By five months, the pace of your baby's development is steadily increasing; she will be picking up new tricks almost daily...
Not only is she looking at the world around her, she is touching it - exploring everything that is within reach of her hands and putting it straight in her mouth. At this stage, your baby may start playing little games as she begins to understand that simple actions have results.
A typical example might be dropping an object just to watch you pick it up or to see how and where it falls. Get used to this; it won't be long before she is taking great delight watching you pick up after her.
While before, your baby had shown a fascination for bold colours, now she is beginning to sort out subtle differences in pastels.
She is getting better at tracking small moving objects and she might even be able to recognise an object after seeing only part of it.
She will also start to be happy being on her own a little more, particularly as she can now play with her hands and feet for a few minutes at a time.
Suddenly you will realise that an unusual calm has descended and your baby, far from needing your attention for most of every waking hour, is now amusing herself – for short periods anyway.
Equally, by five months she will start to show a strong attachment to you by raising her arms to be picked up and crying when you leave the room. She may also begin to give you hugs and kisses back – a well-earned reward for all your hard work.
What to expect from your baby at month 6