Written by Sindhuja Prabhu
Your 5 month old baby is more mobile now, learning to do many things with their body. They are testing their limits, understanding how their toys work, and getting better control over their muscles. At this stage, their motor skills start developing at a very good pace. This is when you need to pick a few top activities for a 5 month old baby.
When your baby shows interest in certain toys and ignores others, it can be very tempting to buy more of what they like. It may seem simple to just let them do what they are comfortable doing. Unless you show your baby what their bodies are capable of doing, they may not realize the possibilities. Activities can be a fun way to introduce your baby to many things and experiences.
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At 5 months, most babies can comfortably roll over from their stomachs to their backs. Some babies can roll from their backs onto their stomachs too. They can hold, throw and shake rattles and other small objects that can fit into their tiny hands. Some babies can sit up for a few seconds with enough support.
They can see further away and focus on your face or other objects away from them. Their eyes can start tracking movement too up to an extent. They may not turn their heads and track movement but will keenly watch when something is moving in their line of sight.
In terms of cognitive development, most babies can identify their mother or father’s voice and face. They can reciprocate with a wide smile when they see what they like. Similarly, they can show disapproval by crying.
At this stage, doing physical activities with your baby can grab their interest and help their motor skills improve. Your baby will be keen to understand and explore toys and other objects. They will spend time exploring their own hands, fingers, or hair too.
Here are some interesting activities that are sure to engage and teach your baby
Babies love sounds. Different sounds can improve their hearing and keep them from crying for a while.
Here are a few benefits of sound sources for babies
|Sound is a sensory input for the ears. As you expose your baby to various sounds, their ability to hear improves. It teaches them to redirect their attention and focus on the sound, to identify the source.
|Your baby will try to understand what the sound is, where it is coming from and what it is exactly. It requires immense focus and babies will learn to ignore everything else when they focus on something.
|The first instinct when you hear a sound is to look in that direction. Babies will look in the direction of the sound and try to identify the source, which can improve their vision to a good extent.
[Read : Baby Hearing Development After Birth]
Who doesn’t love a good story? Babies won’t understand much but they will listen intently and slowly understand your expression, signs, and words.
Here are a few benefits of story time for babies
|Hearing words over and over again can help their brain pick the words and learn how to use it. This is very crucial for learning a language. Telling them stories from a young age will help them pick a language early.
|Helps Understand Actions and Words
|A baby cannot understand the meaning of the words yet, but your facial expressions and actions will convey meaning to them and they will start understanding. Their little brain will form an association between words and actions. Babies will slowly start mimicking this, as they grow.
[Read : Importance Of Storytelling For Kids]
Peek-a-boo is one of the favorite games for all babies. The sudden appearance of your face can just delight them.
Yourself and your baby
Here are a few benefits of playing peek-a-boo with babies
|Teaches Object Permanence
|It is very important to learn objects can still be there even if we can’t see them. Playing peek-a-boo with your baby will teach them you have not left the room or disappeared but are in fact right there but just behind a layer that can be moved.
|Teaches to Anticipate
|Every time you hide your face or cover your baby’s face, they will wait for your hands or the barrier to drop. They will anticipate seeing your face and wait for it.
[Read : Object Permanence in Babies]
Laying your baby on their stomach might seem scary at first but your baby will eventually start enjoying the freedom of movement and the view from this angle.
Here are a few benefits of tummy time fun for babies
|Helps Improve Upper Body Strength
|Your baby will try to push up on their arms and look around, thus working the back muscles. The curving of the back will also help strengthen the muscles, which are crucial to movement and stability as they grow.
|Strengthens Neck Muscles
|Babies will try to look up and hold their heads from hitting the ground. This will work the neck muscles and help them hold up their heads without support.
This is one texture some babies will love or hate right away. Eventually, most babies will love playing in the water so much that you will have to drag them away.
Here are a few benefits of water activities
|Touching and feeling the water’s texture and temperature is a new sensorial experience you cannot get with other objects. The sudden splash of water droplets on the face will make your baby flinch or blink rapidly, thus working those muscles and connections to the brain.
|Water tends to offer buoyancy which can displace your baby easily. It requires a better balance and control over the body to prevent slipping or toppling in the water. Making your baby sit in the tub with water will improve their stability and sense of balance.
Your baby is developing both physically and cognitively, at a very good pace. To keep this development ball rolling, you need to focus on activities that can teach and help your baby understand more about themselves and the world around them.
Sindhuja, a mother of two, is an obsessive mom with a keen interest in psychology, especially child psychology. Her quest for knowledge and way with words led her to become a passionate content writer. She transformed her love for writing into a full-fledged career which incidentally also turned up being the perfect stress buster for the last 5 years.Read more.
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