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Your baby is realizing the world is at his fingertips.

Make the most of their milestones:

Your baby is growing fast and no doubt constantly amazing you with his new skills. From his sweet babbling during tummy time to rolling (and rolling and rolling!), we've created a guide of new milestones to watch for and suggestions for you to encourage your playful 5-month-old.

Your baby loves being part of group activitiesโ€”and adding his voice to the conversation! (Psst...now is a great time to start repeating โ€œmama" whenever possible ?.) He's also trying out a new bag of movement tricks, including rolling to reach new toys. An activity gym is a great way to encourage that newfound love of adventure.

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Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's fifth month.

Thinking

Your baby can understand different sounds (but not words yet).

  • Try This: Point out different sounds you hear together, like car horns or bird tweets.

Engaging

He loves taking in the sights, sounds and excitement of group activities.

  • Try This: Check your library for music classes or baby events you can both enjoy.

Communicating

He has started putting vowels and consonants together to make new sounds.

  • Try This: Imitate your baby's sounds to teach him you are listening.

Moving

Baby will roll from tummy to back, followed by back to tummy.



Your postpartum life:

If you're feeling more comfortable getting out with your baby, this is a great time to try to make some mom friends. Attending mommy-and-me classes are perfect for this. We know it can feel awkward at first, but remember, they want to meet you too!

It takes a village, mama! Let the love in from family and (new mom!) friends as you adapt to new changes in your routine.



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: healthychildren.org and WebMD

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