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Your baby, 5 months


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5 months old Your baby has developed alot during the past few months. Because she is now able to roll around and may be able to `wriggle` it is time to childproof your home if you have not already done it. It is important that you take the time to make sure all dangerous objects are out of reach for your baby. Baby gates can be installed at doorways that are dangerous for your baby to enter. All cabinets and drawers should have locks on them. If your baby is messing with something that he should not have, redirect him to another safe area or give him something that is appropriate for him to play with. Never spank his hands or yell at him- he does not know what he is doing at this point.

If your baby does not go to daycare, think about joining a playgroup. Not only is good for him, it is also good for you! Playgroups usually have other moms and babies that you can and your child can relate to. Your baby will enjoy the company of the other babies and they all can learn from each other! Get to know the other moms in the group- they will be excellent sources of information and advice if it is ever needed.

At this point, your baby might start to develop fear around strangers. Let her get used to new people on her own timing and do not force her to be with someone she is aftaid of. She might also develop separation anxiety. This is normal and it is okay. When you leave your baby, tell her that you will be back and give her a quick hig and kiss. Never sneak out on her- this can cause your baby to lose trust in you.

Babies at this age like toys that make noise. Because some babies will begin to pull themselves up on their hands and knees, you should remove crib toys and mobiles from the bed. Your baby will become very interested in toys that she can bang together, suck on, chew on, put together and touch. Daily interaction with her with help her develop the best. Enjoy playing with your baby and praise her when she learns something new! Your baby has good aim when she reaches for something- but, everything she grabs still goes in her mouth! Challenge your baby's memory with simple games of peek-a-boo and hiding/revealing objects. She will begin to understand that items still exist even though you can not see them.

At five months old, he loves to suck on his hands and possibly his feet. He likes when you read to him, talk to him, sing to him and hold him. He will watch your lips when you talk and try to immitate you. Give him a chance to do so. He understands his name and likes to listen to music. He babbles constantly and can say different sounds. Repeat the sounds back to him when he talks to you. Some month old babies will be able to sit without support for a few moments.

All babies are born with a particular type of temperament. Each baby is different and their likes and dislikes vary. Babies with challenging temperaments need their parents to be patient and calm. It is important that you understand what your babies like and dislike so that you know how to handle challenging situations.

Some babies are ready to take a cup at five months. If you are nursing, pump and put the breastmilk inside of her cup occasionally. It is still very important that you continue to nurse your baby often. When trying new foods, try one food for a week before introducing another one. This will eliminate the guess work if allergies develop.

Developmental Milestones 5 Months Old

Physical
  • May sit with assistance
  • Your baby will extend her arms and legs and arch her back when placed on her stomach
  • Can lift head and shoulder when placed on his back
  • Can bounce up and down if you hold her under the arms and let her balance her legs on your thighs
  • Easily brings a toy to her mouth
  • Shows more signs of being ready for solids
  • Can spot small objects
  • Holds heady steady when sitting upright
  • Continues to perfect rolling over
  • May be able to stand with support for brief periods of time

Intellectual
  • Your baby has learned how to hold his own bottle-don't prop him though.
  • Likes to blow raspberries
  • Likes to make bubbles
  • Adding sounds to her language collection
  • Enjoys simple cause and effect games-she may drop objects to watch you pick them up
  • Giggles and laughs more often
  • Begins to distinguish softer colors
  • Realizes where sounds come from and will turn towards a new sound
  • Minics sounds and gestures
  • Babbles

Emotional
  • Still enjoys cuddling at feedings
  • Your baby likes to watch you talk
  • Easily distractable
  • Shows a stong attachment to main caregiver, parents and siblings
  • Cries when you leave the room
  • May give hugs and kisses
  • Your baby will laugh at funny expressions

Age Appropriate Toys
  • Exersaucers can be introduced
  • Musical toys
  • Cause and effect toys
  • Books
  • Teethers
  • Balls
  • Plastic keys
  • Lighted toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Continued play of play gyms and activity mats
  • Rattles
  • Toys to grasp on


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armywife63 - Monday, 31 Mar
Hello Everyone. My little Madison got the all clear for solid foods. She will take a few bites and then loses interest. Hopefully she'll catch on soon so she can fill her belly up a bit more. She's constantly wanting a bottle all day long. She also started sleeping on her belly at night. No matter how many times I flip her onto her back, she immediately goes back on her belly. She lays with her face flat on the mattress, though, which terrifies me. I wake up every time she moves at night because I'm so scared she's going to suffocate laying like that. I try to turn her head to one side or the other but she'll go back to being face down within a few minutes. I read online that if they can flip from back to belly than they'll turn their heads if they can't breathe. It just freaks me out! Otherwise, she's a good sleeper and will generally sleep from 9pm to 7am. So different than my son who was always up at night.

