Rolling over by himself, saying his first words or making his first attempts at crawling are some of the 5 month milestones that will captivate you. The fascinating process of getting to know your newborn continues with the 5th month!
As the baby's communication skills keep growing, your relationship deepens as well. The emotional link between you is getting stronger and the both of you will feel it. This is the best time for you to sing him songs, start reading him stories and show him your love. It's always a great idea to have conversations with your little one, even if his responses will mostly be limited to a few basic words and babbling sounds.
The 5 month old development is a transitional time between a newborn and the toddler that he'll become before you know it. Enjoy these marvellous moments with some tips that will help you during this stage.
5 month milestones: Step by step
If you are expecting a dramatic change to your little one's growth at the 5th month, you'll have to keep waiting. He hasn't stopped getting bigger (though you might wish that he would!), he's just taking his time. Within these fantastic 30 days, your child is going to grow a couple of centimetres in height and put on about 500 grammes. Just so you have a reference on hand, the average weight for your baby now is between 6 and 8,2 kg, while the height can range from 66,5 cm to 68,6.
5 month milestones: “Hi! I'm here!”
The 5 month baby milestones embrace so many aspects of the child's development, which include clear motor skills improvement (still clumsy, but becoming more coordinated) and cognitive development within his new world. His curiosity is growing every day, and he will constantly be testing his limits by touching, moving, and shaking objects.
These are the most common 5 month old milestones:
- Imitation by babbling
- Speaking words that, for the first time, contain both vowels and consonants
- Making raspberries (an unintelligible sound that babies make by sticking their tongues out of their mouths and blowing as hard as they can!)
- Picking up objects voluntarily
- Changing objects from one hand to the other
- Sitting upright for longer
- Pedaling in the air (as if riding an imaginary upside down bicycle)
- Pushing against the ground with his feet while being held, so his legs can grow big and strong
- Rolling over without help
At this age, babies love colours. Their completed visual development brings so much joy into their playtime. If you can use toys that display vivid colours and that are easy to manage, he won't be able to resist to their charm. If you want to make the experience even more engaging, try to challenge him by naming the toys. He'll want to repeat the names, which will help enhance his understanding of his surroundings.
5 month milestones: What’s for dinner?
Five month old development, in terms of food and nutrition, can be a confusing and scary time for parents. Your little one will be growing very quickly and may be very demanding for food, even sometimes during the night. Though you should have a rough schedule in place for mealtimes, don’t expect to be able to follow it exactly, even during the night; there will probably be times when he is simply too hungry to sleep (and let you sleep) all through the night.
Normally, it is expected for mothers to continue only breastfeeding or providing baby formula at 5 months, but this may become difficult for some mums, especially those who must return to work after 5 months. Remember that there are many tricks for keeping your little one well-fed, like pumping. Some paediatricians may tell you to begin introducing grains and soft fruits into the baby’s diet, but this will depend on your visitor and on your baby’s general development and health. For now, expect to stick with milk.
5 month milestones: Adapting to bedtime
Although we maybe shouldn't call it one of the 5 month old milestones, since the bedtime schedule adaptation is still a work in progress, the sleep rhythm does become more regular by now. And that's admirable! Of course, you can still count on him taking his two daily naps, but you can also expect a better routine for the nightime sleep that will definitely make your life easier. If the baby starts to get fussy and cranky, don't postpone putting him down for the night. It is better to do it while he's a little bit drowsy, rather than waiting until there's a full-blown sleep-deprived disaster zone. This way, he will be able to learn to fall asleep without needing your unconditional company. He'll need this skill in the future!
To sum up, the 5 month milestones include many changes, both physical and cognitive, that will help strengthen your relationship between mother and child, and give you a glimpse of what's to come in the near future.