Milestones at 5 Months

The curiosity and discovery continue as your baby explores the world around him or her. Your baby will also start to display some serious acrobatics while becoming aware of his or her body and all of its parts. Here’s a look at what a baby typically does at 5 months:

Social / Emotional Milestones

  • Trusts that you will respond and help when needed
  • Becomes more confident in abilities
  • Displays persistence in trying repeatedly to reach a toy or get your attention 

Language / Communication Milestones

  • Makes sounds to get social attention
  • Notices strangers
  • Turns head toward the sound of your voice

Cognitive Milestones (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Can find a toy partially hidden under a cloth

Movement / Physical Milestones

  • Can roll from stomach to back
  • May pull forward to sitting position when you hold his or her hands
  • Reaches for a toy with 2 hands and uses the whole hand to grasp it
  • Places both hands on breast or bottle when nursing

Concerned About Your Child’s Development?

All babies are different and develop at their own pace. If your infant has not yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.

Still, you know your child best. And developmental delays or disorders are most successfully treated when caught early.

If you have concerns, don’t wait.

Talk with the healthcare provider if you think your child...

  • Is not meeting milestones for his or her age
  • Has lost skills he or she once had, or is not doing something you’d expect him or her to be doing

Or if you have concerns about...

  • How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts or moves
  • Other things your child does

SOURCE: These developmental milestones from several infant health and development organizations, including Zero to Three, provide a general idea of what most babies can do at this age.

See also ... 

What your 5-month-old is learning and experiencing

•  Looking ahead: Development at 6 months

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