five

by lani

your 5 month old’s development

your baby may now be able to recognize his own name and understand that you’re speaking to him when you say it. you may notice that your little one turns his head when you call him or talk about him with others.

once he understands that letting go of something is as much fun as picking it up, your baby’s world will become more interesting — and yours a good deal messier. tiring as it sounds, you’d better get used to it. In a few weeks, this will be accompanied by your baby’s fits of giggles.

when your baby starts fussing at the supermarket, you may be able to distract him — not for enough time to knock everything off your shopping list, but a few minutes goes a long way these days. try engaging him with funny faces or a round of “the itsy-bitsy spider.”

your baby also shows a strong attachment to you by raising his arms when he wants to be picked up and by crying when you leave the room. he may also give you hugs and kisses.

and he’s beginning to get the joke — he’ll laugh at funny expressions and try to make you laugh, too. keep the laughter flowing with your silly faces!

(sources: here, here, and here.)

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