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What are fun activities for a 5 month old?

So I'm going for Nanny an interview in a couple of days for care for a 5 month old. I'm wondering what are some fun activities to do with little ones at this age and what kinds of questions are typically asked by parents of Infants during interviews? Any tips and ideas are greatly appreciated thanks a bunch for sharing!

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Lisa in Flushing, NY
Jan. 1, 2019

First of all, give your baby a regular schedule, eat and sleep on time, if the weather permits, take the baby out to go shopping, sun drying, absorb fresh air, talk to the baby, multi-limb, multi-expression exchange, put music, Sing and sing, let the baby's temperament, so that the baby smiles.

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Activities that I like to do for 5 month old are generally anything sensory related. So finger panting, texture crafts, such as putting items in plastic bags that they can squeeze (such as shaving cream and food coloring), reading, singing, maybe stacking items and letting them knock them over or reach for them. There's a lot of cute activities on pintrest as well! Some questions I have been asked are how do you bond with a child at this age, what are some activities that you would do with the child? Some tips for this age group is to definitely let them explore the environment, they will put everything in their mouth to get a feel of texture so be extra mindful of what is around or little items that may be attached to toys, they will be teething so they may be extra cranky or may give you a hard time with feeding. Also help them build their motor skills, so lots of tummy time, help them exercise their legs, help them pull themselves up e.c.t.

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You need to walk the baby around, take the baby with you to sit at the window to see people outside if you have a weather is not good or visit the playing ground to meet friend, help to play with toys, sing and dance along together to create happiness, provide peace of mind and comfort and give 2naps.

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senses,sound,smell,touch! you can read to them,sing to them,make items out of materials,that make sounds,different touch to their hands like jello,let them explore,its a whole new world for them.

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Peekaboo! :) play with toys that make sounds and light up. Talk to them, sing and smile. Hold them and walk around. Lots of praise and love. Good Luck!

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Abigail B.
Jan. 30, 2019

This age is so precious! When caring for infants it is important to understand what stimulating activities are appropriate. At this age, the baby is developing fine motor skills and their curiosity. Taking toys such as rattles and other light objects and giving incentive for him/her to grasp, shake, and understand it's purpose is well enjoyed. Also exchanging playful face expressions, feeling different materials, introducing different soft sounds, and music are all wonderful ways to interact with your infant. Tummy time and peek-a-boo too! Enter the child's life with sincerity in love and affection and answer each question the parent gives with the same enthusiasm, It's a huge decision for a mother and father and to be an addition to the family is what I would be looking for.

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Thanks everyone for all these wonderful awesome tips! I love all your creative answers gave me all kinds of ideas to do with the 5 month old and yay I got the job!! Keep them coming I appreciate fresh new ways to entertain little ones!

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Fun activities to do with a 5 month old is take them out for a walk, take them to the library and read to them, tummy time, sing to them, take them to the park. Just let them explore on their own.

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A five month old can probably sit up for the most part, and if she can, its good to get them on the floor with a blanket and let them move around and try to reach for toys, and things like that. Babies this age love peek a boo, this little piggy, and sing-songs. Babies this age can't walk, so pick them up often and walk around the house with them. Talk to them alot. And they will grab for anything and everything and give it the taste test, so be careful. But it is good to give them different objects that can stimulate their sensories, like the feel of different kinds of fabric, or the sounds they make when you touch them. Parents will probably want to know your experience with babies, and ask for references.

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Anika in Orlando, FL
Dec. 28, 2018

From experience with infants this age, they love bubbles, toys that are ring shaped, and just items they are able to stack.

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songs, reading, singing!

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5 months old kids don`t need much activity, cause they can`t even walk. You need to feed, change diapers when necessary and check if they are sleeping in a position that allow them to breath properly. But if you want to keep something in case the baby is too shaken or missing his/her parents, you can sing, read a book, or even use some short videos from youtube with songs. They always respond well to songs.

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reading books, puppets, stuffed animal, music toys

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Epeti in Marina, CA
Dec. 28, 2018

I enjoy reading, singing, and creating a puppet show.

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Debora in Hudson, FL
Jan. 1, 2019

blocks and ice cream eating

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Nadia in Dublin, GA
Dec. 19, 2018

There is a five month old at my church, and most of the time, he loves to spin in circles (only short periods of time though) and it absolutely amuses him. He also loves videos with lots of colors and he gets excited when I do things with my hands. I will sign the alphabet to him and he gets very happy.

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They would generally ask you why you like caring for younger children, and how much experience you have with infants. If you do not have much experience, offer other great qualities you have that make you responsible. 5 month olds like to mimic and would love interactive toys/ exploring. Take them on stroller rides and stimulate their brains by talking to them and playing music, clapping etc.

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See tips in the brochures offered here at Care.Com, also question parents for they must have certain entertainment and learning skills they would want you to continue along the same learning curve. Yes I was/am teacher.

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Songs and finger plays. Toys to hold with different textures. Baby books. Music/dancing.

