Baby Week 34: This is the stage where babies are in the exploratory phase, and they will try to shake, knock, and throw things. Let them fall on the ground, repeat various movements, until tiredness hits them. They are basically restless and hyperactive right now, so, give your baby an activity center, put something that will appeal to your baby, so that your baby can bang, shake, knock, throw, poke and twist, and do what they want to do.

Milestone:
During week 34, your 8 month old baby may do the following:

  • Pass things between hands, passing a square or something from one hand to the other.
  • Show curiosity and discover new things by shaking, banging, knocking, throwing things and seeing them bouncing over and over again.
  • Leaning on something or someone standing.
  • When you try to take a toy from your baby, he will insist on taking it back.
  • Strive to get a toy that is beyond armreach
  • Learn to play hide and seek
  • Turn over and sit down

How to take care of your 5 month old baby – Week  34

Babies will be fascinated by toys with specific features, such as phones or mobile phones. You can help your baby by holding the phone or device  to the ear and pretending to have a conversation. Over the next few months, your baby will start trying to use something to achieve its intended purpose, such as comb hair, drink water with a glass, and talk to a toy phone or mobile phone.

Health information for your 5 month old baby – Week 34

Here are some things you should know:

Poisoning

Learn and understand what is toxic, identify and mark toxic substances in the home:

  • Check the labels of each chemical product in your home.
  • Lock cosmetics, skincare products, medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, cleaning products, insecticides, and all other household items out of reach.
  • Buy shower caps, medicines, etc. that have child protective features, or are marked as safe for children, and use household products that are least toxic.
  • Keep dangerous items or medicines in the original container to avoid the chance for your baby to mess up drugs or anything.
  • Do not use “candy” as a term of medicine, and do not take medicine in the eyes of your baby, do not let your baby see it to avoid your baby from imitating you.
  • Move home plant bonsai away from your baby’s range of movement.

Toxic substances include any substances that are harmful to health, although swallowing some toxic substances can only cause temporary stomach discomfort, some can seriously damage the lungs or gastrointestinal tract, and some are fatal. In case your baby is poisoned, you can do the following:

In case your baby cannot breathe, start CPR and call 911 for an ambulance.

In case your baby loses consciousness, awakens, extreme drowsiness, burns, severe larynx pain, seizures, call 119 immediately. Some symptoms of poisoning can be delayed, even if they don’t appear immediately, you can call your local poison control center for expert advice.

  • Try to clear anything left in your baby’s mouth and keep them as samples as much as possible.
  • Do not try to get your baby to spit out from the mouth or already swallowed, do not give your baby an enema or use activated carbon, etc., without professional guidance.
  • When you make an emergency call, they may ask you for information such as the name of what your baby swallowed, how much it was swallowed, when it happened, baby’s age and weight, symptoms, as well as your phone number and so on, so get these information ready.
  • If there is some spit out on your baby’s clothes or residual toxic substances, take off your baby’s clothes and rinse your baby’s skin with warm water.If there are signs of burns, keep it under running water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Do not apply oil, lubricant or anything on a burn or burn wound, which only worsen the wound.
  • If your baby encounters toxic substances, please try to rinse your eyes, infuse water from the corner of your eyes, rinse for more than 15 minutes, find ways to make your baby blink.

5 month old baby still don’t know how to crawl – Week 34

Do not compare your baby’s milestone with other babies, some babies learn to crawl at the age of 6 months, especially those who spend a lot of time playing games on the ground. Most babies start crawling after 7, 8 months, or later, and even a small number of babies never try to crawl. However, as long as your baby can demonstrate or do several other important milestones in their development (e.g. sitting, being able to sit independently is a key skill that your baby must master which is more important than learning to crawl), it will be considered well developed.

Babies who choose to bypass the crawling stage are only temporarily limited, and they will learn to stand and move around with the assistance of furniture or adult’s hands, thighs and corners , and finally developed to walk. In fact, many babies who learns to crawl at a later stage can even learn to walk faster.

Although some babies insist on crawling with both hands and feet, others face down and move with a tummy, this is also seen as a prep for crawling.Some babies learn to climb forward, backward or side, some take a single knee position, or move with their ass, and some choose to use both hands and feet, which many will experience before learning to walk upright.

To encourage your baby to climb forward, you can place your baby’s favorite toy or something that he’ll feel interesting in a place not too far ahead. Cold and hard floors or uncomfortable furry rugs can stop your baby from trying to crawl, but you can wrap your baby’s bare knees with clothes and pants.

Reminder for novice parents – 5 month old baby – Week 34

Once your baby shows an interest in active communication at the age of 8 or 9 months, you should start encouraging and teaching your baby how to communicate with gestures.  For example, open arms, waving up and down, rubbing in circles on the stomach, indicating hunger, or fingers gently touch the nose, indicating smell.

  • Give the baby the gestures they will need.The most important indicator of baby’s development and learning will be based on whether your baby can express their daily needs, such as hunger, thirst and fatigue.
  • Gestures should be consistent. By repeating the same gesture over and over, the baby will understand what the gesture represents and quickly imitate it.
  • Speak and gesture simultaneously in parallel. Make sure your baby learns gestures and speaks at the same time.
  • Invite the whole family to join.The more people speaking the same language as your baby, the happier your baby will be. Brothers and sisters, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone who spends a lot of time with their baby should be familiar with the gestures used most often. Many babies develop their own original gestures, so use them together to make more sense for your baby.
  • Do not rush to force your baby to use gestures.Just like singing, and all other forms of communication, gestures should develop naturally at the baby’s own pace.Learning through experience is the best way to learn for your baby than using formal teaching models.In case your baby is not interested or unwilling to use gestures, allow your baby to communicate without gestures.

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