5 Months Old

5 months old is such a fun age. Your baby’s personality is starting to shine through & he/she is becoming more independent. You’re little one may be reading to start solids soon, so make sure to check out this post & bring it up with your doctor!

5 month old

Average Height & Weight:

  • Avg girl: 15.2 lbs, 25.2 inches
  • Avg boy: 16.6 lbs, 25.9 inches

 

Development/Milestones:

  • Starts to roll from back to tummy
  • Able to sit propped with pillow or boppy
  • Distinguishes between colors
  • Turn towards voices and noises, may start to make sounds like “ah” and “oh”
  • Reach and grab for toys for both hands, holds them using all fingers

 

Feeding:

  • Nurse/bottle 4-6x a day (24-40 ounces a day)
  • Talk to your doctor if your baby is ready to begin solids. Many experts recommend waiting until 6 months.

 

Sleep:

  • 14-15 hours a day
    • 3 naps, totaling 5 hours
    • Sleep 10-11 hours overnight (if you’re lucky that is :))

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Play a variety of music, including classical, jazz and pop. Clap, smile and sing along!
  • Give baby simple, colorful toys, and name/explain each item to help baby learn new words.

 

Must Have Products:

  • Sophie the Giraffe

 

  • Touch & Feel Books

 

Example Schedule

  • 6:30 AM – Wake, Nurse/Bottle (4-7 oz.)
  • Playtime
  • 9:30 AM – Nurse/4-7 oz. Bottle
  • Nap ~2.5 hours
  • Activity
  • 1:00 PM Nurse/4-7 oz. Bottle
  • 2 PM – Nap ~1.5 hour
  • 4 PM – Nurse/4-7 oz. milk
  • 4:15 PM – Nap ~45 minutes
  • 7 PM – Nurse/4-7 oz. Bottle & Bedtime routine

 

**Babies meet milestones at their own rate, and no babies’ schedules are the same. Consult with your pediatrician for questions.

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