The First Six Months: Big Changes - Month Five
This article covers the following topics: The Fifth Month: Big Reaches, Reach Out and touch Someone--With One Hand, Maintain Voice Contact, Favorite Five-Month Activities, Playing airplane, Pushing off, Pushing up, Playing with the feet, Pulling to sit and stand, First Sitting, Rolling over, Standing better, Playing with a Five-month-old, Grab and pull, Block play, Toy Tips for the Five-Month-Old, Table fun, Cushion play, There will be one more part to this article, be sure to keep an eye out for it.
Reaching one-handed is an exciting developmental accomplishment at this stage. To appreciate the serial development of baby's ability to reach, let's review the sequence of reaching from birth to five months. Even in the first couple of months a finger may momentarily flit or dart out in the direction of the object of interest. This subtle, almost imperceptible gesture is the beginning of reaching.
Around three months of age baby discovers that her hands are easily reachable objects, and, even more amazing, they are a part of herself. Baby begins pointing, swiping, an batting at close objects. Her misses usually outnumber the direct hits. There is very little directionality in the early swiping movements. From three to four months the beginning of midline play (using the hands in front of the body) is another important milestone in the development of reaching. Once hand serves as a target for the other. The development of binocular vision enables baby to begin gathering-in motions in the fourth month, and baby develops some direction to his reaching.
Reach Out and Touch Someone -- With One Hand
Around the fifth month, the two-handed embracing type of reaching progresses into an accurate one-handed reach. In baby's first touch-grasp motions, she uses her whole hand in a mitten like grasp to trap the object between all of her fingers and the palm of her hand. Also around the fifth month, baby reaches out with one hand for objects that are nearly an arm's length away. Watch your baby grasp the intended toy precisely in her hand, examine it, and then transfer it to the other hand or to her mouth.
Maintain Voice Contact
Baby's developing ability to associate the voice with the person adds a new dimension to keeping in touch with your baby. Use this ability of voice recognition and localization to calm your baby. When your baby is fussing in the other room, call out, "Mama's coming." Baby will often quiet down and will be waving his arms and kicking his legs in anticipation when you enter the room.
Not until around a year of age can you expect baby to keep an image of you in his mind when he can't see you. Voice contact ("Mama's here") will help lessen baby's worry, but expect baby to fuss during your disappearing acts for many months.
Favorite Five-Month Activities
Playing with the feet.
Pulling too sit and stand.
Playing with a Five-month-old
Here are some good ways for you and baby to enjoy his expanding skills.
Grab and pull.
* small enough (one-and-a-half-inch/four centimeter sides) to be easily picked up with one hand.
Set your baby in a high chair, propping him up with pillows until he's old enough to sit steadily in the chair unsupported. Place the starter blocks on the tray or table in front of baby and observe the amazing play skills of the five-month-old. Watch your baby grab a block in a mitten like grasp, fondle it, study it, transfer it from hand to hand or from hand to lips. Soon he will learn to bank the blocks, drop them, and stack them. Watch your baby turn the block over and over from hand to hand.
Start with one block and let your baby get used to it. Then place a second block before him and notice how he holds one block with one hand and grabs the second block with the other. Now he looks at both hands full of blocks and wonders what to do. Probably he'll start banging them together. Within a month or two he will learn to put one block down to grab another. Manipulating blocks is a valuable play and learning exercise for baby. He has complete control of this toy, and it helps encourage thumb-and-forefinger grasping that will develop over the next few months.
* squeeze toys and squeak toys
Safety Tip: Toys such as blocks and balls should have a diameter of at least one and one-half inches (four centimeters) so that baby can't swallow them.
Cylindrical shapes (called bolsters), seven to ten inches (eighteen to twenty-five centimeters) in diameter and approximately two feet (sixty centimeters) long, make practical rolling cushions for baby to practice trunk, head, and reaching exercises. For example, you can hold baby by the feet and play wheelbarrow or drape your baby over the cylindrical cushion and notice how he enjoys the mobility that these floor cushions allow. He may push himself forward by digging his toes into the carpet and learning to rock himself band and forth on the cushion using his own foot power.
Wedge-shaped cushions can support baby's chest, allowing him to dangle his head over the edge of the wedge and play with toys within his grasp. Use a wedge three to four inches (eight to ten centimeters) high for this age.
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