5 Months: Feet to Mouth

Your 5-month-old just learned to lift his feet from the ground and grab them with his hands.  What’s next?  Putting the toes into the mouth, of course!

This is such a sweet phase of development.  Here is a quick review of the amazing things that are happening as your baby pulls her toes to her mouth.

  • Activated abdominal muscles!  You can see activity in the lower abdominals from the wrinkles on this baby’s tummy.  Additionally,  the baby’s pelvis is up off the ground.
  • Developing and strengthening downward visual gaze/capitol flexion.
  • Developing and strengthening balance of postural flexors and extensors, now in advancing to a diagonal motion.
  • Grasping and pulling feet with either one or both hands.
  • Activating quadriceps muscles as the leg straightens.
  • Stretching out hamstrings from the physiological flexion present at birth.
  • Stretching the toes into extension.
  • Foot desensitization (with the heel pounding that happens when the feet hit the floor again).
  • Tactile input from mouthing, grabbing, stretching; preparing the feet for walking.
  • Developing general body awareness.

When a baby discovers this position, they are becoming experts at rolling to their side.

 

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