May 8, 2024

Celebrating The Milestones of Your 5 Month Baby

Celebrating The Milestones of Your 5 Month Baby

Five months old! Your tiny, fragile bundle has transformed into a gurgling, giggling, oh-so-curious explorer. Those first few months with your little one were a whirlwind of sleepless nights, sweet snuggles, and a million tiny "firsts." Now, just as you think you have got the hang of parenthood, your little wonder throws you another curveball – a delightful one, filled with newfound skills and endless fascination. 

This blog is dedicated to cherishing those 5 month milestones. Here, let us explore the developmental leaps, the heartwarming moments, and the hilarious mishaps that make this stage so special. 

Get ready to pop the confetti on those glorious 5 month milestones!

5 month Developmental Milestones

You are not the only one to ask, “What should the baby be doing at the age of 5 months? Almost all parents think about this. This section guides you through the landscape of 5 month infant milestones and serves you as a helpful reminder of the incredible progress your little one is making.

  1. Physical development
    • Rolling over: From back to front and maybe even front to back, watch your tiny acrobat conquer tummy time with this impressive feat.
    • Pushing up: Those little arms are getting stronger! Expect to see your baby using them to push up from their tummy, eventually leading to crawling adventures.
    • Sitting with support: With a little help, your five-month-old might be able to sit upright for short periods, soaking in the world from a new perspective.
    • Grasping and reaching: Those chubby fingers are becoming more coordinated, reaching for toys with precision and transferring them between hands.
  2. Communication and social skills
    • Babbling: From adorable coos to consonant-vowel combinations, your baby's vocal repertoire is expanding rapidly. This is the dawn of conversation!
    • Responding to their name: Your little one might turn their head or light up at the sound of their name, a sign of growing emotional connection and recognition.
    • Smiling and laughing: Those gummy grins are infectious, melting your heart and filling the room with sunshine. And of course, the first belly laughs are pure gold!
    • Making eye contact: Look into those bright, curious eyes! Your baby is holding your gaze for longer stretches, building trust and connection.
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3. Cognitive and sensory development

  • Tracking objects: Watch your baby's eyes follow moving toys with increasing focus, their little brains learning about cause and effect.
  • Exploring textures: From smooth to bumpy, soft to hard, your baby is using their hands and mouth to discover the world around them.
  • Recognizing familiar faces: Grandma's smile or Daddy's voice? Your baby is starting to distinguish familiar faces from strangers, bringing you closer than ever.
  • Playing peek-a-boo: This classic game never gets old! Your baby's delight at the "reveal" shows their understanding of object permanence and anticipation.

Introducing Solid Foods: Is It Time?

At the age of 5 months, breast milk or formula remains the cornerstone of your baby’s diet. According to child development experts, babies should ideally consume around 25-35 ounces per day. This often breaks down to approximately 6-8 ounces per feeding.

However, every child is unique, which means there can be days when your baby drinks slightly more or less than this recommended quantity – that’s completely normal! If there are consistent deviations from this range though, it's advisable to consult with your pediatrician.

A significant 5th month milestone is the introduction of solid foods into your baby's diet. However, it's essential to remember that every child develops at their own pace. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that babies do not need nutrition beyond breast milk or formula until they're six months.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends looking for the following signs of readiness in your baby:

  1. Able to hold their head up.
  2. Moves food from a spoon into their mouth.
  3. Opens their mouth when food is nearby.
  4. Weighs at least 13 pounds or has doubled their birth weight.

A Glimpse into Your Baby's Sleep

A 5 month old baby still spends more time sleeping than awake—around 10 hours at night, plus about four hours in the day across two to three naps. You should continue placing your baby on their back to sleep and ensure that their crib is free of any items like blankets, toys or bottles.

At this age, some babies are 'catnappers,' while others require longer stretches of sleep. Many babies start sleeping through the night (for six to eight hours) by 5-6 months old. Remember that “sleeping through the night” does not mean uninterrupted sleep. Intermittent wakings are completely normal at this stage.

Sleep Training: Yay or Nay?

Experts often have mixed recommendations about sleep training a 5 month old. Opinions on sleep training vary widely and depend largely on individual family values.

By five months, most babies are capable of learning to self-soothe and may not need night feedings anymore. When it comes to deciding whether to sleep train or not, always remember that your baby's needs are unique and what works for one may not for another. Your pediatrician can provide the best advice tailored specifically for you and your child.

Daily Schedules and Activities

Depending on your baby's sleeping pattern, you might be starting your day quite early! After breakfast (which at this age is likely breast milk or formula) and some engaging playtime, they’ll be ready for their first nap. Following lunch, more playtime ensues before they're ready for their second nap. Some 5 month olds might still require a third nap, typically the shortest of the day.

During playtime, focus on tummy time activities. You can use books with brightly colored pictures and items with various textures, toys that light up and play music, hanging toys and rattles.

Another exciting 5th month developmental milestone is sitting up. You can start helping your baby sit up and enjoy playtime in a seated position. This is a crucial way to prepare them for the upcoming milestone of sitting up independently.

Baby’s Health and Safety at Five Months

Regular pediatric check-ups are crucial for tracking your baby's development and growth. If you missed the 4-month check-up, you could still schedule it. The next well-visit is due when they turn six months old.

Fevers can be worrying for parents. However, fevers are mostly an indication that your baby's immune system is functioning as it should. If your child looks very ill or acts unusually fussy or tired along with a fever, it’s important to consult a doctor.

Given that 5 month olds love exploring everything with their mouths, ensuring their safety becomes paramount. Keep small objects out of their reach and avoid feeding your baby large chunks of food to prevent choking. It's also a good time to start babyproofing your home now to prepare for when they begin crawling.

Baby Care Basics

Caring for a 5 month old involves keeping track of diaper changes, establishing bedtime routines, and making informed decisions about daycare.

  1. Diapers: A healthy 5 month old baby should have at least five to six wet diapers and two dirty diapers each day. However, the frequency can vary depending on whether they're breastfed or formula-fed.
  2. Bedtime routine: Establishing a bedtime routine with activities like a bath, massage, or storytime can prepare your baby for sleep.
  3. Daycare: Deciding when your baby is too sick for daycare can be challenging. Keep them home if they show signs of serious illness such as a high fever, constant cough, or any known contagious disease.

Remember, your pediatrician is your best source of advice whenever you have any concerns about these care basics.


Parenting is a journey filled with love, joy, and of course, learning. As your baby grows and develops, so does your understanding of their world. Your little one is rapidly developing and reaching new milestones by 5 months. From grasping object permanence to perhaps tasting their first solid food—they're making huge leaps every day.

With this guide, we hope you feel more confident in understanding what to expect at this stage in your baby’s life. It can be an exciting time to engage with your child through play and exploration.

Remember, every child is unique and develops at their own pace. So take a step back, enjoy these precious moments and celebrate each 5 month milestone—big or small. And if you ever need guidance or support during this extraordinary journey, Raising Superstars is here for you with expert-backed programs and a supportive community of parents who are navigating the same wonderful path as you are.

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