Baby smiled her real smiles at you and you were so charmed,
you decided nothing could be better. But baby has more in
store for you in her fifth month. Endless entertainment
coupled with increasing interest in her surroundings makes
your five month-old baby an ideal playmate.
Squeals and smiles
You will be amazed by the repertoire of sounds your baby can
produce now. She is always eager to communicate with you
with her smiles, and squeals of delight. Laugh and your baby
laughs with you. Baby babble is almost at its peak now.
In baby’s fifth month, she can sit with support and haul
herself up a little bit when she is laid on her tummy. She
can pay attention to tiny objects, but it is wise to keep
such objects well out of your curious baby’s reach.
More sleep, yet less rest for you
Your five month-old baby sleeps for longer stretches at
night, which means your under-eye circles might soon go
away. But when he is awake, he loves your company and wants
all your attention. His daytime naps continue and give you a
few short breaks to get that pile of laundry done.
Are you ready for real food?
Probably. Once your baby’s tongue thrust reflex has
disappeared and she seems interested in what you are eating,
you might want to premiere with solids. Start feeding baby
when he neither has a full tummy nor a ravenous appetite.
The trick is to know when to begin, and more important when
to stop. When she looks disinterested and turns her head
away, it is time to abandon project cereal until the next
In baby’s fifth month, she will be open to the idea of
trying out a cup. Pour a few drops into her mouth. Most of
it will probably be spilt, but the earlier you start a cup,
the fewer the spills later in childhood. A sippy cup has its
own advantages, but it might be tough to wean an older child
from a sippy.
Unfortunately, along with your dimples and your lovely
golden hair, your baby also inherits some of your food
allergies. Wheat, cow’s milk, soy, peanuts and fish are
Feeding your five month-old baby is one of the messiest
tasks you will ever perform. The baby-on-your-lap method is
by far the most logistically tricky. An infant seat can
double as a feeding chair. Make sure you strap baby in and
never leave baby unsupervised in an infant seat even for a
Get some exercise
Most mobile walkers and jumpers are unsafe and some have
even been banned. A safer option would be an exersaucer or a
stationary walker. A baby swing can work miracles as it
calms your baby while you are occupied. But too much use of
the baby swing can impair his practice of motor functions
such as walking, crawling and cruising.
Health is wealth
In baby’s fifth month, a medical examination is generally
not scheduled unless you have specific health concerns or
questions. Read all about environmental hazards that can
affect your baby both at home and outdoors. Try to minimize
your baby’s exposure to environmental hazards by adequately
childproofing your home, monitoring baby all the time and
following safety measures.
Parenting is a demanding job and there are no job
regulations or specifications. Keep yourself informed so
that you know what is best for your baby.
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