Having a 5-month-old baby is fun! They are usually social, loving and active. If you want to know what development milestones to look for and get ideas on how to play with your baby, this post is for you!
Many 5-month-old babies are getting a bit picky about their activities. They seem to think that baby play gyms or baby bouncers are for babies – that is not for them! 🙂
They want to be where you are, eat what you eat and do what you do.
This is not a period of a lot of adult time when the baby is awake. But they still sleep a lot!
Now is a good time to start activating yourself and your baby together with other parents. Baby swim classes can be great fun for example. Many 5 months old babies are also old enough to enjoy a trip to the playground both to watch other children and to try the swing (if it has a high back for support).
A bit surprising maybe, but some babies already experience their first round of separation anxiety. Remember that you can never spoil a baby by carrying him!
For many more tips on baby games to play, check out Baby Play for Every Day. (Link to Amazon)
Your 5-Month-Old Baby
5 Months Baby Milestones
Here are the development milestone to look for when your baby is 5 months old:
- At five months, many babies become very unhappy if left alone for a long time on the floor or in their baby bouncer. They want to be at the same level as everybody else and where all the action is.
- Now many babies figure out how to roll over from back to stomach. It can happen anytime, so whatever you do, don’t leave your baby on the couch or bed.
Also, if you co-sleep, the baby must sleep in the middle or by the wall. I didn’t think that one of our babies could roll over until I saw her doing it while asleep!
- Your 5-month-old baby might have become strong enough to support himself with his hands for a short period when placed on his tummy. Crawling is now only a few months away! Here is a fun poll on when babies started to crawl and what style.
- If standing up, your baby is maybe jumping like crazy.
- Some 5-month-old babies have started to recognize their name. They understand that they are being talked to when they hear this particular sound.
- Sometime around five months, most babies start using their whole hand instead of just a couple of fingers when trying to grab something. This means they manage to grab more or less anything. Watch out!
- Some babies also learn how to move objects between their hands and also love using toys to pound that floor or table.
- At 5 months, babies are passionate people and show it. Your baby may reach her arms for you when you come to pick her up and may kiss you all over your face if she gets the opportunity. She may also cry in protest if you disappear out of her sight.
- Just as he is passionately in love with his dear ones, the 5-month-old may start being more reserved when it comes to strangers. This will only increase during the next few months. Respect your baby’s feelings and protect him against (for him) unknown people who want to carry him if he doesn’t seem to enjoy it.
- Language development continues. 5-month-old babies will start making different kind of sounds, often including some consonants into their range of “words”.
Activities and Games To Play
5-month-old babies love hearing different sounds as well as seeing funny faces. This is a great way to play with your 5-month-old!
Singing and dancing is also popular.
Go to a playground and place your baby in an infant swing. Chances are he/she will love swinging. You’ll have to find a swing with a high back to support your baby’s back and head. And no hard pushes!
Have some skin contact with your baby. Take your top of both yourself and your baby and cuddle. Chances are your baby will become very happy. My youngest almost tried to swallow my shoulder when he got the opportunity at this age.
Babies of this age are also likely to discover how fun it is to splash water. Bathe with your baby and splash around together.
This is also a good age to start attending baby swim classes.
An unbreakable baby-safe mirror, so that your baby can talk to “another” baby, while lying on the floor is fun. Balls and toys that make sounds are exciting.
If your baby likes jumping on your lap, a baby jumper can be a real success. If using one of these, be very sure to read the instructions, so that you use is in a safe way. And never leave your baby unattended. There are two different types of jumpers to consider. The “floor stations” that ofter look like small space ships, but are good in the sense that they stand on the floor. This feels quite safe. Here is an example of a good jumper.
The other type is the door jumper, that you hang in the doorway. These are lots of fun for babies that really love jumping, and they take a lot less space. However, they can be a bit unsafe – they do hang! – and I know babies that have tipped over when jumping high. So a door jumper is a really funny toy, but it needs to be used with caution!
Finally, a 5-month-old baby that has learned to sit up or support him or herself on the elbows when lying on the tummy can really enjoy a roly-poly toy that rights up itself.
The 5-Month-Old Baby On Video
In this video with 5-month-old babies, you can see some little ones actually almost being on the move, others sitting up. Most babies do neither yet, though. You can also see how much they enjoy interaction with mom and dad and also siblings.
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