Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-7-months-old

Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-7-months-old

Is your 4-years-7-months-old child's development on track?

Have you noticed that you now have a little adult in the house aged just 4 years 7 months old? That’s right – it’s your child! He is growing more independent, brimming with self confidence at times and can be downright bossy too!

Read on to find out about the common developmental milestones of your 4 years 7 months old child. Do bear in mind that children develop at their own individual paces, and they may achieve these milestones at different times. Please consult with your child’s paediatrician if you are concerned about his development.

4 Years 7 Months Old Child Development and Milestones: Is your Child on Track?

4 years 7 months old

Physical Development

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At 4 years 7 months old, your child should be very physically active. | Source: Pixabay

Your child may start jumping up and down when it gets close to 5 pm as he knows it’s time for the playground! There, allow your little one to run, hop, climb, swing from the monkey bars, throw and kick balls to his hearts’ content.

It’s a perfect time to teach skills like scootering, riding a tricycle or balance bike, or execute gymnastic drills like somersaulting and cartwheeling.

Here is the median height and weight* of kids who are 4 years old and 7 months:

  • Boys
    • Height: 106.4 cm (41.9 in)
    • Weight: 17.5 kg (38.6 lbs)
  • Girls
    • Height: 105 cm (41.4 in)
    • Weight: 17.1 kg (37.7 lbs)

Look out for the following skills, too:

  • Your little one can balance on one foot for at least a few seconds.
  • He can skip.
  • He can stack at least 10 blocks.
  • Your child can climb steps alone, placing one foot after the other (not both feet on one step before proceeding to the next).
  • He can walk a few steps backward.

Tips :

  • Let your child practice his new-found abilities and enjoy his independence. However, remember to always bring water when you go to the park, and dress him in a helmet and knee pads if he is cycling or scootering. If you’re going to be outdoors at dusk, bring mosquito repellent. 
  • Play fun games that strengthen existing physical skills. For example, walking 8 steps backwards, or balancing for 10 seconds on one foot. 

When to talk to your doctor:

If your child shows any of the signs below, it may be worthwhile to make a trip to your family paediatrician.

  • Is unable to stack more than 8 blocks
  • Has trouble holding a crayon or a paint brush
  • Has trouble with dressing or undressing his or herself, with cleaning their teeth, using the bathroom and washing and drying their hands

Cognitive and Language Development

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Is your 4 years 7 months old child a chatterbox or more of a thinker? | Source: Pixabay

You may need to get yourself a pair of earplugs! Your little one may be a natural chatterbox and can surprise you by easily holding a lengthy conversation not just with you but also with his friends. At this age, your child can now use logic to ask and answer questions, impressing you with the thought process they go through.

Plus your child may be your own home entertainment system. Once he or she gets in the mood, watch out for singing, dancing, performing and maybe even some magic tricks.

Other language and cognitive milestones your child may achieve this coming year :

  • Making up his own words
  • Knowing left from right
  • Work out how things work, i.e., being able to screw and unscrew a lid from a jar
  • Understand the concept of time, i.e., breakfast is in the morning, lunch is at noon and dinner is at night.
  • The ability to grasp what is past, present and future. For example, knowing what they have done, what they are doing and what they are going to do

It may be easier on you as your child can now understand complex commands such as “Please keep your toys, change into your pyjamas and brush your teeth. It’s bedtime.”

Your child may also be able to write his own name and memorise your phone number and address.


  • Your child is learning to take complex commands so help him or her out by keeping your instructions clear, simple and concise. Set them up for success!
  • Practise positive reinforcement. When your child achieves something, praise his so that the behaviour will be repeated
  • Allow your child to play with simple everyday items. You will be amazed to see how his imagination and creativity transforms a simple pot or pan into a magical toy.
  • Occasionally, let your child play with more sophisticated toys that challenges and tests his cognitive development.

When to talk to your doctor:

If you notice that your child is displaying any of these signs, you may want to get it checked out by their paediatrician.

  • Being really afraid, shy or aggressive
  • Cannot focus on a task for more than 5 minutes; gets easily distracted
  • Having a limited amount of interests
  • Being unable to say his or her full name
  • Rarely pretending or fantasising
  • Often seeming sad, unhappy and not expressing a wide range of emotions

Emotional and Social Development

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Your 4 years 7 months old child might be uncooperative at times, but it is all part of character building. | Source: Pixabay

It will be cute to see your child hanging out with his friends, or enjoying his playdates very much. He is learning that the world does not revolve around him. Now, he understands that other people have feelings too!

