4-6 Months

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What to expect

4-6 Months

A 4-6 month old infant following the normal pattern of development should be doing the following:

Language, social and play

  • Beginning to experiment with their vocalisations.
  • Producing very soft or very loud sounds.
  • Producing high or low pitched sounds.
  • Producing long vowel sequences.
  • Starting to produce some consonant and vowel patterns e.g. ‘da' or ‘gu'.

Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Swallowing now becomes an intention act.
  • Feeding four to six times a day, nine to ten ounces of liquid or food per feed.
  • Can now manage pureed food.
  • Uses phasic bite pattern (bite then release), however this is often uncontrolled, may suck on soft biscuit rather than biting.

If you feel your infant is not following the normal pattern development as they should be, or have any concerns over their speech, language or feeding development please contact us by emailing office@slt.co.uk or calling 0330 0885 643.

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