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5 to 6 months old

Katie de Klee
How your baby will grow and develop, some great tips and what to expect from the month ahead.

In this article we will look at:

  • What's happening now
  • How your baby is developing
  • Tips for you this month
  • This month's To Do list
  • If you have 5 minutes...
  • Mom's top tips


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What’s happening now:
  • Your baby is really starting to talk.
  • Crawling is just around the corner.
  • Your baby can sit upright for longer.
  • A good sleep routine is in place.
  • Time to baby-proof your home.
How your baby is developing:
Your baby is trying to communicate with you and may be making noises that sound like “ma-ma” or “da-da” – exciting times! Encourage your baby’s efforts even though they will probably not know what the sounds mean yet. This month, you’ll notice your baby getting better at sitting upright for longer periods of time. Playtime on their tummy is still important as it builds up muscles in the neck and torso. You may see that when your baby is on their tummy, they start to rock their legs or squirm. This is in preparation for their first attempt at crawling, or shuffling forwards.

Your baby’s grip is getting stronger too and they can pull toys towards themselves. They should now be able to aim for and grab an object held above them. Soon they will be able to hold their own bottle. When your baby hears a noise they will look to see where the noise came from, and they may now recognise their own name.
Tips for you this month:
If you’re looking for a new way to spend time with your baby, try playing music for them. They will enjoy the sounds and you can pick them up and dance gently with them – good preparation for future years on the dancefloor! Your baby will be getting more and more mobile, so make sure you have started to baby-proof your home in preparation for the ‘mobile’ stage.

At this stage, you are hopefully getting your evenings back and not feeling so tired all the time. It’s a good idea to have a night-time routine to help your baby nod off. Take your baby to bed while they are drowsy, not yet asleep, so that they learn to fall asleep in the cot. If you have a mobile hanging over the cot, now might be a good time to raise it higher. Once your baby can push themselves up from lying they may reach out to grab the parts. 
This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy some baby gates to put across the stairs.
  • Take your baby swimming with you, in a heated pool if necessary.
  • Buy a good high chair. 
If you have 5 minutes...
Mom’s top tip.
You can encourage your baby to play on their tummy for longer if you put a toy with a plastic mirror in front of them. Keep it within arms reach so your baby can look forward and touch it.

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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