Baby development: Your 5-month-old

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Your baby would start to roll over, crawl and sit upright. Here's what all you can expect in your baby's fifth month.

Congratulations mummies, your baby has crossed the initial four-month mark which would have kept you on your toes all the time! And while you must celebrate that your little one is nearing his six-month-mark, be prepared for the real adventures as this is the month your baby would start babbling, rolling over and maybe, even start crawling.

So here's what you can look forward to as your baby enters his fifth month:

Physical development

Baby development: Your 5-month-old

There are quite a few milestones that you can expect or start to notice in the early stages at the fifth month:

  • Sitting upright: Most babies can start sitting upright for a longer period of time in their fifth month, however, with little support. So throw in a cushion to support his back as you encourage him to sit. Gradually, once you see that your baby is comfortable in his sitting position, you can introduce him to his high chair and help sit with the whole family during meal times.
  • Rolling over: If your baby hasn't started rolling over yet, chances are he would make an attempt at it in his fifth month and should be comfortably rolling over from his back to tummy. This means that you have to be extra careful when leaving him alone. We advise that it would be best for you to keep your baby on the mat when you're busy doing your household chores to avoid any falls.
  • Crawling or scooting: Most five-month-olds also start crawling and scooting if they haven't already. Babies also start working up their legs, rocking during the day holding their legs together and basically just put a lot of effort in moving around.

Cognitive development

Five months is the time when a baby begins to have his own identity and in a way give a glimpse of the type of baby he would be in the months to come--happy, expressive, cranky or emotional. Here's what you can watch out for:

  • More responsive and expressive: At five months your baby is more expressive and also responsive. He would also try to hold his gaze at you for a longer period of time, perhaps trying to read your lips and understand what you're trying to say. Suddenly you will notice that your baby is trying to make sense of every sound he hears such as a bird chirping, the snapping of fingers and a dark barking in the neighbourhood.
  • Better at grasping: Another key skill that your baby develops at five months is grasping. You'll notice that your baby is able to grasp his toys or sipper properly and also transfer objects from one hand to the other, which is a big achievement. Yay!
  • Sleep cycles: At five months your baby should have a proper sleep pattern and might be able to sleep through the night if he is well fed and there's nothing that is bothering him. This means that you'll get more time as a new mother to sleep and rest, so enjoy this phase. However, mummies this also means that your baby would not be in a mood to sleep longer during the day and would keep you on your toes.

Social and emotional development

While your baby is still not old enough to express his anger, frustration, and joy, at five months he would most probably be more expressive and display love, affection and a distinct sense of humour. He would find humour in every small thing such as the way you say call out his name or when you play peek-a-boo with him.

Continue reading on the next page to learn more about your baby's development at five months! 

Mummies, this is the time you'd hear all those giggles and cackles that you have till now seen in the numerous baby videos that swarm your Facebook timeline day in and day out. Why not make your baby's own video, if you have no problems sharing it on social media!

Speech and Language

Your baby's communication skills will be at all time high at this time and he would also perhaps seem to have a suddenly developed a sense of humour.

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You'd suddenly notice that your baby's coos have increased and he would also start saying his first "da-das", "ba-bas" and "ma-mas". He would also try to respond when you call out his name or say something peculiar and would perhaps let out a squeal in excitement.

This is also the time to start reading to your baby if you haven't already and increase his vocab by reading books that are meant for babies. You can also try and repeat a few common words to your baby that you use every day such as pani, kela, chawal, papa etc.

Mummies, please note that when you speak to your babies use the correct names and not made up names such as many people like to use "mum mum" for water as your baby would take it as the correct name.

Health and Nutrition

Your baby is growing up fast and his hunger would grow substantially from last month as your baby is readying up for solids and adult meals. But be careful and make sure you continue breastfeeding him at five months.

However, once your baby is five-and-a-half months you can start giving him a taste of certain fruits such as mashed banana or clear vegetable stock. But make sure it's just for tasting and never give more than a teaspoon of one food item in a day. It's also suggested that you consult your baby's paediatrician before giving any new food item besides breastmilk to be safe and sure.

Mosts doctors also advise parents to start giving a little water to their babies as they're nearing six months. But again consult the doctor before doing that.

Tips for Parents

1. Communicate as much as you can with your baby and try and introduce him to new words such as the cow says moo, and the dog says bow-vow. Also, call out his name as often as you can because soon he would start responding to it.

2. Be careful and make sure your rolling and crawling munchkin is never out of your site as it is at five months that your baby becomes more active and might hurt himself. Childproofing is something you should be looking at right now to avoid any mishaps.

3. Introduce your baby to people around you and perhaps take him to the mall or a vegetable market when you run your errands as he would enjoy it.

4. There also a couple of vaccinations coming up at six months so make sure you have a checklist given by your paediatrician.

That said, five months is the time you would enjoy the most with your baby as it is the time your baby would respond and express himself for the first time. So enjoy this phase to the fullest!

Your toddler’s next month: 6 months
Your toddler’s previous month: 
4 months

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