Month 5, Week 3
At every visit, your pediatrician measures your baby's length, weight, and head circumference and records them on growth charts as points plotted on a curve. This compares your baby's growth to that of other boy or girl babies the same age.
You should know:
- The percentile numbers on growth charts aren't like test scores. Your baby can't fail. It's just how he compares to other babies his age right now.
- Healthy babies grow steadily. If your baby's weight drops down sharply, your pediatrician may want to watch him more closely.
Your Baby's Development This Week
- His eyes work together well enough to follow a moving object, such as a toy truck rolling across the room.
- His ability to see a wide range of colors has blossomed. He also likes shapes and complex patterns.
- Babies love looking at anything new. So take frequent walks or visit stores for a change of scenery.
- Mirrors fascinate babies because the image in the glass constantly changes. And it's fun to watch your little one realize that he's the baby in the mirror.
Month 5, Week 3 Tips
- Don't assume that your baby's size predicts his adult height or weight. His growth chart percentiles are just about his current ranking.
- Never leave your baby alone on a couch, bed, or changing table. He could roll or wriggle to the edge and fall.
- Set your home water heater so the hot water is no more than 120 degrees F, to prevent burns.
- To watch for adverse reactions (vomiting, diarrhea, rashes) when starting solid foods, wait 2 or 3 days before offering a new food.
- Manage your stress: Take brief breaks to relax. A happier you is good for your baby.
- If you have a partner, share the baby bonding time. That includes baths, diaper changes, bedtime, and playtime.
- You have so much to do, but time flies. Make it a point to enjoy your baby today.