Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 5 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Brings feet to mouth and sucks on toes
  • Moves by either rocking, rolling or pivoting around in a circle on his stomach
  • Sits supported for long periods (30 minutes) with a firm back
  • When held in standing position, stamps feet and jumps up and down, bearing almost all weight on legs shoulders
  • Rolls from stomach to back; on tummy, pushes on hands and draws up knees

Emerging Skills

  • Rolls over from back to stomach
  • Starts to learn to sit unsupported leaning on arms in front of him

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