Your baby is almost half a year old!!! Can you believe it? Even though you’ve likely had long, hard nights with very little sleep…it still manages to fly by!
That sweet little miracle of yours is entering such a fun stage! She’s probably very alert and interactive with her surroundings and is now babbling all day long!
|Big Brother at 5 months|
Here’s what you can expect by the end of the fifth month:
|Little Brother (aka “fuzzy head”) at 5 months|
- Tummy Time: I know you’re probably tired of me going on and on about the importance of tummy time, but it pays off! Continue with at least 30 minutes of tummy time each day until your child begins to sit up on his own.
- Read, read, read! It might sometimes feel monotonous or perhaps like your baby couldn’t care less, but continue to read to her anyway. She’ll probably like books with texture at this point in time. Not only will she enjoy hearing your voice, she’ll begin to recognize pictures and start to correlate pictures of objects with the verbal words.
- Go for a walk: Weather permitting, try taking your little one on a walk each day. He’s hearty enough by now that he can even go out on cooler days and he’ll enjoy getting to see the world around him! Plus, it’s a great time to talk to him and tell him all of the things he sees.
- Enjoy an exersaucer or activity center. Once your baby can hold her head up and sit with support, she might be ready to try an exersaucer (or jumperoo). These are great for developing the muscles in the legs…and since your baby is likely rolling, it’s a great way to know that they will be staying in one spot while cooking dinner, cleaning, etc.
Ask your doctor if your baby:
- Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
- Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
- One or both eyes consistently turn in or out
- Does not respond to sounds around him
- Head still flops back when body is pulled up to a sitting position
- Does not turn her head to locate sounds
- Reaches with only one hand
- Seems inconsolable at night
- Does not babble or attempt to imitate speech
- Shows no affection for the person caring for him/her
- Doesn’t roll in either direction
- Doesn’t smile spontaneously
- Do you have any questions? Leave a comment!
- Likewise, veteran parents…feel free to chime in with anything I forgot to cover or with any tips you may have.
Shelvov, S.P., Hannemann, R.E., & Trubo, R. (2004). The American Academy of Pediatrics: Complete and Authoritative Guide for Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. Bantam Books.
|*Every family should have this book on hand!|