Sunday, October 20, 2013

What to Expect....Month 5

Continuing with some milestones that are related to talking and signing....these are just a few of the highlights - there are lots of things going on in that little body right now. Little ones will develop at different rates.  If I mention he is "supposed" to be vocalizing pleasure and displeasure by 5 months and your little one isn't quite there yet, please don't panic.  If you're greatly concerned that your child is behind, please speak with your child's healthcare provider.

Also, keep in mind that, regardless when it happens, milestones will be reached in order.  Your baby won't start speaking in full sentences before she says single words.

Ok - here we go!

For babies around five months old, here is some of what you can expect:


  • Watches mouth movements
  • Interested in colors
  • Gazes at specific objects


  • Soothed by music


  • Can sit, propped with pillows
  • May be able to stand while holding on for balance
  • Has good aim while reaching with one hand
  • Transfers toys from hand to hand or mouth

Language and Communication

  • Babbles/practices making a variety of sounds including "raspberries" and making "bubbles"
  • Mimics sounds and gestures
  • Vocalizes different sounds for different needs
  • Makes two-syllable sounds
  • Baby is likely to start lauging this month

Social Development

  • Resists toys being taken away

Cognitive Development
  • Is alert for half of his wakeful time
  • Can discriminate herself from others when looking in a mirror
Some activities you can do now:

  • Your baby will likely put everything in her mouth, especially as teething kicks into high gear.  Experiment with a variety of toys appropriate for chewing until you find something that seems to work will for your little one.
  • Continue to allow for "tummy time."  This will help to continue to develop the muscles needed for crawling.
  • Continue to read to your baby throughout the day.
  • Involve your baby in conversation. Ask him questions, and pause for an answer.
  • Keep plenty of toys on hand that are the right size and shape for your little one to grasp on his own.
  • Now that your baby can laugh, go all out getting her to laugh!

What is a sure fire way you have found to make your baby laugh?

Here are the websites that helped me compile this information.  Check them out to find even 
more details about what to expect during the first month of your baby's life:

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