As your baby reaches 5 months old, you may notice significant changes in their growth and development. From their cognitive skills to motor abilities, every moment is a new milestone for your little one. Here are some details on what you can expect from your baby’s growth at 5 months old.
Weight and Height
At 5 months old, your baby’s weight should have doubled since birth. On average, babies weigh around 15 pounds and are approximately 25 inches long. However, every baby grows at their own pace, and there’s no need to worry if your baby is slightly smaller or larger.
As your baby’s body grows, their muscle development will improve too. You may notice that your baby can now hold their head up for longer periods and sit up with support. They may also start to roll over or even try to crawl.
Although you won’t see any teeth yet, your baby’s gums will start to harden in preparation for teething. This can cause discomfort and irritability, so make sure to have teething toys available to soothe their gums.
At 5 months old, your baby will start to communicate with you more through cooing, babbling, and even laughing. They can also recognize familiar faces and voices and respond to them.
Your baby’s cognitive skills will improve as they learn to solve problems. They may start to reach for objects, transfer them from one hand to another, and even try to grasp small items like cereal pieces.
Your baby’s curiosity will grow as they explore their surroundings. They may start to reach for toys or objects, and even put them in their mouth to explore the texture and taste.
Your baby’s bond with you will continue to grow stronger. They may start to show separation anxiety when you leave the room or become upset when someone unfamiliar tries to hold them.
Your baby will start to develop empathy and may even cry when they see someone else crying. They will also start to understand cause and effect, realizing that their actions can affect others.
Your baby will start to enjoy playtime more, especially with interactive toys and games. They may also start to recognize familiar faces and respond with smiles and laughter.
What should my baby be eating at 5 months old?
Babies at 5 months old should still be exclusively breastfed or formula-fed. You can introduce solid foods at around 6 months old, but make sure to consult with your pediatrician first.
When should my baby start crawling?
Every baby is different, but most babies start crawling between 6 to 10 months old. Some babies may skip crawling altogether and go straight to walking.
How can I help my baby with teething?
Provide your baby with teething toys, cold washcloths, or even a frozen banana to soothe their gums. You can also speak with your pediatrician about using teething gels or medications.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s growth?
If you notice any significant changes in your baby’s growth or development, make sure to speak with your pediatrician. They can assess your baby’s overall health and provide guidance on any concerns you may have.
What kind of toys should I get for my 5-month-old baby?
Interactive toys that encourage exploration and sensory development are great for 5-month-old babies. Look for toys with bright colors, different textures, and sounds.
When should my baby start sleeping through the night?
Every baby is different, but most babies start sleeping through the night between 6 to 12 months old. You can encourage healthy sleep habits by establishing a bedtime routine and creating a peaceful sleep environment.
How can I promote my baby’s cognitive development?
Reading to your baby, playing interactive games, and providing sensory stimulation through different textures and sounds can all promote cognitive development. Encourage problem-solving skills by providing age-appropriate toys and games that challenge your baby’s mind.
What are some signs of developmental delays?
If your baby is not meeting developmental milestones or showing significant delays in growth, make sure to speak with your pediatrician. Signs of developmental delays can include delayed speech, motor skill delays, and behavioral issues.
Watching your baby grow and develop is an incredible experience. At 5 months old, your baby will continue to amaze you with their newfound abilities and skills.
Encourage your baby’s growth and development by providing them with plenty of opportunities to explore, play, and learn. Make sure to speak with your pediatrician about any concerns or questions you may have about your baby’s growth.
At 5 months old, your baby’s growth and development will continue to progress. From physical growth to cognitive skills, every milestone is a new adventure for your little one. Enjoy every moment and cherish the memories as your baby continues to grow.