“My turn!”
“No! You already had a turn, it’s my turn now!”

You will start to hear your little one working through conflicts and hopefully learning to share and take turns most of the time!

Emotional and social milestones your child may hit this coming year :

  • Understands and obeys rules; but may still be demanding and uncooperative at times
  • Can express negative emotions verbally instead of physically


  • If you witness a conflict like the one above, resist the urge to intervene. Let your child learn to work it out alone. Only step in if necessary.
  • Encourage your child to express what he is feeling; whether its positive or negative. Allow his to work through his emotions.

When to speak to your doctor:

If your child:

  • Shows extreme separation anxiety
  • Does not want to play with other children
  • Refuses to make eye contact with or respond to other people.

Health and Nutrition

Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-7-months-old

Here’s what you need to feed your 4-years-7-months-old to meet their nutritional goals. | Source: Pixabay

Nutrition is important for your child’s growth and learning and also to provide energy for high activity levels. Generally, your kid would need a certain amount of calorie intake throughout the day to help him or her grow.

  • Boys: 1,624 calories
  • Girls: 1,522 calories

Your little one is able to feed himself and able to try a wide variety of foods. Offer different choices for your little one to explore tastes, colours and textures and mealtimes will be an exciting adventure that your child will look forward to.

Here are the nutrients your child will need to meet his nutritional goals:

  • Protein

Good for building muscles and repairing tissues, protein supports your child’s very active lifestyle. As your kid grows, he or she would need protein to develop internal organs such as the heart — which is made up of protein. Make sure to add eggs, lean meat, fish, or beans on his or her plate to sustain healthy growth.

  • Fruits

Fruits are well-known to be a good source of vitamins and minerals. It’s important to alternate different colors in each meal or mixing them to get different benefits. Try choosing from greens, yellows, reds, to oranges and purples to make every mealtime exciting and fun!

  • Vegetables

Just like fruits, vegetables have enzymes to keep your child healthy and protected from heart diseases in the future! Apart from that, it also helps prevent excessive weight gain which can lead to obesity. Make sure to choose from a variety of colours for your veggies as well to gain different benefits.

  • Grains

Your kid’s lifestyle at this age is healthy. As he explores the world more, he would need all the energy he needs to have the strength to discover new things. You can get these form healthy grains — whole grains, preferably. Whole grains, unlike processed ones, still have the bran and germ, which stores the majority of the nutrients he needs for healthy development and growth.

  • Milk/Dairy

Milk is known to give your child calcium that makes his bones and teeth strong. Other good sources of calcium are dairy products like butter, yogurt, and cheese. You can even have fun with other dessert food which contains calcium like ice cream, mousse, and dessert type custard. However, be mindful as these usually contain high amounts of sugar content.

To get an overview of how your child’s daily intake should look like, here’s a list.

  • Protein: 28.8 grams
  • Fruits: 3 cups
  • Vegetables: 2 cups
  • Grains: 4 ounces
  • Milk/dairy: 20 ounces
Nutrient Amount Needed Daily What To Feed Them
Calcium 1000mg 3 cups of full fat milk
Vitamin D 600-1000 IU (International Units) About 1 hour of exposure to morning sun
Iron 10 milligrams 1 cup of wholegrain cereal or 100g of hamburger meat or a handful of nuts
Vitamin C 25 milligrams Half an orange or a quarter cup of broccoli or 3 strawberries

Vaccinations and Common Illnesses

Child development and milestones: Your 4-years-7-months-old

Is your 4 years 7 months old child up to date with their vaccinations? | Source: Pixabay

By this age, your child should already have had these vaccinations:

  • Five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine
  • Four doses of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
  • Three or four doses of Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine
  • Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Three doses of hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine
  • Two doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
  • Two or three doses of rotavirus vaccine (RV)
  • Four doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV, PPSV)
  • One or two doses of hepatitis A vaccine (HAV).
  • Flu vaccine (to be done yearly)

Common illnesses to look out for are cough, cold and ear infections, common flu, chicken pox, measles, mumps and possible food allergies.

When to Talk to Your Doctor:

  • If you see a sudden change in your child’s weight, that is a red flag.
  • If there is persistent vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
  • Your child has a rash that doesn’t seem to go away, or is painful or is deep into the skin.
  • A fever at this age can also lead to something serious, so be sure to consult with a doctor if your little one is running a temperature or complains of pain.


Republished with permission from theAsianparent Singapore


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