- At 5 months, your baby would be sitting up probably with support.
- Without support, she will be in the Leaning Tower of Pisa sitting and will need cushions to prop her upright.
- She will use her hands to push herself up in a sitting position.
- Rolling from tummy to back and to tummy again will be a frequent activity.
- She will reach out for a toy when on tummy.
- When on her back, she may bring her feet towards her hands and rock.
- Her grasp will be quite defined and she may manage to hold a sippy cup on her own.
- She will enjoy movements such as gentle swinging and rocking.
- She will probably be sleeping through the night by now.
- The baby will enjoy using both her hands to explore toys and objects.
- Moto reflex will totally be gone. She will get startled much lesser.
- She will develop understand object permanence and enjoy peek-a-boo.
- By this time, most kids, enjoy bath time and car rides or pram rides outdoors.
- She will turn her head when her name is called out.
- By now the baby will understand simple instructions such as no and yes.
Emotional and Social Development
- Your baby will start returning your affection.
- She will hold her arms to be picked up by you.
- She will generally be happy.
Language and Communication
- From lop sided smiles your baby will move to full fledged laughs at 5 months.
- She will be making different sounds to express her feelings.
- Be prepared to hear a lot of babbling.
- Consonants such as da-da will be a favourite.
- She will listen/observe intently and also respond through laughter or sounds.
- The baby will learn to maintain eye contact when spoken or sung too.
- Breast milk will be her main food.
- Pureed fruits and vegetables can be added.
What you can do to boost her development
- To help your baby sit, move their legs to form a V-shape, which helps them balance.
- Show her how to pass a toy from one hand to another. Give her time to copy you.
- Swinging and rocking gently are fun ways to improve their perception of movement. This is a precursor to crawling.
- During tummy time, place a toy just out of reach to encourage movement.
- Invest sometime in peek-a-boo or hide a toy under a pillow when she is watching.
- When handing her over a toy, name it (it’s a block/car) to help her identify things with their names.