Weight: Height: Head Circumference:
Sleep: At five months all babies should be sleeping through the night, in a crib, and in a room separate from the parents.
Feeding: If your baby has successfully taken cereals, strained or pureed fruits and vegetables are the next foods to introduce. Remember that a general rule to keep in mind when feeding solids is to introduce only one new food at a time, every four days. Your baby’s appetite will be the best guide to determine the amount you give; when he slows down, it is time to stop. For more detailed instructions please go to the Nutrition section of Online Education on our website. All breastfed infants and all infants taking less than 32 ounces of formula should begin taking a Vitamin D supplement (Trivisol).
A typical schedule may be as follows:
6:00 AM Bottle or Nursing
10:00 AMCereal + Fruit (2 tbsp each)
Bottle or Nursing
2:00 PMBottle or Nursing
6:00 PMCereal + Fruit or Veg (2 tbsp each)
Bottle or Nursing
8-10:00 PMBottle or Nursing
Development: At five months you will probably see your child reaching and playing with his hands. Many infants are beginning to vocalize, laugh and giggle. They enjoy a lot of attention. You will see your baby starting to roll at this age. Some babies may show signs of teething. If your child is uncomfortable you may try messaging the gums, using a teething ring, and avoiding salty and spicy foods. For severe discomfort Tylenol may be given.
· Avoid choking and suffocation by keeping cords, ropes, and strings away from the crib. Pillows, blankets, wedges, positioning devices, and bumper pads are no longer recommended. Keep all small and hard objects out of reach. Use only jarred foods at this age.
· Prevent fires, burns and scalding injuries. Cover all outlets. Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot while near or holding the baby. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees (F). Install smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.
· Car Safety: Use an approved infant safety seat, rear facing and never in the front.
(Parents should always wear their seat belts.)
· Avoid falls by installing safety gates to guard stairways. Lock doors to dangerous areas. Check drawers, furniture and lamps to make sure they cannot fall over. Never step away when the baby is on a high surface.
· Do not put your baby in a walker.
PHA Standard Immunizations: none, catch-up only
Tylenol Dose: Next Visit: 6 months, 8 months, 10 months