In terms of motor skills, your 5-week old baby should now be able to carry the weight of their head while they are lying facedown on their stomach. It means they are getting stronger by the day, fueled by their growing curiosity as they react to their senses.
If you are holding them on to your chest, they may try to crane their head back towards you, staring at and examining your face carefully. But while they may show amazing progress in terms of strength, know that it may not be enough to fully support their own heads for a long time. It is important to keep supporting their necks during this period.
Along with being able to hold their own heads for a bit, they are now also able use their hands to grip things. This is particularly satisfying to parents, as their 5-week old baby can now grip their fingers when placed in their hands. This is also the perfect time to introduce them to various baby toys, as they can now clutch them on their own.
At 5 weeks, your baby’s vision has now improved drastically, so they are more likely to focus on things that capture their curiosity. A hanging mobile in their crib can keep them locked on for hours. They will also stare at your face for longer periods, so this is the start of them getting familiar or comfortable with the people close to them at all times. With their vision improved, you will notice that they can now follow your movement from side to side, as you move about in their room.
Around this time, you’ll notice that they are “gurgling” a lot and moving their mouths as if trying to speak. This is their first attempt at making a conversation, mimicking words with their gurgles and mouth movements. Still, the most effective way for them to convey and get what they want is through their actions. You will notice your baby wiggling more when you get closer, and of course, crying for your attention when you are not around.