5 months old

Just when you thought your little one couldn’t possibly be more precious, now you’re getting to the more entertaining baby stage – laughing, socializing and interacting! However, with teething, the start of solids and new sleeping habits, we’re sure you have some questions and concerns.

Baby’s Health + Well-Being

Since this is an off-month for immunizations (phew!), many doctors won’t schedule a well visit. If this is your case, keep a list of any concerns or topics you’d like to bring up at the next appointment, but also give the nurse a call if you have any questions that can’t wait. If your pediatrician still wants to check in this month, expect the typical measurement taking, development assessing and question answering. In the mean time, take a look back at our guidelines on when to call your doctor.

Here is some guidance on common infant issues while you wait for your baby’s next appointment:

Feeding + Nutrition

With the possible introduction of solids this month, you’ll notice a major shift in the feeding department – but one thing that won’t change is the amount of breast milk or formula your baby eats. Continue to feed your baby according to our feeding schedule, but you might also be wondering about:

Oral Care

If your little one has already started to sprout teeth, it’s time to start focusing on keeping those white protrusions clean and healthy. Even if your baby doesn’t have any teeth yet, you should still be practicing some kind of oral care routine:

Sleep Solutions

It seems as though every month brings new sleep patterns and challenges, especially now that sleep training might be a part of your vocabulary. Many parents see a drastic change in their baby’s sleep habits between months four and five, so you might be wondering about:

Mom’s Health + Well-Being

If your maternity leave is starting to dwindle to a close, many women have no choice but to return to work. (In fact, many women only have 6 weeks, if that, of maternity leave in this country.) But let’s not forget that some women are eager to return to the workplace to jump back into their careers and reconnect with colleagues. However, the decision to return to work can be monumentally hard to make.

Development + Milestones

With the newborn phase securely behind you, it might seem as though your baby is developing in leaps and bounds this month. If you thought the first smile and laugh was exciting, just wait and see what your baby has in store for you now:

Browse newborn basics and developmental tools: Baby Essentials Guide!

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19 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:

    thanx

  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

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