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Zeynep in Denver, CO
Dec. 18, 2018

Floor play, Explore the outside , Music time , Tummy time

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Infants love sensory and sound:) the best way to entertain an infant and some activities to do can be focused on exploring your surroundings, and getting to be touchy/feely with it. Depending on the child and the weather it's always fun to go outside for a walk, or even just a walk around the house seeing how interesting everything is!

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What I've found is that children that young typically enjoy things they can do with their hands. Anything with funny textures, bright colors, things like that.

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Jazmine in Sanford, NC
April 12, 2019

Getting them involved with stuff that they are already use to at home. Any toys that they may have set them out in a huge circle and let the child get involved with the toys by themselves, and see which ones he/she may like the most then you shall follow behind and play with the child as they enjoy the toy of their choosing.

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music class,

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read to the baby, toys, patty cake, head shoulder knees and toes

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For a five month old, everything is fun! Read,read,read to him/her, take them for walks, describing everything you see, sing (they don't care if you have a great voice), play music,give them lots of safe toys to reach for, grab, and chew on,plenty of tummy time (except when they nap),etc. Most parents will ask you to describe what you would do with their child on a typical day, why you chose to be a Nanny, and what you like and dislike about it.

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User in Carson, CA
Jan. 1, 2019

paint in a bag, music with animal sounds or lots of different noises.. They may ask what is your view on discipline? they could ask what is your favorite thing about being a nanny?

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User in Standish, ME
Jan. 1, 2019

Sensory, music

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Kari in Hingham, MA
May 30, 2019

Fresh air is so important! I also think they love music, color, shapes, and sounds:)

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Bubble play image Shutterstock, Track the toy, Story time, Bouncing ball image, find the missing object & etc.

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Anything with music and movements. There are also paint books that just have water and turn the pages colors that are great too! Taking walks outside is always fun to see their reactions and may even cause them to take a nap.

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MUSIC! It's so engaging and tons of tummy time!

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Developmental levels vary with infants and toddlers and each child should be treated as an individual. % month olds should be building gross motor skills like walking and crawling. Having an activity that uses the babies hands or feet is key. I would recommend putting colored paint into a ziplock bag and letting the baby "paint" and explore the feeling of paint through the baggie

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Singing, bubble play, bounce a ball, tummy time, music and movement, hand puppets, peek-a-boo etc. The list is endless and honestly there are tons of activities that get infants to move their bodies, interact with you, and build their curiosity. Parents will ask anything and everything to make sure that you are the perfect fit for their family. Some questions may directly pertain to you, while others are going to focus on their specific child's needs.

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5 month olds, are still learning coordination. I like to be very tactile with them and move their limbs and play with toys that make noise, have different feels, colors, and so on. They will sleep a lot. Babies see things blurry to the age of 3 months. At 5 months they are just now recognizing faces and expressions. Enjoy them...it doesn't last very long!

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sitting on the floor playing w/ colorful blocks. reading story books.play peek a boo. fun things patty cake w/ their hands.

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You need to sing and maybe dance with them in your arms and also he need to fell multiple sensation for example test the water, the fruits, etc.

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Bubbles are always a fun and intriguing activity! as well as sensory activities! i get a lot of inspiration off Pintrest.

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Everything is fun! At 5 months old, the most important objective for "teaching" a child is centered around relationship. Narrate what you're doing around the house. Read books to them. Sing and talk to them about your day/your life. They don't need to be entertained every moment, and can become overstimulated every easily. Just be nearby and responsive.

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Some activities for a 5 month old would be tummy time on a playmate, tummy time with ducks for sensory play, fly away, little piggies, explore the out doors, music time and making a home made photo album of people in the family.

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Emily in Norwalk, CA
May 20, 2019

Get involved with the community! Libraries often offer reading programs for children as young as 4 months. It gives children an opportunity to interact and socialize. Parks are always fun but and depending on the time of year, you may be able to find some baby-friendly events. 5 months is still very young to be outside for extended periods of times so there are plenty of indoor things you can do. Children's museums, aquariums, zoos, movie theaters, and even community colleges have discount days or events that are kid friendly. I once had a summer job watching a 6 month old and suggested starting him in the community college swim program. His parents were so happy that he not only got to splash around but learn valuable skills and at a discounted rate because they were residents. Get on yelp, google or anything to give you more information on all the free and fun things there are to do in your community.

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Some great activities for 5 month old are sensory play. Babies also love music so you can plan something with that, sing to the baby or play some music on tv.

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Lainey in Peoria, AZ
May 19, 2019

For a 5 month old, it's hard. But even just taking them to park or for a walk, letting them see nature and open their mind and grow mentally. The simple things is what matters the most. A question I have gotten asked the most is what I like to do in my free time, What my grades look like, if I have any siblings, etc.

