5 months old
Development + Milestones
There isn’t a monthly checklist that every baby should follow, but there are general milestones that your baby might be hitting. Some new things you might notice this month include:
- Your baby paying attention to something as tiny as a raisin
- Laughing, squealing and smiling! This can be a very fun month for babies, so enjoy it
- Starting to grasp objects like a rattle
- Rolling over one way (Get out the video camera!)
- More cooing and babbling
- Sitting without support
- Pulling up to standing
- Standing while holding onto furniture
- Passing objects from one hand to another
- Your baby most likely can recognize his or her own name, as well as the tone in which you say it
- Your baby might also be experiencing stranger anxiety for the first time
Five months can be an exciting month, as you might be getting your first glimpse into your baby’s budding personality. With more developmental leaps and passing milestones, here are ways to engage your 5-month-old baby:
- As teething is put into gear, you’ll notice that everything will start going into your baby’s mouth. There are various teething toys on the market – from rubber giraffes to wooden guitars – so see what feels best for your little one. Having a few designated biting toys will save you from washing everything he or she owns. (Although it’s a good idea to regularly clean your baby’s toys now more than ever.)
- Continue to set apart some designated “tummy time,” when your baby can strengthen the muscles needed for sitting, creeping and crawling.
- As your baby starts to recognize more words and imitate more sounds, continue reading to your baby throughout the day. Include your baby in your conversations by asking questions and pausing for answers.
- Have more rattles and smaller toys that your baby can start to grasp, shake and play with.
- Be silly! Now that your baby has started to laugh, we bet you’ll go to any measure to hear that precious, infectious sound.
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