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  • Baby Is Bigger And Bolder At 5 Months! 7 Milestones He Can Do Already

    your little bundle of joy will have you on your toes!
    by Kaydee Dela Buena .
Baby Is Bigger And Bolder At 5 Months! 7 Milestones He Can Do Already
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  • At five months old, your newborn is now a bundle of full energy. They’re talkative, joyful, and active, wanting to play and ‘talk’ with all those around them. This may mean more tired parents, but more fun playtime!

    5 month baby milestones

    Here’s what to expect the next few weeks. If your babies don't hit these milestones by the end of their sixth month, don't worry just yet. Remember that every child is different and some will achieve their milestones while others will do it a little later.

    Physical development

    Rolling back and forth

    Your baby is gaining more strength. By this time, they’re able to hold their head upright and will start to roll over on their own. You can place them on their stomach, and they’ll rock themselves to flip over onto their back. Soon as well, they’ll be able to flip from back to stomach.

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    Reaching for toys

    To help them build more strength and stamina, you can urge them to move more with toys set just out of their reach. They’ll try to grab the toys and even pull and push themselves to get them. This is part of the learning process as they progress towards crawling.

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    Squeezing and moving a toy from one hand to another

    Once they’ve gotten the toys, you’ll notice that your baby will start playing with them and moving the toy from one hand to the other, squeezing it and pulling it.

    This is a great time to bond with your child. Play with them by getting down on the mat. Talk to them and use colorful objects to get their attention. But make sure these are clean and safe, as babies will reflexively put anything in their mouth.

    Bearing down on their legs

    You can also start building more muscle strength in your baby’s legs by holding them upright in a standing position. Allow them to bear a bit of weight on their legs.

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    Assist your baby’s growth and development with proper nutrition. So, what can babies eat at 5 months? If they’re breastfed or bottle-fed, you can still expect them to feed around 4 to 6 times a day, with 28-32 ounces of milk per day.

    You may also start introducing soft foods, like mashed fruits and veggies. You can try dry infant cereals as well mixed with breast milk. Babies will eat around 3 to 5 tablespoons. Make sure to check the symptoms here to see if they are ready to have their first taste of solid food.

    For another healthy alternative, you can feed your baby plain fruits and veggies, up to 2 tablespoons twice a day. Make sure to mash it so it’s easier to eat. It’s a good idea to make them very soupy at first and then gradually thicken the meals.

    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

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    • Has difficulty or is not starting to roll over
    • Their limbs seem stiff with tight muscles
    • On the other end, their movements seem too limp
    • They are unable to hold their head upright
    • Are not interested and does not reach for toys
    • are unable to bear their weight using their legs

    Cognitive development

    Self-soothing

    Your baby is growing more independent now, and they’re enjoying the routine of feeding, sleeping, play time, and even bath time! You'll also notice that they are able to entertain themselves for short periods of time and self-soothe when you’re not there.

    Developing their senses

    To help with their cognitive development, stimulate their senses! Play voice games. Get their attention by calling their name and making different sounds. At this time, they’ll start mimicking you and trying to repeat the noises you make.

    As they become more attentive and curious, this is a wonderful time to start reading to your baby. Choose books that are colorful and allow them to touch the pages. There are books that come with different tactile features. For more stimulation, you can play peek a boo and interact with your baby often.

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    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

    • Your baby is not showing interest or affection to parents
    • Does not respond to noises or when a person is talking to them
    • Does not turn towards any sound

    Social and Emotional Milestones

    With baby's independence comes awareness of their own feelings. They will enjoy cuddles and playtime and talking to mama and papa!

    As they begin to observe the world around them, guide them through it by naming objects and talking to them softly and gently.

    They’ll grow accustomed to more people and be familiar with their faces. As they do, you can introduce your baby to new places. They’ll love seeing new things and experiencing them with their senses.

    Developmental red flags

    Consult your pediatrician if you notice the following:

    • Does not show interest or enjoyment when playing or interacting with others
    • Becomes fussy and unable to self-soothe
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    There will be numerous milestones this month and the coming weeks, so take note of them to relay to your pediatrician on your next check-up. Remember that these developmental milestones are just a simple guide. Your baby may or may not hit these yet as they grow at their own pace. For any concerns about their development, it is always best to consult your doctor.

    Click here for a list of developmental milestones you can expect from your growing child.

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