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Development Milestones: What to Expect at 5 Months

This 5 month old baby is getting stronger by the minute. When lying on his tummy we can see his perfect head control, and how he’s trying to raise his upper body up higher on extended arms. He even tries to raise his buttocks off the ground, but can’t manage both at the same time.

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-Nate is now 5 months old and getting stronger by the minute. When Nate is lying on his tummy, we can see his perfect head control and now he's trying to raise his upper body up higher on extended arms. He even tries to raise his buttocks off the ground, but can't manage both at the same time. His body movements are lively and more powerful than before, and he is now able to roll from his stomach to his back. When placed on a stomach, Nate kicks his feet, pulls his leg upwards and turns around again. His muscle control is developing and advancing downwards, but still he needs more strength in his lower body and legs before he is able to move ahead. Lying on his back, he flexes his hips and knees and pulls himself upwards by his heels. During traction, he actively participates and is eager to set. Let's compare Nate's abilities at 4 months old on the right to his abilities now. We can clearly see that he has more strength in his back and neck. Even now, he is not able to sit unsupported and will easily fall over. Look at his activity level while he's lying on his back, he bends his legs and jumps upwards. This is fun and at the same time, good exercise for him. He is now almost able to roll from his back to his stomach. Nate has just discovered his feet. He grasps them with his hand. Look how flexible he is. Can you do that? Encourage your child when he does this. You can talk about his body when he touches his feet and say, "What is this? Have you found your feet?" Nate is grasping at everything within reach. He uses both his hands and he's become much better at manipulating and exploring the objects he's holding. Different parts of the toy are studied closely. By placing a toy just outside the reach of your child, you can encourage her to stretch, roll, squirm, or wiggle her way to the object. In Nate's case, he tries to reach the toy by rolling on to his side and extending his arm, and at last, he manages to get the toy. Well done Nate. Nate's attention span and concentration increases as he gets older and he spends more time exploring objects. He turns his head towards sounds and noises and is very interested in what's going on. Children at this age love listening to their parents' voices. He can communicate in four different ways by making sounds and noises, by his body movements, by gesturing and making different facial expressions, by crying. He smiles to his mom and dad, but not as much to strangers.