Your baby's fifth month: Week-by-week developmental updates

Your baby’s 18th week

Your little one has come a long way in four short months. He is now able to hold his head steady when he’s in an upright position.

While he is not yet able to sit unassisted, he will love the view offered by being perched in a high chair if he’s firmly supported by pillows or rolled towels and receiving blankets. Your lap will be another wonderful place to sit and view the world’s happenings. He will continue to enjoy standing with your support.

During playtime you may witness your little one taking an interest in his feet, as well as his hands. Games like “This little piggy went to market” will amuse you both.

Your baby’s 19th week

Your little one has learned which cries and sounds will grab your attention and will display her skills often. You may soon be able to tell what she needs by the tone of her cry.

Expect her to display her physical talents as well. She’s developed strong leg muscles and will discover that she can use them to push herself around. Now diaper changes may become a challenge as she tries to scoot away either in protest or just to move about.

She’s also mastered the art of rolling over. Chances are she’ll begin by rolling from her tummy to her back. This position allows her to push with her hands as she tries to flip. As before, never leave her unattended. She’s likely to be very resourceful and use this as a means to move around the area. Be particularly cautious of her ability to move around and potentially fall off her changing table or other furniture.

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