’s hand and finger skills should also be quite well developed at this stage. He should be able to hold a pen, draw, and grab onto small objects without any problems.

It’s important to note that your little one can be pretty active at this stage, so it’s a good idea to always keep an eye on him when he’s playing — especially since some 4 years 4 months old kids can also do somersaults!

Tips: 

  • Encourage your child to be active and learn through playing
  • Let him draw different shapes in order to further develop his hand-eye coordination and dexterity
  • Take your child to a playground and encourage him to try out the playground equipment
  • Encourage your child to engage in creative pursuits, to both improve his manual dexterity, as well as his creativity and imagination

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If you notice any peculiar signs, or irregularities in your little one’s development, then it might be a good idea to talk to a doctor about it. These are some signs to look out for:

  • If your child finds it difficult to walk, or to do other physical activities as described above.
  • If your child has trouble holding small objects such as crayons or pencils, or cannot stack blocks
4 years 4 months old

At this age, your little one starts to process and understand more and more information.

Cognitive Development

At this age, your little one is already able to hold a conversation. He might not be able to articulate well just yet, but his vocabulary is steadily growing day by day. He should also be able to express his feelings, and needs, and can answer basic questions.

Your child will also start to sing at this age, and it’s not uncommon for him to create and sing his own songs. Kids at this age also love to make up words, and act a bit silly in general!

It’s also a good idea to establish a routine for your child, so that he can get used to having structure in daily activities.

Here are some cognitive milestones to expect in your 4 years 4 months old child:

  • He starts to speak more complex sentences, and has a larger vocabulary
  • Can count up to 10
  • Can identify at least four colours and three different shapes
  • His attention span is greatly increased
  • Able to follow commands, and can do simple chores
  • He can understand the concept of time (now, later), and can follow a daily routine

Tips:

  • In order to boost your little one’s cognitive skills even further, it’s a good idea to teach your child new words. You can do this by introducing a new word during a conversation. If it’s an object, you can print out a photo, or show the actual object to your child so that he can easily remember the word.
  • To improve your child’s memory, use flashcards with shapes and colours, and integrate it into various games.
  • Whenever you read books to your child, it’s a good idea to show him the text and letters so that he starts to make a connection between the meaning of the word, and how it is written and pronounced.
  • When giving instructions, make them simple and clear. That’s because children can easily get confused with complex commands.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

  • If your child is easily distracted, or has a hard time paying attention when you’re giving instructions
  • If at this age, his vocabulary is still limited, or if he’s unable to express himself well verbally
  • He still has difficulty identifying colours and shapes
4 years 4 months old

Your child also starts to become more sociable, and eager to meet new friends.

Social and Emotional Development

In terms of social and emotional development, your 4 years 4 months old child is starting to become more considerate of others. If previously, your little one only thought of himself, he’s now become aware of other people’s feelings. He can also handle his emotions much better, and can control himself if he gets upset.

Your child can also socialise better at this age, and it’s not uncommon for him to start making friends. Expect him to walk up to other kids when you’re in a playground or a play area, in an attempt to find playmates and friends.

Here are some developments in this sphere to look out for in your child:

  • He starts to become more independent, and prefers to do certain things on his own
  • Your child is able to understand and obey rules
  • He can play with other children, and can cooperate with them
  • When he has a tantrum, he would choose to express it verbally rather than physically

Tips:

  • Encourage your little one to socialise and play with other children
  • When setting house rules, make it clear, and explain the reason why you made those rules in the first place
  • Encourage him to be independent and to do things by himself
  • Teach him socialising skills such as taking turns and sharing

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

If your child shows any of the following signs, then it’s a good idea to discuss it with a doctor to find out what might be the cause of the problem.

  • Afraid to make friends, or tends to become very aggressive with other kids
  • Doesn’t like to play with other children
  • Has extreme anxiety when left alone, or when separated from you
  • If he doesn’t respond to other people, or other children
4 years 4 months old

Your little one’s speech skills are well developed by the time he’s 4 years 4 months old.

Speech and Language Development

At this age, your child starts to become talkative. It’s normal for him to start conversations with you as well as ask a lot of questions.

His vocabulary also starts to improve at this age, and it’s not uncommon for him to learn new words everyday.

  • He starts to speak clearly, and is eager to use new words when speaking
  • Able to remember his full name 
  • He’s already able to start and continue conversations with people
  • He can answer questions, but sometimes might need some coaxing before he responds

Tips: 

  • Reading aloud to your child can help improve his ability to understand speech, as well as his vocabulary
  • Talk often to your child, and don’t be afraid to use more complicated words
  • Use flashcards to teach your child new words and letters
  • Encourage your child to start writing his name on a piece of paper

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

  • If your child has trouble speaking, or is unable to say his name
  • If he has trouble understanding simple words, or instructions
  • Has an inability to learn new words
  • If your child’s vocabulary hasn’t developed over the past year

In case your child shows any of these warning signs, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor about it. They would be able to provide the best advice and approach to help address your concerns regarding your child’s speech and language development.

Health and Nutrition

At 4 years 4 months old, your child will be about 101cm tall, and weighs about 15kg. At this age, your child is continually growing and developing, so it’s important to provide your child with healthy foods that nourish and strengthen their mind and body. It’s also important for your child to get enough rest, and plenty of exercise so that his body can grow and develop properly.

Here’s a handy chart showing some of the important nutrients your child needs:

Nutrient Amount Needed Daily What To Feed Them
Protein 20.1g (the size of your child’s palm) About 3 one-inch cubes of lean meat, such as pork, chicken, or fish per meal
Fat 25g (around 1 tablespoon) A handful of roasted nuts
Fibre 25g (around 1 tablespoon) 1 cup of brown rice, or about 3 slices of whole wheat bread per meal
Calcium 600mg (2 cups) 2 cups of full fat milk, or yoghurt

Vaccinations:

At 4 years 4 months old, there are no new vaccinations, but your child should already have got the following:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP) (5th dose)
  • Polio (IPV) (4th dose)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) (2nd dose)
  • Chickenpox (varicella) (2nd dose)

Talk to a doctor about giving your child the flu vaccine every year. 

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

  • Sudden weight gain/ loss
  • High fever (over 39 degrees C)
  • Any sudden mood changes
  • Swelling and pain after a fall 

*If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please speak to your paediatrician for professional advice. 

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References: WebMDKids’ HealthCDC

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