DreaMon - Friday, 28 Mar
Hello everyone! I haven't been on in awhile. A lot has been going on lately. For those of you that know about my mom having cancer she had a big set back after her last chemo treatment and had a bad reaction that put her in the hoot all and then in ICU. She was put on antibiotics and it's been a touch and go situation. She's been in and out of consciousness for the last couple of days and on a breathing tube. She's 70%breathing on her own now, but it's still very sensitive. We all saw her last Sunday cause it didn't look good. We thought we were going to lose her, but she's hanging on and improving everyday. The power of prayer seriously has been amazing! Its been a hard couple weeks for my family especially since I can't go see her as often as everyone cause I have two young kids. Plus nursing and not bottle feeding I have to have the baby with me all times. Speaking of the baby. She's rolling everywhere and tries to lift herself up. At her last check up a couple weeks ago she weighed 13.10. She just turned 5 months on the 26th. Life is precious so enjoy it and take care of it and yourself.

threebagsfool - Thursday, 27 Mar
Josephine has finally stopped the waking for an hour at night! She actually slept more than two hours in a row last night, which was really nice. I know I shouldn't get my hopes up, but maybe there is light at the end of this tunnel. I haven't had her weighed since her 4 month checkup, but she was just shy of 12 pounds. That's a pretty good size, but she was born at 8 and a half pounds, so she really hasn't gained much weight :( She eats all the time, though, so I guess she is just a skinny thing

brookebaby3 - Tuesday, 25 Mar
3bags- I know that's crazy! Abigail is now rolling from tummy to back. For some crazy reason she decited to wake up at 3am and play til 4am. OMG drove me crazy. She was talking and making sounds. My bf got a 2nd job and had to wake up at 5 so I had to take her into her own room and let her tire herself out. How much does everyone's baby weigh?? And by everyone I mean the only few people who randomly sign on haha

threebagsfool - Friday, 21 Mar
Brooke-It's funny how alike they sound! Right down to the spinning in circles. I have some good news, she is finally starting to eat some food, and she did roll over from belly to back yesterday. Afterwards she started laughing, I guess she thought it was really funny! She is nine days away from six months! I can't believe how fast she is growing up.

brookebaby3 - Thursday, 20 Mar
3bags- Abigail sounds alot like Josephine. She won't roll over, she's not interested in food, she is such a mamas girl. She does circles around the floor. It's funny. She still won't drink from a bottle but she will sort of drink from a fast flow sippy cup. Abby is 5 months old today!!

threebagsfool - Wednesday, 12 Mar
Josephine has gotten really clingy lately. She has always been a cuddly baby, but now she gets really upset when she gets put down at all, or when Daddy is holding her and she can see me. Not doing too much on the eating yet. She doesn't seem to like the idea of food other than her mommy. I keep hoping that one of these days she will just catch on all of a sudden! She hasn't rolled over yet, but honestly I don't think she is on the ground long enough to practice. I have to make sure my toddler doesn't squish her! Even though she doesn't roll, she does pivot. It's kind of funny, she just turns round and round like the minute hand on a clock.

threebagsfool - Monday, 3 Mar
Josephine is 5 months now! Well, I guess actually a few days ago, but close enough. She has been waking up every two hours at night for the past month and a half. Could this still be the sleep regression? It is really making things difficult for me. When she was two months old she would only wake once or twice a night, but now she is waking up like she did when she was a newborn. I've tried letting her settle herself, and sometimes she will, but other times she will just yell and fuss. For some reason she likes to be awake between 4 and 530 in the morning, which is pretty tough, because I usually get up at 630, so watching the clock tick by just gets frustrating. She is FINALLY swallowing solid food. She doesn't really like it too much, but at least she doesn't spit it all back out anymore. I hope everyone is doing well!

stacey3 - Thursday, 20 Feb
5 months! i can't believe Avalyn is over 5 months already! I have started feeding her solids! Baby oatmeal mixed with a little water and fruit or veggies. She loves it! She is rolling from one side of the room to the other and sitting unsupported! She also loves her feet! she pulls off her socks all the time and pulls her feet to her mouth. I still have not been able to lose any of the weight that i gained during my pregnancy. I am hungry all the time. Oh yeah, and of course my hair is falling out by the handful. I guess its normal but it is so annoying.

