1. Smiling and responding to your voice:
At five months, your baby should be responding to your voice with smiles and coos. This interaction is an early sign of social development.
2. Holding their head steady when supported in an upright position:
By now, your baby should be able to hold their head relatively steady when you hold them upright, showing improved neck and upper body strength.
3. Making babbling sounds and attempting to mimic your speech:
Babies at this age are beginning to experiment with sounds and might even try to imitate the sounds they hear around them, including your speech.
4. Reaching for and grasping objects:
Your little one is developing their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They may reach out for toys and attempt to grasp them.
5. Rolling over from tummy to back and vice versa:
Rolling over is a significant physical milestone. Your baby may begin to roll from their tummy to their back and back again, although it might not be perfectly coordinated yet.
6. Displaying an interest in exploring their surroundings:
Your baby is becoming more curious about the world. They may show interest in looking at objects, people, and surroundings with increased attention.
7. Beginning to show preferences for familiar faces and objects:
At five months, your baby is starting to distinguish between familiar faces and objects, indicating early cognitive development.
8. Exhibiting improved hand-eye coordination:
Your baby's ability to coordinate their hand movements with their visual focus is improving, making it easier for them to grab and manipulate objects.
9. Sitting with support for short periods:
While they still need support, some babies may be able to sit with assistance, allowing them to explore their environment from a new perspective.
10. Demonstrating greater awareness of cause and effect:
Your baby is starting to understand that their actions can lead to specific outcomes, which is a crucial step in their cognitive development.