At five months old, your baby is engaging with the world around them, working on the motor skills that will help them be on the move soon enough and taking mental notes about the things they observe. Yes, there may be some crying—but probably also a lot of smiles and giggles, too.
By keeping track of what milestones your baby is working on achieving, you can support their development and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.
Some of your 5-month-old baby's developmental milestones will be apparent to you, like when they can roll over or sit with support. Others are obvious, like them catching onto cause and effect or recognizing familiar faces. Here's what you can do to support them.
Five-month-old baby milestones
Here's what The American Academy of Pediatrics says about five-month-old baby milestones.
- After listening to your conversations for months now (even while in the womb!), your baby may be working on "finding their voice" with precious coos and other vocalizations.
- Your baby's vision is nearly developed! They can see farther, enjoy more colors and patterns, and recognize familiar faces.
- By five-months-old many babies are working on (or already quite good at!) rolling over. Babies generally roll from stomach to back first before working on rolling back to stomach.
- With good head control and improving trunk strength, your baby should be able to sit with support. Your baby may be able to sit in a "tripod" position with their hands on the floor for support, but they are still unsteady at this stage.
- Your baby has gotten pretty good at grabbing and picking up objects—although they won't use the more advanced pincer grasp for another few months.
- Your baby has better control and coordination over their hands. They should be able to reach for and hold toys like rattles.
How to support your five-month-old baby’s development this month
Up for a little homework assignment, mama? Here are some five months old baby activities to support your cutie's development.
- Soothe your five-month-old baby by talking in calm, reassuring tones. With a new understanding of object permanence, your baby may feel more on edge when you walk away.
- Play with your five-month-old baby with a special place for them to explore. The Journey of Discovery 5-in-1 Playmat inspires movement with colorful designs and engaging toys to reach for.
- Engage your five-month-old baby's senses by pointing out different sounds you hear together, like car horns or bird tweets.
It’s science: Naps help with cognitive development
At five-months-old, your baby is likely still napping two to three times a day—and one or two of those are bound to be when you're on the go. However, research shows the importance of nap times (even for preschoolers!), so making a point to establish healthy nap habits from an early age can pay off with your child's cognitive development. For maximized benefits, aim to allow your baby to nap in a dark, calm space as often as you can.
Your baby is learning new skills every day. And you're probably continually in awe of how quickly they are growing! Enjoy the little wins with your baby, mama, whether that's rolling for the first time or laughing about a game of peek-a-boo.
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