Today we are going to study about Baby development: Your 5-month-old
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What can my baby do at five months? Your baby is becoming much better at expressing
herself. She will show her affection by giving you hugs and holding her arms up when she
wants you to pick her up. She may even laugh at your jokes.
You may find your baby watching you intently as you speak. She is learning more about how
language works. She may soon recognise her name if you call it.
When will my baby sit up on her own? By now, your baby’s physical development is
coming on fast. If you sit her on your lap or put her on the floor, she may be able to
sit for a moment without assistance. To help your baby sit, move her legs to form
a ‘V’ shape. This helps her balance while sitting and reduces the risk of her toppling
over. Once she is in this position, place a toy in front of her to play with. Make sure
you’re nearby to provide support, and surround her with pillows to cushion a possible fall.
You could also encourage your baby to play lying on her tummy. Lifting her head and chest
to see a toy will help to strengthen her neck muscles and develop the head control she needs
for sitting up. You could also help her strengthen her legs by standing her on your thighs and
bouncing her up and down. Why does my baby keep repeating the same sound
over and over? Your baby is just practicing her language
skills by making new sounds. Her current favourite is probably making bubbles. At this age, your
baby may become so enthralled by one of her new-found abilities that she may get stuck
on it for a while. Your baby will probably prefer to master one skill before moving to
the next. Hearing the same sound constantly can get
annoying, but be patient as there’s more to come, especially once she starts to talk.
How well can my baby see? Your baby’s getting better at spotting tiny
objects, such as dirt on the ground. She can also follow something small that’s moving,
so she’ll be able to see a fly flying around in the house. Your baby may also be able to recognise an
object after seeing only part of it. Soon she will understand that an object still exists
even when she can’t see, hear or touch it. This skill will form the basis of many hide-and-seek
(chupan chupai) games you’ll be playing in the coming months.
Will my baby recognise her name when I say it?
Your baby may recognise her name, and she may respond when you say it from across the
room. She may turn her head when you talk about her with friends. It will help your
baby to develop her language skills if you make time to sit in front of her and talk
to her. She may watch your mouth intently when you speak and even try to imitate your
inflections and utter sounds such as “m” and “b”.
Your baby soon realises where sounds come from. She quickly becomes familiar with everyday
noises such as the pressure cooker or the microwave beeping, and they won’t interest
her much. But if she hears a new sound, she’ll turn quickly towards it. One of the most appealing
ways to engage her is to jingle a set of keys. Wind chimes are great attention-getters, too.
How can I stop my baby fussing when we’re out and about?
It’s a good idea to take your baby out and introduce her to new experiences as they will
catch her interest for a while. For example taking her downstairs to buy vegetables from
a vendor will entertain her. You can even take her to a mall, but you may want to keep
the visit fairly brief. Otherwise you may find yourself halfway through a planned shopping
spree with an unhappy baby. If your baby starts getting cranky, you may
be able to distract her for a short time. Try engaging her with funny faces or a nursery
rhyme like twinkle twinkle little star. Clapping your hands or giving her something to hold,
such as a favourite toy or rattle, can work too.
Can my baby show affection? So far your baby’s only been able to let you
know if she’s angry, upset, bored or happy. But now she’s beginning to express love, affection
and humour. Your baby may show a strong attachment to
you by raising her arms when she wants to be picked up, and crying when you leave the
room. She may also give you hugs and kisses. And she’s beginning to get the joke. She may
laugh at funny facial expressions and try to make you laugh, too. This is when the fun begins. You’ll find yourself
becoming a child as you make silly faces and nonsense sounds, or try your hand at mimicry.
Check out our Let’s play section for more fun ways to keep your baby engaged.
Is my baby developing normally? Your baby, like other babies, is unique. She’ll
meet physical milestones at her own pace. These are simply guidelines to what your baby
has the potential to do, if not right now, then soon.
If your baby was born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) you’ll probably find
that she needs more time before she can do the same things as other babies her age. That’s
why most babies born prematurely are given two ages by their doctors:
Chronological age, which is calculated from your baby’s date of birth.
Corrected age, which is calculated from your baby’s due date.
You should measure your premature baby’s development against her corrected age, not her actual
date of birth. Your doctor will assess your premature baby’s development from the time
she should have been born and evaluate her skills accordingly.
Find out more about how your baby is growing this month. If you have any questions at all
about your baby’s development, check with your doctor.