Baby Development, Baby Guide

5 month old baby milestones – 5 month baby care tips

The fifth month of life: more reasons to laugh together – So far, it has been rather difficult for your baby to express feelings and communicate purposefully. By the fifth month, that changes for a majority of babies.

Listen even better

Even in the womb, a baby trains his sense of hearing. However, in the world, it is not so easy to process and assign all hearing impressions. From the fifth month, many babies recognize where the sounds are coming from and turn in the appropriate direction with interesting sounds.

This new ability allows for completely new, fun games with your baby. However, it can also make you need to look for a quieter place to feed and breastfeed, so your baby will not be distracted from eating too much.

See even better

Also, the vision grows. Now, a baby can also spot small objects and things that move faster and follow them with the eyes. It also discovers that things can be hidden.This realization will be used again and again in the hide and seek games in the coming weeks of development. Also, it is now able to delineate shades of color between pastel colors.

Speak even better …

Of course, a baby in the fifth month is still a long way from saying a few words. But you will notice that the repertoire of sounds and sounds is expanding almost daily. Many babies develop a preference for certain sounds, which they use gradually in certain situations.

Some babies rehearse a sound over and over again to perfection before they present a new one to their environment. In this case, it is important to wait patiently for the next milestone in language development.

Already time for sitting?

In addition to refining all the senses, you’ll be amazed at how your baby is physically evolving. Some babies can now sit alone for a moment. But you should always be close as five-month-old babies tilt slightly to the side due to the still insecure control over their neck and back muscles.

Pediatricians advise against putting the child down frequently and encouraging parents to wait until the baby finds out how it works by sitting.

The development of the movements is shown individually for each baby. Some may first sit well before learning to crawl. Others crawl, crawl and stand long before they figure out how to sit comfortably while seated.

The timing of individual developmental progress can vary from baby to baby up to several weeks. If you have any concerns about motor development, you should consult your pediatrician or midwife.

Food issues

Depending on how your baby develops, you can already in the fifth month of life, slowly learn about the subject of complementary food. Many pediatricians and midwives, as well as the WHO (World Health Organization), recommend starting to feed at the earliest from the sixth month. Always orient yourself to your child – it tells you if it is ready for complimentary food. 

Would you like to cook for your baby yourself?In addition to looking into appropriate baby cookbooks, you should check if you have enough small containers to store the freshly prepared baby food, especially if you want to freeze baby porridge.

Playfully promoting

Regarding his speech development, your baby is in the middle of the so-called first lull phase in the fifth month. The sounds it will try at this stage of development are created by all babies in the world regardless of their mother tongue.

Even deaf-born babies until the sixth month of life. To help your baby develop his language, you should continue to talk, sing and make unusual sounds with him. You will notice that this usually gives the baby a lot of pleasure.

For the training of the hearing rattles, xylophone and bell or the playing of music are recommended. Pay attention to how your child reacts to the different sounds and then tune the “music program.” When playing music, it is important that you do not play them too loud.

By the fifth month of life, most babies get full head control and discover that fingers and toes are an interesting toy. Some babies have already figured out how to turn from the stomach to back. To encourage your baby to turn, place it on the baby blanket as often as possible under observation.

The baby coach is now a daytime experience for the many babies they are waiting for day after day. Slowly they develop a sense for daily routines and regularities as well as the fun of predictable repetitions. Joint trips with their parents to the weekly Baby swimming – PEKIP – or baby massage course provide a hand for a fun promotion and also for variety (also for the participating parents).

Useful for babies 5th month

Nasal aspirator and inhaler

The best protection of the newborn protects against infections, but at the latest in the second half of the life year. Since the little one’s immune system is not yet fully developed, the next cold will not be long in coming. Babies are not yet capable of blowing their own, even with Mama’s help it is difficult. A nose nasal exhauster frees the nose and allows normal breathing again. An inhaler also gently alleviates the cold symptoms in babies.

Baby food

In the fifth month of a child’s lifetime, the digestive system is well enough developed to begin slowly feeding porridge. While at the beginning of the milk only cereal is mixed, can be included in the porridge in the sixth month even easily digestible fruit. The baby is so slowly brought to the consumption of solid food.


If something goes wrong with the first attempts at eating, the mishap is quick, cleanly and hygienically removed with a damp cloth. On the way, the cloths are grateful helpers to wipe away dirt and dirt. Traditionally, wet wipes are also used when wrapping to cleanse baby’s skin gently.


  • slower weight gain
  • Weight gain this month about 500 grams
  • Average weight in the 5th month: 6,900 g (girls), 7,500 g (boys)
  • one to four inches of growth
  • Dress size: 62 to 68
  • Shoe size: 15 to 16
  • Head circumference: 40 to 44 cm
Development of the senses
  • Development of spatial vision, colorful things are now interesting
  • The hearing becomes more and more differentiated, the sense of sound can be better perceived
  • Tangible things are explored both with the hands and with the mouth
Motoric development
  • Turning from the belly to the back now possible for the first time
  • better hand-eye coordination
Linguistic development
  • first Lallphase (notifications are no longer just about screaming, but also about individual noises)
  • Babies understand the “vocal sound” as well as their name.
Parent-child bond
  • Expressing one’s state of health through facial expressions, sounds, and screams
  • Eye contacts also as an important communication option
Exciting leisure and game ideas
  • Squeak ducks, rattles, baby trainers
  • swimming together, PEKIN course, baby massage course, baby swimming course
  • Primarily breastmilk or pre-milk
  • first complementary food possible after medical consultation
Baby Sleep
  • about 14 hours of sleep a day, individual wake-sleep rhythm (even at night)
Important dates for parents and baby
  • Make an appointment now for the U5. 

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