Growth (0-12 mo)
Your Baby At 5 Months
Before, you’ve been giving your baby love and affection without any affection in return. But at five months, you may begin to get some love in return, and it’s worth the wait! You child may extend his arms for you to pick him up – that’s a special moment. This guide shows some baby milestones to expect at five months old.
Senses at five months old
At five months old, your child’s eyesight is still developing. Babies at this age can now see moving objects and smaller objects.
They don’t have a perfect vision yet, but they can see properly at varying distances. At this age, how your child sees colors will sharpen. As a result, they can differentiate colors. But your child will still fancy primary colors like, blue, red, and yellow.
Have you ever wondered why babies at this age always put things in their mouths? That’s because their mouth contains more nerve endings than other areas of their body. So it’s an ideal way to know what objects feel like. So make sure that you wash your baby’s toys often.
At five months, the muscles of your baby will start getting stronger. Also, your baby will start advancing from resting on his back to laying on his front.
Further, your child will prefer sitting up at this age. But some babies, you may need to prop them up with cushions.
Your child will begin to gurgle, growl or squeak. Also, you’ll find that your child repeats sounds as he begins to enjoy and explore their new found skill.
At this age, your child will laugh at any funny sound or when you make funny faces. Don’t be surprised if your baby tries to make one too.
By five months old, your baby will sleep through the night soundly. This will help relax your child and let him know that night time is for sleeping. Further, your child will start having one or two naps daily – one in the morning and another during the day.
How you can help your five months old baby develop
• To help your child sit, create a V-shape with his legs, (this will help him balance). Once he is in a balanced position, put a toy in front of him to play with.
• Place a lot of cushions closeby to offer support
• Gently swing your baby up and down to improve his balance
• Put a toy in your child’s hands, take the same toy, and put it another. Over time, they’ll learn to pass it from one hand to another
• Although it’s early for your baby to stand up, help him to stand up and propel his legs. Do this by holding him by his armpits while having fun together.
• During tummy time, place your baby’s toy farther away and watch him try to get to it. If he can’t, bring it closer so he won’t give up
Every 5 months old are different. Indeed, all babies are different. You can only encourage your baby, but they will always do things in their own time.