5 Month Old Baby

5 Month Old Baby

A 5 month old baby reaches a number of important milestones including improved mobility. This means that you will need to keep a close eye on your baby most of the time which can be quite exhausting, especially if you are working.

What To Expect:
Most babies are able to roll over by the age of 5 months, while some use rolling over to get around too. It will not take long now before your little one will make the first attempts to crawl. For that reason you should childproof your home because you do not want your 5 months old baby opening a kitchen cabinet with cleaning agents and other hazardous materials. Your baby should be able to sleep through the night by the age of 5 months but he or she may need some “help“. There are several methods to encourage a nighttime sleep including the so-called “cry out“ method which foresees putting a drowsy baby into the crib and letting him or her to cry himself or herself to sleep. Eventually, the baby learns that it is time to sleep when left in the crib but if you decide to use this method, keep in mind that it poses a risk of ignoring a non-sleep related cause of crying. In addition, listening to your baby crying can be heartbreaking. There are other, less “painful“ sleep training methods but it remains unknown which one works best and if the chosen sleep training method has any effect on the baby. Another thing you will notice at your 5 months old baby are improved communication skills. Your baby should be a real babbler by now and will start to put vowels and consonants together such as ma-ma and da-da. However, 5 month-old do not associate these words with parents yet. They do not understand the meaning of the words yet although some seem to respond to their name and simple commands such as no. It is a good idea to pay attention whether your baby is using the same sounds when being hungry, sleepy, etc.

What You Need To Know:
It is very important to talk, read and sing to your baby as often as possible because babies learn by imitating and repeating from their parents. The more often he or she hears you talk the easier he or she will pick up real words. You are highly recommended to childproof your home now because it only takes a second or two of not watching for a serious injury to occur. Be sure to store cleaning agents and other dangerous products out of reach to your baby. Also, cover all electric outlets, put a gate on your stairways, put corner guards on the tables and other pieces of furniture with sharp corners, and keep your floor clear of object that pose a choking hazard.

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