Your baby’s world at 5 months: growing stronger every day
She’ll be using both hands for play and two-syllable sounds to communicate. By the end of month 5, your little one will probably have the strength to sit up with some support and pass toys from one hand to another.
At this age, your baby may start to display some wariness with strangers. Although she’ll have developed recognition of familiar faces, she might display mistrust and fear of new folks. This is normal and will pass in time.
Make sure her diet is more balanced than she is
Your 5-month-old needs proper nutrition to grow strong. Whether you choose to breastfeed or use baby formula, she’ll need protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to support the development of bones, muscles, immune system, brain, and eyes. Below are a few important components for growth and immune system development:
- Vitamin C helps form collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscles, blood vessels, and other connective tissue. It helps maintain capillaries, bones, and teeth. In addition, vitamin C is essential for healing wounds and helping the body resist infection, and it aids in iron absorption.
- Human milk oligosaccharide* (HMO) is a prebiotic previously only found at significant levels in breast milk. There are many HMOs in breast milk, and they are its third-most abundant solid component,† after fat and carbohydrates. Similac Pro-Advance has 2’-FL HMO to provide immune support more like that of the breastfed infant.
- Calcium plays an important role in bone and tooth development, blood clotting, and maintenance of healthy nerves and muscles.
- Iron is necessary for proper growth and formation of healthy blood cells. Iron is part of hemoglobin, a protein that is involved in carrying and storing oxygen.
- Proteins help develop, maintain, and repair new tissues throughout the body, including muscles.
Breastfeeding is the best way to help your baby grow. If you choose to formula feed, consider Similac Pro-Advance, as it provides complete nutrition to support your baby's growing body.
Showing off her muscles and brain power
Your baby’s muscles and brain cells are firing on all cylinders at this age. Here are 5 exercises to help your 5-month-old keep moving full-speed ahead:
- Encourage your baby to raise her head and push up on her arms to watch what is happening in the world around her.
- Hold your baby upright under the arms. Slowly lower her until her feet touch the table, bed, or your lap to help her get a feel for standing in the future.
- Help her learn to sit up on her own. Start by propping her up in the corner of a couch or chair, which can prevent her from falling over.
- Try to get your baby to follow faces or bright objects with her eyes.
- Help your baby pick up small toys, such as 1-inch blocks. (Keep smaller objects that can cause choking out of your baby's reach and mouth.)
Sleeping patterns at 5 months
- Your baby might be sleeping 12 to 15 hours a day, including naps.
- She could wake up more often during the night to feed and may not sleep more than 5 to 6 hours at a stretch.
- She might start to sit up and wake herself in the process. If possible, let her try to get back to sleep on her own instead of immediately trying to provide comfort.