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At some point during month 5 of your baby's life, he may begin sleeping through the night without feeding. At this age, hunger should generally not wake your baby. If your baby wakes for other reasons, it is important that your baby learns how to put himself to sleep. By 22 weeks old, your baby may have also had diaper rash. Some tips for avoiding diaper rash include changing diapers frequently and airing out the area as much as possible.

You and Your Baby at 22 Weeks

Strength and coordination are becoming more and more noticeable each week. This might be a good week to let your little one start hopping around in one of those jumpy toys.
These toys can help strengthen their legs. And with growing strength and coordination, it could be some of the most fun a 5-month-old infant can have on their own.
There are many different versions of this fun apparatus, some that hang from door frames and some that stand on their own -- all offer virtually endless fun.

Major Developments for a 5-Month-Old Baby

At some point between 4 months and 6 months, most babies are able to sleep through the night without feeding in the middle of the night. Whether your baby will stay asleep for the whole night is another issue entirely. For most, however, hunger should not wake them during the night.
If you are not one of those lucky parents who get to sleep for a greater part of the night, don't worry, your time is coming. As long as you are continuing to put your baby down to sleep when they are visibly drowsy but still awake, they are learning to put themselves to sleep and things will get easier in time.
Being able to put themselves to sleep is very important for when they wake up in the middle of the night. Rather than you rocking them back to sleep, they can turn over and fall back to sleep on their own.
(If your little one is still having trouble going to sleep, read Sleeping Baby.)
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