By her fifth month, your baby has already passed several outfits. She is growing and getting stronger every day, and she will constantly want to test her limits to see what her body can do. You can help him learn his own strength by giving him plenty of opportunities to play and move.
If you lay her on her stomach, she will use her arms to turn around like a top. She will also stretch out her outstretched arms and swing onto her stomach, an “airplane” pose that looks great in the photos. After having fun on the plane, she can try using her arms to lift her chest off the ground. These baby push-ups are great exercise. She is building the muscles that will make her crawl around the house before you know it.
Since doctors recommend that infants lie on their backs for the first few months to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it is very important to give the baby some tummy time at this point to help. build muscle and prepare for a front crawl. Babies who spend a lot of time on their backs can sometimes need encouragement to feel comfortable exploring the world from the opposite perspective.
Exploration is still a few months away, but it may already be on the move. While lying on her stomach, she may be able to wiggle forward, especially if there is a toy in front of her to motivate herself. You can help him move by resting your hands on the soles of his feet. She will instinctively push and rush forward.
When you put her on her back, she will start to squirm and kick. You can add to the fun by grabbing her feet and helping her pedal through the air. She’s probably already mastered the skill of turning from her stomach to her back, but going in the opposite direction takes some extra work. While she’s lying on her back, try giving her a little nudge to help her roll over. She’ll probably scream like she’s on a merry-go-round.
Learning to sit
If you place her on her butt, she should be able to stand up with her arms. She may not be able to play with her toys from this position, but she will still enjoy the view. After months of being glued to the floor, sitting must be an exciting feeling. Even though she appears to be a confident babysitter, she is forced to rock every now and then. Put pillows around her to soften her landing. A little padding will also be useful at mealtimes. She should be able to sit in her high chair if she has a pillow to support it.
His coordination also improves. For the first time, she can reach out and grab things with one hand. However, she still doesn’t seem overly aware of her thumb, so she will trap things between her fingers and palm. She should give both arms a good workout. If she reaches the same arm each time, tell her doctor.
The technique may be crude, but it will manage to pick up all kinds of items. She will study a toy or measuring cup as if it were a fascinating scientific specimen. And then she will try to suck him off. For obvious reasons, anything within his reach should be safe, clean, and too big to fit completely in his mouth. Anything less than 1 inch in any dimension could be a choking hazard.
You can stimulate both his curiosity and his coordination by providing a wide variety of safe and interesting toys. She learns that rattles, soft balls, wooden blocks, stuffed animals, and plastic cups all have different textures and, yes, tastes. Equally important, she learns that she has some control over her world, including her body.
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