As your baby is 5 months
old, you will be observing many developmental milestones in her. Find out the
development milestones that you can expect in a 5-month-old
Well, it may be hard to believe,
but your little one is almost a half year old! She shall be a year old in the
next 6 months! She is on her way to develop new eating habits and communicate
with you more effectively.
Here is a compilation of developmental
that you can expect from her this month. Please read
Developments in a 5-Month-Old
She may have doubled her birth
weight by now. At this stage, you can expect her to gain around a pound each
She has also developed her fine motor skills and can
sit with support, but you need to hold her properly. You may find her using her
hands in support while sitting, but this too shall be gone with time. She can
now easily roll back from her stomach. Some babies may even try standing up on
knees and hands and rock in the front and back.
Sleep Patterns of a 5-Month-Old
Well, you can expect your little
champ to sleep around 6-8 hours at a stretch during nights but she may still
need feeds in the middle of the night. In case you find her waking up at night,
it is necessary to wait before providing any comfort. It is important to help
her learn the self soothing techniques, so that she can go back to sleep on her
own. Gently pat her and check if she goes back to sleep. If you feel her cries
are only getting louder, you can attend her and lull her back to sleep. You
must also check if she needs diaper
To reduce chances of SIDS or Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome, it is essential that you keep her crib empty.
Remove the additional pillows, soft toys and small objects that might increase
You may find the colour of her
eyes changing. The colour shall change several shades before settling on the
final one. In case you find her eyes brown, there are chances that they shall
be her permanent eye colour.
is time you start offering her solids apart from the milk she was relying on.
The foods she gets must be rich in iron. As she is preparing for the new eating
patterns, you can offer her strained and properly mashed vegetables and fruits.
Here are some other aspects you need to be aware
It is important that you wait in between before starting
anything new, so that you can understand if she has any allergies.
If she does not like the taste of
something new, you need to wait for sometime before offering it
You will be amazed to know how
fickle minded babies are! She may completely love the food she ignored few days
It is important that you introduce
honey only after she turns a year old. A bacterium contained in honey is known
to cause botulism and thus you need to be careful.
If you wish to offer her cow's
milk, you need to wait till she turns a year old. However, you can safely offer
the by-products like cheese or yoghurt.
Make sure that you consult a
paediatrician before introducing
solids to get some helpful tips from him or her.
You may find her laughing,
babbling and smiling all the day now. She shall feel more comfortable around
familiar people like you, daddy or her caregiver. Do not be amazed if you find
the initial signs of fear in her while seeing strangers around her. Storytelling
and singing songs to her shall be some of the best ways to bond with
In case you are thinking of getting back to work, you
need to look for a childcare provider. In case you opt for the day care
centres, make sure they are clean and offer safe environment to kids. You can
also enquire about the background of the centre and ensure the staff members
are well trained. To be on a safer side, you can leave your baby with your
parents or your in-laws as they are the best support system for working
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