5 months: change the mode of the day
Many children by this age already show an active interest in food. This is a normal formation of nutritional interest, but it does not mean that it is time for the child to administer complementary foods. On the recommendation of WHO, the introduction of complementary foods for children who are both breast-feeding and artificial feeding is recommended from 6 months.
The baby can play for a long time, lying on his stomach. He goes through the toys that are in his reach, manipulates them. Many five-month-olds are already trying to get on all fours. They stretch their arms, pull up and bend their knees. Many people get up on all fours by the end of the month and swing back and forth. This is an excellent preparation for crawling.
The child already knows how to distinguish his people from strangers. It is unlikely that a five-month-old baby will be as calmly in the arms of a stranger as it was, for example, in 2-3 months. If you came to visit, let the child get used to the environment and people sitting in your arms.
He still does not know how to express emotions in such a complex way as you. But it can smile in response to your approach or to your funny faces and sounds.
♦ For a long time playing toys lying on his stomach.
♦ Can independently grab a toy and swing it actively.
♦ Can stand on all fours and swing back and forth.
♦ It makes a lot of sounds, doubles syllables (“ta-ta”, “ba-ba”, “mama-ma”).
There are several aspects on which the physical development of a child depends:
The first is the environment. If the child’s activity is limited to a small space (playpen or crib), then the circle of his activity decreases, and this can lead to a slowdown in the development of motor skills. Conversely, if most of the time he is in a relatively large space (for example, on the floor), then the formation of physical skills occurs more naturally and quickly.
The second is the time spent by the child on his stomach. The more he is on his stomach, the more often he rises on his hands and the faster the formation of all processes: crawling, sitting, walking. So, very often you hear complaints that the child is not sitting and not crawling from parents whose children are in their arms all day or lie on their backs. Why would he crawl or walk if he is so comfortable to wear?
Third, creating motivation to crawl. Lying on the stomach of the child is not very convenient. Accordingly, it is important to be interested in, for example, a nearby favorite toy so that he wants to reach or crawl to it.
How to organize a child’s life
The child has already relatively formed (with your help) his regime. Now it is important to stick to it. Do not forget that the baby is still easily overworked, it is important to observe the waking time, not to “overexpose” the child, since an overexcited baby falls asleep more difficult.
Follow the ritual of laying down for a night’s sleep: bath, light massage, song or book. Skipping the laying ritual is not very beneficial for the child’s sleep. Do not get ready for bed late, try to put your child to sleep at night when he is not very tired.
At 5 months, teething may begin. In general, as soon as the baby is born, the teeth begin their continuous movement towards the oral cavity, so that they can begin to bother the baby long before they appear from the gums.
What can be taught
A child at five months of age already clearly laughs. Try to develop his sense of humor. This does not require any complex actions and adaptations. Funny faces or new sounds (clicking your tongue, swelling your cheeks) will amuse your baby at this stage.
Read touchable books with bulging details. It’s good to use cardboard books at this age. Their child does not remember, and even if a little nibbles, then it is completely safe.
Initial development of speech
By 5 months, the child already forms syllables well and knows how to double them. Every day more and more sounds and their combinations appear in his speech. To a full and informed “mother”, of course, is still far away, but several months will pass and the baby will actively call you.
What feels and how it behaves
The child is already sufficiently attached to his mother to be upset when she leaves the room and leaves him. He will express dissatisfaction with crying and calm down just as quickly, being in the arms of his mother. This is an important time to form a bond between the baby and mother.
At five months, the child can express several types of emotions: joy, sadness, anxiety, fear. Later, the volume of emotions will only increase.