Your Baby at 5 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at five months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at her own pace.

Body Movement

  • Can lift chest higher off floor by pushing up on hands.
  • May creep or "commando" -- crawl a few feet when on tummy.
  • Enjoys changing body position and moving.
  • Leans head forward to grab toes when lying on back.
  • Can hold his entire weight on his legs when supported in a standing position.
  • Helps pull himself to a sitting position by lifting head and flexing elbows. Enjoys sitting propped with pillows. (Note: It's not safe to leave baby alone in this position.)
  • Is too active to stay in infant seat. Babyproof the house now!

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Reaches with her eyes first, then her vision guides her hands to precisely grasp an object.
  • Turns and shakes the object.
  • Begins one-handed reaching for toys; may transfer objects hand to hand, then put in mouth.
  • Hand begins to adjust to shape of object when reaching.
  • Enjoys grabbing another person's hair, glasses or necklace and enjoys grabbing her own feet to suck on her toes.
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