Five Months Old Development Milestones

Your baby will be growing and developing rapidly now. They are learning more about the world and how they fit into it. Many of the new things your baby is learning at 5 months are preparing them for eating solid food. It is usually recommended you introduce solids at 6 months, but some babies are ready as early as 4 months. So, if you think it’s time, it’s fine to start experimenting with solids now.

Your Baby’s Development

Your baby is working hard to gain the skills required to move around without your help. Once your little one can roll over in both directions, they may start rolling across the room and end up in different spots than where you put them down.

Your baby is becoming more social and interested in other people, but saves their biggest smiles for the people they know and love the best – like you. At 5 months old, your baby knows their name and may turn toward you when you say it. Your baby is more attuned to your tone of voice, too. When you say hello in a loud, silly voice, your baby may squeal and grin back

5 month old milestones

  • Playing. At 5 months old, your baby probably loves playtime. And the great thing is, playing helps your baby learn, develop skills, and boosts their senses. Holding toys in front of your baby so they can practice reaching and grabbing them, playing “peek-a-boo,” or attending a parent-baby music class are all good ways to play together. Check out these ideas for easy games to play with your baby.
  • Rolling over. Although not all babies will totally master this skill yet, some babies will be rolling over from front to back and back to front around 5 months. (Flipping from back to front is harder because your baby needs stronger neck and arm muscles for that maneuver.) Your baby may love their newfound ability, or may not like the view once they’ve flipped over. Either way, encourage them.
  • Sitting up. Most 5-month-olds can’t sit up without support yet, but your baby may enjoy sitting while propped up by pillows. This can help your baby develop the core strength needed for sitting, too. Just be sure to stay right next to your little one in case they topple over.
  • Moving objects: Your baby may be able to pick up larger, easy-to-grasp objects like soft balls and blocks. Passing things from one hand to the other usually won’t happen for another few months, but your baby is getting better at grabbing things. Your 5-month-old may begin reaching with both hands at the same time, touching their fingers together, and banging objects on a table or hard surface.

Although babies follow fairly predictable patterns of development, all babies are different. It’s a good idea to be aware of milestones and tell your baby’s care provider if you have any concerns about developmental delay. But keep in mind that some babies just need a bit more time to learn skills and hit milestones.

5-month-old feeding

How much does a 5-month-old eat? Whether your baby breastfeeds or takes a bottle, your 5-month-old will have between 24 to 32 ounces of formula or breast milk every 24 hours

Formula-fed babies will drink about 6 ounces at every feeding, and will want five to six bottles per day. (That’s true for babies who drink breast milk from a bottle, too.) That will work out to a bottle every 3 to 4 hours, with longer stretches at night.

Breastfed 5-month-olds will usually nurse five or six times a day. But babies aren’t always predictable – yours may want to nurse more often and may have some shorter and some longer feeding sessions.

There’s no hard and fast rule about how often your 5-month-old should breastfeed. (And some breastfed babies may want to nurse primarily for comfort and not just physical nourishment.) Keep watching for your baby’s hunger cues to decide when to feed.

How much should my 5-month-old sleep?

How many hours a 5-month-old should sleep depends on the baby! Just like everything else, there’s a range—there are big sleepers and not-so-big sleepers—and oftentimes the amount baby sleeps depends on their own unique sleep personality.

Five-month-olds tend to sleep around 15 hours a day, including about up to 10 hours at night (some babies wake at night and others don’t!) and two or three naps, adding up to around five hours of daytime sleep

All babies are different

A small note on developmental milestones: it’s really true – all babies are different and although we can encourage them, they will do things at their own pace and in their own time. 

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