Every 5-month-old is different, and every 5-month-old’s motor skills probably have some unique quirks to go right along with those personality differences, but there are a few general guidelines for what your 5-month-old is probably ready to start doing in terms of motor skills. If your little one isn’t doing these things yet, they probably isn’t far from it. If they are already a pro at them, they are speeding ahead of the class.
What their motor skills might look like
The fact that Baby is able to roll onto their tummy on their own is good proof of their growing body control, though. As long as their sleeping space is still safely set up – without blankets, pillows, sheets, loose bedding, or soft toys, just a tightly-fitted sheet on a firm mattress – and they are put to bed on their back, they shouldn’t be at a heightened risk. In any case, around this time, the risk of SIDS, which back-sleeping is meant to decrease, drops significantly.
These developments in gross motor skills are strong signs that Baby is getting closer and closer to being independently mobile, and their curiosity is growing with them, so be on the lookout – it might not be too long before Baby decides to go exploring!
What to do about it
When it comes to Baby’s gross motor skills, as they get closer and closer to independent mobility, the most important thing you can do to help them out is to make sure your home is safely baby-proofed enough that, when they does start moving around on their own, they can’t get into anything they really shouldn’t.
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