Development – Your baby at 5 months what to expect at this point!

Milestones your baby at 5 months!

Let’s take a look at what your baby is up to this month in terms of development.

Sounds:

Your baby now realizes where sounds come from, and he’ll turn quickly toward a new one. One of the easiest ways to engage him is to jingle a set of keys. Wind chimes are great attention-getters, too.

Your baby may now be able to recognize his own name and understand that you’re speaking to him when you say it. You may notice that your little one turns his head when you call him or talk about him with others.

Emotions:

Your baby can’t express his emotions in the same complex way that you can. Although he can let you know in clear ways when he’s angry, bored, or happy, his ability to show love and humour are just developing.

Your baby also shows a strong attachment to you by raising his arms when he wants to be picked up and by crying when you leave the room. He may also give you hugs and kisses.

And he’s beginning to get the joke – he’ll laugh at funny expressions and try to make you laugh, too. Keep the laughter flowing with your silly faces!

Feeding:

Your baby may be able to hold her own bottle now and it’s fine to let her, but never prop the bottle for her and walk away. A propped bottle could cause your baby to overeat or even choke. Also, if your baby falls asleep while sucking on the bottle. Milk or formula can pool in her mouth, coating her teeth with sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Pooled milk can also drip into the tubes that connect the back of the throat with the middle part of the ear. Leading to ear infections.

Movement:

Your baby may now be able to get into a sitting position from lying on her stomach by pushing up on her arms. If she’s sitting independently, stay nearby for support — even if you provide pillows to cushion a possible fall. Your baby may have mastered the sitting skill, but she still might lose interest in being upright and topple over.

As always remember that your baby is an individual and will develop at their own pace these are just guidelines and if at any point you are worried don’t hesitate to speak to your healthcare provider!

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