Your baby is now five months old and entering the sixth month.
In this series of articles, we are focusing on physical, mental and behavioural characteristics that are typically exhibited at each stage. However, remember that every child is unique and that is what we love about them. Some will exhibit certain behaviours early and some later. Just learn to enjoy parenthood and your children and go on the journey with them.
Also, when you read this series of articles, don't leave after reading one entry. Look at the entries for earlier and later periods also. This series of articles is written as a continuum and not as distinct entries for each period. For example, if your baby is six months old, read all entries from four to eight months.
Do bring it to your doctor's attention if there is an abnormal delay in reaching a developmental milestone. Regular visits to the paediatrician are required to ensure that your baby is progressing normally.
From the mouths of babes
- I can roll over and its fun
- I can speak longer strings of babytalk
- I like to stand, with your support
- I may cry when someone leaves me or takes an object that I had
- Your baby has a stable neck, can move around on his tummy, roll over and use both his hands.
- Your baby may start teething (anywhere from six to ten months). It will make her fussy. Give her something soft to chew on.
- Your baby will be able to sit using his hands for support
- Your baby's feet and legs have become very active
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the baby be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. Following that, you can start a mixed diet. Breastfeeding should continue till the end of the first year, as long as you can produce milk. Some mothers even continue it into the second year.
Your baby does not like abrupt changes. So new places and new people may still make him fussy
Give your baby lots of outside time (walks, stroller walks, parks etc.)
Continue to flip picture books and sing nursery rhymes and songs
Put some toys that make music/sounds when moved, near baby's feet
- Keep talking to your baby. He learns a lot from it.
- Bounce back toys
- Balls which are slightly heavy so they cannot be rolled too far. Baby will push and chase them.
- Teething rings
- Soft blocks
- Toys that make soft/pleasant sounds when moved or squeezed
- More colourful toys
- Stay physically active. Your baby is also growing and you need more energy to carry your baby.
- Keep abreast of all the safety requirements for toys, and around your home
- Bond with your child so she learns more about you and knows her dad will always be there for her
1. Healthy Start, Grow Smart, Your Five Month Old, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2002
2. Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Policy on Infant Feeding
3. Toy Safety Publications of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission