Five month old babies are (generally) fun babies. They can hold their heads up by now and can respond to you with laughs, squeals and gurgles. This means that you will spend approximately 99% of your time trying to get your baby to laugh, squeal and gurgle. And who can blame you?
• Your baby’s grip is strong and he’s starting to switch things from hand to hand, making this a good time to introduce a sippy cup. Like everything else new, the sippy cup has a big learning curve — in other words, mess — to it. So the best place to practice holding and drinking? The bathtub. Just fill a cup with water, hand it over and let the games begin.
• If you’re one of the lucky ones, your baby may actually be sleeping through the night by now. If not, now is a good time to establish a bedtime routine, also known as pure hell for you and baby. There are a million sleep methods and you’ll need to find the one you’re most comfortable with, but a good place to start is putting your baby into the crib drowsy, rather than fully asleep. Self-soothing is the first step to an independently sleeping baby and sane mommy.
• Your baby is likely starting to sit on his own. He probably still needs some help with a pillow or Boppy, but those days are numbered.
Scary Mommy Tip: Soon, you’ll start to hear that beautiful sound that every new mother longs to hear: “Mama”. It’ll be like music to your poor sleep deprived ears and, just like those first smiles, will make the frustrating moments a little less frustrating. You may be devastated should your baby choose another word — say, Dada — to utter first, but look at the silver lining: If baby is calling for someone in particular, that’s the person who’ll have to report to the nursery at one, two, three, four or five in the morning. So, maybe some gentle nudging toward that word instead wouldn’t be the dumbest thing in the world.