5-Month-Old Baby

Feeling a bit like a coach? You’ve been giving baby tons of encouragement over the past month -- as he’s (probably!) trying to sit up by himself. Give him the space to try on his own, but stay within arm’s reach, just in case he starts to topple. You’re probably also inspiring his language by having conversations around the house. The ultimate reward for all your efforts will be when you (will soon) hear those wonderful words: "mama" and "dada."

your baby is 5 months old!
  • He still sleeps around 15 hours a day, including about 6 to 8 hours at night (with waking in between!) and 2 or 3 naps during the day.
  • He breastfeeds or bottle-feeds every 3 to 5 hours and may have started on solids.
  • He most likely weighs an extra 1 to 1.25 pounds since last month!
  • He's probably fascinated by his hands and may have started bringing both of them together. (Patty-cake time!)
  • He's likely reaching with both hands, grasping things and holding them using all his fingers.
  • Hide an object and then reveal it, so baby will start to learn that things still exist when he can't see them.

  • Medical information was reviewed by Preeti Parikh, MD, pediatrician at Pediatrics of New York, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Director of Programming at HealthiNation.com.


    Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.