On average, babies double their birth weight at 4 to 5 months old, because they usually gain 1-1 ¼-lbs every month. They may also grow ½-inch in head size each month.
However, babies can grow at different rates because of genetics, premature birth, and other factors. The average height for a 5-month baby, however, is 25.20-25.98-inches tall.
Some babies may have hit the following milestones last month, but some babies may hit certain milestones in their fifth month. Here are some things that you may see in their fifth month of life.
By now, your baby has gained tons of new motor skills. They may start rolling over and reaching out for a rattle and hold it.
They may be able to sit up with support as well. You may even notice your baby pushing up to get into a sitting position. For many, they can now hold up their chest and head by themselves. These are all some of the many exciting 5-month-old baby development milestones.
You may feel that your baby is now watching your every move. They are more focused on watching objects and people as they move around.
Your baby is able to see more color at 5 months and has started developing a sense of depth perception.
As for hearing, your baby may start paying more attention to music. They also notice when a toy makes a sound.
Your baby may be full of laughs and giggles at this point. They can recognize faces, including their own reflection.
Communication and Language Skills
Your baby may love to babble when they are 5 months old. There is a good chance that their babbles may even start to sound like real words! While they may not say “dada” or “mama” quite yet, this is a sign that they are getting there.
Your baby may also try to make sense of any sound that they hear. For instance, they may know that your dog is the one barking. They may also understand the word “no” and respond to their name.
Social and Emotional Development
You may notice that your baby loves to express emotions at 5 months old. They may start smiling and laughing. However, this may also mean that they will express themselves when they are upset by crying, frowning, grunting, etc.