Your Baby Development at 5 Months
Homing in on 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.
Things your baby might enjoy
- Wind chimes
- His own name may cause him to turn and look at you
- Your baby is learning language from you not from tv or radio
- Your baby has a growing range of emotions
He is expressing emotions but not in any complex manner. His sense of humor and his ability to show love are just developing. He can really tell you when he is angry and bored.
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.
He’ll laugh at your funny expressions and he’ll try to make you laugh too.
Remember always that your baby is an individual and accomplishes these milestones on his own schedule.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least six months – though parents will attest that some babies are eager and ready to eat solids earlier.
More Baby Development:-Starting solids is always a real milestone for baby and for parents. How, what, when are the questions that come up now.
How will you know when your baby is ready for solid food?
Here are cues to look for in baby development that will tell you he is ready to try some solid food.
- Head control-being able to keep his head in a upright steady postion
- Losing his “extrusion reflex”-he will have to stop pushing food out of his mouth with his tongue
- He will have to sit well when supported. Even though he might not be ready for a high chair he needs to be able to be sitting upright to swallow well.
Chewing motions. Your baby’s mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling – though if your baby’s teething, you might still see a lot of drool.
- When he is at least 4 months old and has doubled his birth weight or weighs about 15 pounds.
- He seems hungry even after getting formula or breast fed his regular feeding.
- He is curious about what you are eating.
Baby development is truly fascinating so take the time to enjoy all these small milestones that are happening.
Your baby is UNIQUE!
Source: Starting Solids