5 Month Old Baby Development: Teething
Your baby is probably sitting upright for short periods before falling over like a frat boy after a bar crawl. Surround him with pillows to cushion his falls (and to give yourself a place to rest as you watch him tackle his latest crowning achievement).
What You're Thinking: "'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall' ... So cute!"
- Your baby may start teething any day now. Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months.
- If your baby is able to hold his head up on his belly now, you can use him as a barbell and get in some postpartum exercises. Bench presses and squats are much more tolerable with an audience who smiles with you (and doesn't judge you like those snarky gym chicks).
- By now, you may have figured out that you aren't baby's 24-hour, in-home entertainment center. But in case you haven't, please know that it's totally cool to let baby learn to entertain himself. Keep him nearby, but don't hesitate to offer him some stimulating objects or let him hang out in an Exersaucer and let him figure out that he's every bit as fascinating as Mom and Dad.
- Your friend had a baby and you knew better than to give pajamas with three dozen miniature buttons down the back as a gift.
- You actually read an article in a parenting magazine (versus skimming the mag for new products).
- You didn't flinch when your partner told you he was meeting friends for drinks after work ... you're planning on doing the same thing tomorrow anyway!
- You figured out how to open the toilet-seat lock you installed. (Your poor mother wasn't so lucky ...)
- You distracted your baby long enough to make it through a 20-minute supermarket line (thank you cell phone, wallet and keys!).
Say goodbye to those gorgeous gums. All that drooling and chewing and crankiness are sure signs that your toothless wonder is about to cut some teeth. We've got tips on baby teething and caring for those beautiful baby teeth. (Tip #1: The next time he bites you, it's gonna hurt.) Read more ...
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Work out your pecs with this simple exercise. It may not give you the boob lift you're looking for, but here's hoping!
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.