MamaLuvnJah - Thursday, 30 Jan
Hi Ladies, I used IAP for all 3 of my pregnancies some of you remember me. I am TTC baby #4. We started a fun moms group on facebook. We have a lot of IAP moms and moms that I've known for years. Our facebook group name: Cause mommy says so. Please join our great group of friends. I'd love to add some new moms to the group.

Jen11 - Saturday, 29 Jun
3love - Glad to hear Noah is sitting now. Sara sits well, with only the occasional tumble, but still no sign of crawling. I'm moving up to 6 months now, even though Sara is still a few days short of 6 months....there seem to be a few more people there now.

mailjaja - Friday, 28 Jun
I haven't been on here in a while. I don't have time to read every post so I want to just say that I hope everyone is doing well. Jaylah is doing good besides the little cold she has now. She is trying to sit up on her own and crawl. she eats very well been eating baby food sine 4months she turned 6months on june 26th. She's 18lbs and 27in. She may have to wear a helmet due to her head still being a little coned. We wont find out until the 12th of July. She sucks her thumb and we try to stop her but she just cry when we take it out so we just let her. She's such a good baby she even sleeps all night. which was a shocker because my other two children were vampires LOL I put her to bed by 10:30pm and she sleeps till 7:30am I dont mind that it's so early because I'm a morning person any way, so it's perfect. The only problem I'M having is being able to give all three of my children attention when they want/need it. I wish I could clone myself sometimes lol. My children including the baby is 6 years apart so they have a little bit of jealously going on right now hope that turns around soon because it drives me crazy.

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 27 Jun
Noah is finely sitting by himself, but still sometimes he'll fall over lol. Jen that is cute what Sara is doing. Noah puts everything in his mouth.

Jen11 - Tuesday, 25 Jun
Sara is now sitting so well. Picks up each of her toys in turn to look them over carefully!

verena - Monday, 24 Jun
Im going to 6 Months with Sam!

3loveofmylife - Tuesday, 18 Jun
Jen thanks Sara seems to be doing pretty well too. i can't wait till he starts walking i know he's just going to get in to everything lol.

Jen11 - Monday, 17 Jun
3love- I am looking forward to, and dreading the day Sara starts to crawl! she is already getting hold of things she shouldn't! Noah is doing so well with his development..well done!

3loveofmylife - Monday, 17 Jun
well nothing is safe now that Noah is crawling lol, i have put everything away till he's a little older so the house looks plain lol.

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 13 Jun
Jen awww i don't work and i'm exhausted all the times. my 6 years old is a good little guy, but my 4 year old has been stubborn since he was 2 years old he just wan't do anything he doesn't want to do, and he wants to drink milk all day, and no food. oh and he gets upset so fast if i don't get him what he wants when he wants it ugh it's like he can't see me feeding Noah or he just doesn't care, and he does love playing with Noah so i'm hoping he'll grow out of it or i will go crazy with 2 babies lol. oh and Noah throws those tantrums too i mean seriously i just need one mint to pee and h'll screams from the top of his lungs, but as soon as i pick him up he is fine and smiling. i can't wait til he starts walking so he can just follow me everywhere lol.

Jen11 - Thursday, 13 Jun
3love-yes, Sara is also high maintenance at the moment and already knows how to throw a tantrum when she doesn't get her way...she cried for 20 minutes today just because I tried to take her spoon to feed her (she continued to cry even though I let her keep the spoon!)With work and a clingy baby who is teething, I am just exhausted!

3loveofmylife - Wednesday, 12 Jun
Jen your right she'll do it when she is ready. is Sara letting you do things? no matter what i put on tv or how many toys i give Noah as long as i'm sitting next to him he is fine, but as soon as i leave to do something he starts crying. it's getting so hard to get anything done i'm always carrying him everywhere, but i still love him, and i know he'll grow out of it, and then i'll do things for me lol.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 12 Jun
3love - no scooting yet either, but I'm sure she'll get there!

3loveofmylife - Tuesday, 11 Jun
Jen Sara may be a scooter lol its called (scooting) some babies like to stay upright and scoot their way across the floor, noun of my kids did that, but i've seen babies scooting it's very cute lol, and its perfectly normal all babies crawl differently.

Jen11 - Tuesday, 11 Jun
3love - Sara may be sitting, but still no crawling going on here! She simply throws herself towards whatever she wants! Glad to hear Noah is doing better.

3loveofmylife - Monday, 10 Jun
Jen aww so happy Sara's doing great and sitting by herself i bet she's so cute sitting down. Noah still can't sit by himself i wonder why but he's finally crawling the right way lol, and thanks he's doing better today.

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