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5 month old baby development

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.

Your baby at five months

She should be able to:

  • Distinguish between bold colours
  • Raise her chest supported by her arms when on her stomach
  • Roll over (one way)
  • Amuse herself by playing with her hands and feet
  • Bring both hands together
  • Smile spontaneously
  • Squeal in delight
  • Reach for an object

She will probably be able to:

  • Turn towards a new sound
  • Turn in the direction of a voice (particularly mummy's)
  • Recognise her own name
  • Razz (make a wet razzing sound)
  • Keep her head level with her body when pulled to a sitting position

She may possibly be able to:

  • Sit momentarily without support
  • Pull up to a standing position from sitting
  • Stand while holding onto someone or something
  • Object if you take a toy away
  • Work to get one out of reach
  • Pass a cube or other object from one hand to the other
  • Look for a dropped object
  • Imitate speech sounds, for example; "mama", "dada"
  • May begin developing stranger anxiety
  • Your baby’s probably showing more signs that she's becoming ready for solids and is likely to be showing a keen interest in the foods you and other people are eating. However, breast milk is still all she needs until she is six months old.

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