In the previous article, we discuss concerns you may have when you have a 5-month-old baby. You may be worried about his/her weight if they are losing it or you may not be sure when to start baby food.
In this article, we will discuss more concerns you may have.
Why is my 5 month old crying all night?
It is around the age of two months that the body clock starts to establish a rhythm, and the baby begins to distinguish between day and night. Three months after that, the baby’s body clock is considered to be almost completely set.
Moreover, babies around 5 months of age use their entire body for various activities, which greatly consumes their physical energy, and more and more of them become tired and sleep soundly at night. Many mothers and fathers may feel that “childcare has become a little easier,” as they are freed from the daily lack of sleep.
It is at this time that “night crying” begins to appear. During the night, the baby suddenly starts crying loudly and does not stop crying for hours, no matter how much you feed him/her, soothe him/her, or hold him/her in your arms. Some mothers and fathers may feel physically and mentally overwhelmed.
However, the frequency and severity of nighttime crying varies from baby to baby, and some babies do not cry at all. It is not known exactly why babies cry at night, but it is thought to be part of the process of getting a good night’s sleep. In other words, crying at night is an important part of the growth process for babies.
However, it is hard to be troubled by crying at night every night. What can be done to prevent crying at night? The most common is to sleep with the baby. Not only does this give the baby a sense of security, but it also has the advantage of not requiring the baby to get up when you soothe him or her.
It is also effective to adjust the baby’s daily rhythm by giving him or her exercise during the daytime and avoiding late naps, so that he or she can fall asleep naturally at night.
What activities can I do with my 5-month-old?
Around the age of 5 months, your baby’s eyesight is developing and he/she will be able to see things in the distance more clearly. They will be more interested in various objects than ever before.
They are also very active, making full use of the rolling over and slipping on their backs, which they have mastered. Through play, they will develop muscle strength as they move from turning over to sitting up, to crawling, and on to the next step.
Here are some suitable play activities to further increase your baby’s curiosity and muscle strength.
Playing with mirrors
Around 5 months of age, babies are able to recognize “people”. They may be surprised when you show them a mirror at first, but they will gradually recognize “themselves.”
It is also believed that seeing various facial expressions through the mirror will help them learn that “people have hearts”. Recently, there are safe plastic mirrors that can be attached to play gyms and strollers.
Playing with your child on your lap
Once the baby’s head is firmly seated and the muscles in the back and hips are strong enough, he or she can practice sitting up. Sit baby on your lap facing you and rock him or her from side to side or lift him or her up a little.
It is a good idea to look your baby in the eye and talk to them as you put them in different positions. This will help to strengthen the muscles in the lower back and the sense of balance. It is also a good way to communicate with you using your body, voice, and eyes, which is also suitable for emotional development.
Five months have passed since the birth of your baby, and you are probably getting used to life with a child and taking the presence of a baby for granted. However, babies are growing day by day.
Especially around the age of 5 months, it is time to start preparing baby food and take a new step forward. This means that new challenges await moms and dads as well. Let’s respect the baby’s pace as much as possible and overcome these challenges through trial and error for both parent and child.