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4 to 5 months old

Katie de Klee
How your baby will grow and develop, some great tips and what to expect from the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Your baby may start making babbling noises (not quite talking, but not far away).
  • Your baby is sleeping for longer stretches (hopefully).
  • Your baby can roll over.
  • Your baby’s hands are more dexterous.
  • You may be ready to start socialising again.
How your baby is developing:
By the fourth to fifth month your baby’s weight will probably have doubled since birth. Their muscles are much stronger and they will be able to hold up and control their head. Your baby is also getting better at using their hands and will be able to start grasping at some objects. Most things your baby gets their hands on go into their mouth – they are actually being clever and using their senses to discover the world, although some items don’t seem an obvious choice for the sense of taste! Avoid wearing any jewellery that your baby can grab unless you want it to end up in their mouth.

Your baby will be sleeping around 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours by now, including naps, and may sleep for up to 7 hours at night. That’s a relief! Many babies are still finding their sleep patterns, though, so don’t worry if you’re still waking up a few times in the night. Sometimes babies roll over in the night and wake themselves up, but they often cry themselves back to sleep.

The other exciting development this month is that your baby will start making noises. Although they may sound like nothing more than gobbledy gook to you, these are actually the precursors of speech, so encourage your baby to babble away as much as they like.

Tips for you this month:
Life as a parent is pretty different to the life you and your partner knew before you had a baby. Having time alone together is essential for both of you. Now that your baby is a little older, find a babysitter you can trust so that you can spend an evening together, and don’t feel guilty when you do.

If you miss socialising with your friends, then start spending some more time with them. Don’t be offended if they get impatient with you talking about motherhood all the time – unless they have children of their own they probably don’t understand how all-consuming it can be. If you want to have a good chat about being a Mom, it’s a good idea to join a parenting group or meet up with a few Moms in your area.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Make sure your baby has lots of time sitting upright in their chair to further develop their muscles.
  • Has your baby got a passport or ID yet? A must-have if you are thinking of going on a family holiday any time soon.
  • Give your baby a massage with some baby-friendly oils.
  • Then give yourself a foot massage – you deserve it!
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
It’s important that both you and your partner have one-on-one time with your baby. Try to share some of the responsibilities so that your partner feels just as invested in your baby’s day-to-day life as you do.

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Dr Claudia Gray, Paediatrician. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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