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Lydia in Odessa, FL
May 19, 2019

blowing bubbles..story time..also trips to the park..picking out different shapes and animals

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funny faces, singing, appropriate toys, walks or just hanging out in a backyard or grassy area with blanket and snakes....jk I mean snacks lol

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Five months old is too young for any activity. Their own is to eat, sleep, change diapers and give them showers.

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I have always really loved reading books with them, playing music and dancing, going on walks, and playing with sensory toys with them. They're at such a fun age where they are starting to really grasp toys and sounds and it's important to keep them occupied. I've also really found that keeping them busy when they are awake helps them to sleep better during their naps and also at night!

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For younger children especially, parents are often concerned about your ability to follow their already established schedules for feeding, playtime, and rest time. They will also likely want to know if you will be able to hold this position long-term as frequent changes in caregivers can be stressful and destabilizing for young children. Infants will benefit most from activities that are sensory in nature - soft/textured toys, books with texture, toys that make music or have lights, and so on. If these kinds of toys are not available in the home, you can also craft them very inexpensively. For example, you can fill a large ziplock bag with water, glitter, and marbles, and allow them to observe what happens when it is moved/poked.

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Working with infants, I have learned that they all LOVE music and dancing. This is honestly a great way to get them moving, laughing and learning if you listen to the right music. There are so many nursery songs that they will enjoy listening to and will teach them as they are growing.

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Library classes are always a great option because they are mostly free.

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Feeding, showering, sleep and regular changing of diapers

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5 month olds are incredibly active. They typically enjoy shaped/colored blocks and anything that sings or makes noise. Hope this helps!

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User in Mebane, NC
May 14, 2019

Most kids this age like to explore! Taking them outside has worked the best in my opinion, they like to play on playgrounds or play sports. Some other kids may prefer staying inside and reading or doing activities like that. I would recommend you stay far away from TV or other electronics unless they're used to those kind of activities.

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Blowing bubbles, singing simple songs, and reading a colorful but easy book with lots of pictures. Cuddle and rocking. Playing peak-a-boo. That's about it at that age.

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Motor skills- blocks, noisey toys, hand games

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Sensory! Sensory! Sensory! Bubbles, blocks, books that make sounds, playing with water, toys with buttons to push, etc.

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Amil in Hope, AR
May 13, 2019

Tummy time

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Things like Tummy time and long walks are usually quite entertaining for infants! They are still discovering the world around them for the first time.

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5 month olds LOVE and need sensory play. Playing in Jello is my favorite to do with them! Let them have fun (and it's safe if they happen to eat it!)

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Any games that help stimulate the hands and feet. Textile differences in books or playing with colorful blocks. Singing and helping keep the child's body moving throughout the day.

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Some 5-month-olds might enjoy a dance party (5-month-old version of course) where you hold them and bounce along to some sweet music. In psychological studies, this has been shown to increase a baby's liking of you as they move at the same pace and rhythm as you!

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When it comes to babies that young, it mostly depends on the child and the parents. With babies it is important to stimulate them and help them develop walking a talking skills. Be interactive with them and I am use they have toys to play with as well. I would always ask the parents about the child's routine and current stage of development.

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Singing, reading , playing. you ask if the baby is no food allergy and also you about nap time. meal time

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splashing feet in water., peek a boo, soft toys but not loud toys, motion toys I can reach and are able to grasp, large picture book with textures, soft chew toys, music in toy that can be scooted across floor, toys that blink on and off

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Madelyn in Lowell, AR
April 30, 2019

Pinterest is a really good app that I use to find new things to do. You might find some fun things on there!

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Hi, My name is Lucrecia, my friends call me Mily. I have 18 years of experience and excellent references. I care newborns up to 6 years. I'm dedicated 100% to the care and protection of the child I have never accident this 18 years with the children.

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Monica in Wadsworth, OH
April 29, 2019

Bright colors, singing, lots of smiles, floor time!

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swimming, floor play, walkers, jumpers

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Kristi in Chico, TX
April 26, 2019

Tummy time is always great at that age as well as working on sitting up using a boppy pillow. Peekaboo is also great at that age.

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Beth in Glassboro, NJ
April 26, 2019

When in doubt, Google it. There are tons of ideas on websites of developmentally appropriate activities for every age.

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Kayla in Sandown, NH
April 26, 2019

fun activites for a 5 month old baby is singing to them. rocking them. if there head can sit up than putting them on a baby swing.

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Sarah in Midvale, UT
April 26, 2019

I think at this age it's fun to teach them peek-a-boo. They usually get pretty giggle. Funny sounds and bright colors are good also.

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Lindsey in Conway, AR
April 25, 2019

Simple things like going on a stroll outside or going through a car-wash! things with bright colors. Reading books in fun voices is always a fun time! Anything to make them laugh

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Joan in Ridgewood, NJ
April 25, 2019

5 month old babies love: *place baby on their tummy on the floor with 3-4 toys nearby so they can reach out and grab them. You should also get down on your tummy and hold toys to the baby's left and right side and slightly above to encourage reaching out. *place baby in bouncer or car seat and do the same as above. