Five month fun time...

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Files: Baby -

Your baby’s phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment is in­creas­ing fast now. If you turn her on her tummy, she will stretch her arms and legs out and use her back mus­cles to make her­self into a ba­nana shape and then tip over side­ways in an at­tempt to roll over. Once on her back, she will be able to lift her head and shoul­ders off the floor.

› She can stretch her arms out to the sides and rock on her tummy in or­der to roll over too.

› Your baby might be able to sit by her­self for a sec­ond or two, but stay near her or put cush­ions around her for sup­port as she will cer­tainly still top­ple over of­ten.

› En­cour­age her to play on her tummy on the floor so that she has to lift her head and ch­est and she has to look for­ward to find her toys. This will de­velop her neck mus­cles and give her con­trol over her head, a very im­por­tant step in learn­ing to sit up­right un­sup­ported.

› If you hold your baby on your lap, she will be able to put weight on her legs for a few sec­onds and hold her­self up­right. And she just can’t get enough of be­ing bounced!

› At this age, ev­ery­thing goes to the mouth. This isn’t nec­es­sar­ily be­cause her gums are itchy or be­cause of teething, but rather be­cause she uses her mouth to ex­plore. This is an im­por­tant part of oral sen­sory de­vel­op­ment, and not some­thing you should try to pre­vent.

› You might no­tice that this month your baby has added a lot of dif­fer­ent sounds to her speech reper­toire and she will love re­peated sounds like “ma­ma­mama”, or “babababa”, to great de­light of mom and dad, of course. But come back to earth… She isn’t talk­ing yet be­cause at this stage there is no mean­ing at­tached to the sounds she is mak­ing.

› Some­times a baby can be so chuffed with a new sound they have dis­cov­ered that they re­peat it over and over again. This is com­pletely nor­mal. Ba­bies like to master one thing be­fore mov­ing on to the next.

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