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:
- Pacifier Use: The benefits and risks, plus how to kick the habit early
- Allergies: How to prevent and treat food and/or environmental allergies
- The Dreaded Common Cold: What you need to be prepared
- Ear Infections: Symptoms and treatment
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:
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:
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:
- Developmental milestones: What to expect in month five
- Playing: How to engage your little one this month
Browse newborn basics and developmental tools: Baby Essentials Guide!