Baby's Development: Fifth Month

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Posted on: September 15th, 2017by Ivana Stamenkovic

Your Baby’s Appearance at Fifth Month of Life

As she's getting older, your baby is also getting bigger. She no longer has curled up appearance as a newborn, and it's possible that she'll need a new car seat (look for a convertible seat that can be positioned both backward and forward, depending on your child's age).

Your Baby’s Growth at Fifth Month of Life

By this month your baby should double her birth weight. If she isn't gaining enough, you should talk to her pediatrician. Track her growth on a percentile chart, but remember to track all parameters (head circumference, length, and weight), since they are all equally important. During their first year of life, babies have several growth spurts. The next growth spurt is usually around six months, but since not every baby is the same, it's possible that your baby will be extra hungry now and that she'll need more feedings.

Your Baby’s Motor Skills at Fifth Month of Life

At this age, you probably still need to support your baby when she sits, but some babies can sit unsupported for a short period of time. It's also possible that your baby will start rolling over from her back to her stomach. Once your baby learns how to roll over, make sure you never leave her unsupervised, especially on a high surface where she can easily roll off and get injured. During the fifth month, she'll also start getting ready for crawling. And don't be surprised if you notice her holding a bottle or sippy cup all by herself - her grasp is getting stronger. Playing with your baby on the floor will help her develop her motor skills. This is the time when you should start baby proofing your home if you haven't done that already.

Your Baby’s Senses at Fifth Month of Life

Even though your baby's vision is improving every day, five-month-old babies still prefer primary colors (red, blue, and yellow). Your baby still doesn't understand that even though she puts an object away and can't see it anymore, it's still there. You'll notice how your baby puts different things in her mouth all the time. That's because mouth has more nerve endings than any other part of her body.

Your Baby’s Sleeping at Fifth Month of Life

Five-month-old baby still needs two naps during the day - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. You should put your baby to sleep when you notice she's tired. Delaying naps will make her cranky. If your baby still doesn't sleep through the night, try this technique in the evening, too. When you put your baby to sleep when she's drowsy, she'll learn how to soothe herself to sleep instead of relying on you.

Your Baby’s Eating at Fifth Month of Life

At this month, your baby may be able to hold her own bottle. But remember - you should never leave her unsupervised, and you should never prop the bottle for her and leave it that way. If your baby's showing signs that she might be ready for solids (her tongue-thrust reflex is weaker than before, she shows interest in the foods you and others are eating), you should talk with her pediatrician about introducing them. But don't rush with offering your baby solid food - there'll be plenty of time for that.

Your Baby’s Communication at Fifth Month of Life

While babbling, your baby will start to put consonants and vowels together, and even though it may sound like real words, she still isn't aware of what she's saying. You should wait a couple of months before she connects word 'ma-ma' with you. Talk to your baby. Point at objects and say their name. That way your baby will learn new words. You may also notice how she babbles along with the music.

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