Baby Brain Development - 5 to 8 months old

When your baby reaches five months of age, you will discover that you have a little buddy, ready to go anywhere with you and share all your experiences together! I really loved my baby being this age, because, as a first time mom, I enjoyed everything, since it came unexpected. This is the time when babies actively discover the world around them, learning how to crawl, and even walk. They enjoy exploring different textures, like the materials your furniture has been made of, the way it feels when they touch it, scratch it or hit it. They will explore water, and begin to eat solid food. Every new bite will be an adventure to them! This is why this age is best to begin with the following activities:

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Taking your baby with you
Although for some parents, going outside with a baby can be quite a challenge because the baby gets fussy, the fact is that the more you go out, the easier it will become. Take your baby shopping with you, visit friends and family, or even sign both of you up for a mum-and-baby yoga class or something similar. New stimulations will help your baby grow better. Just be careful not to do too much in a short period of time (like starting up new activities everyday), as your baby also needs time to process the new things he/she has learnt.

Going to baby sensory classes
As mentioned above, there are plenty of classes aimed at babies that help their brain development. Baby sensory classes are a type of class where your baby has the chance to explore different sensations, like textures, in an environment that is safe and where you can feel free to let things get messy in a way you maybe wouldn’t at home, like letting him/her play with liquids or such. Baby sensory classes are truly an excellent way to spend quality time together, as highlighted by Huffington Post.  

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Going swimming
There are a lot of sports centres that offer classes to help both babies and their parents. Babies won’t actually learn to swim at such a young age, of course, but they will get used to being in water and moving around with you in it will help develop their motor skills, as well as entertain their brain. Just be careful and don’t take your baby swimming if he/she has a cold or the weather is really bad outside. As with anything new, after you’ve taken your baby to a class, wait a few days to go again just to monitor the way he/she is responding to it. Luckily, in case of an emergency visit to the doctor, Jinga Life stores all your medical records in one place, which is why it is good to also have this application at hand during those times of new discoveries.

Get messy
No matter how clean or new your home was before you had a baby, you will have to come to terms that there will be a long period of time where you will just have to let your baby run free around it. Don’t be afraid to get messy. Experiment with new foods with your baby, let them play with different textures, give him/her a pen and a paper and see how amazed he/she will be when they discover the pen leaves a mark! All those new discoveries help your baby’s brain development, so go ahead and get creative with things you have around the house.

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Play peek-a-boo
The game of peek-a-boo may seem as old as time, but there is a reason why it is so loved by babies. This is how they discover that even if they can’t see something, it doesn’t mean that it’s gone. This means that even if you leave the room and they can’t see you, it doesn’t mean you’ve gone far, and they can relax easier as they begin to understand.

Choosing smart toys
At this age, your baby will begin to play with toys. Actually, everything he/she touches will become a toy, and he/she will want to touch everything. That’s why, instead of purchasing expensive, loud, battery-consuming toys, it is better to focus on buying the ones that are either interesting because of their tactile characteristics, or so-called smart toys that help brain development because they are created for problem solving (the famous put-a-shape-into-the-right-opening toy), or building blocks that show cause and effect. You can find a great list of toys to choose from in an article by The Independent.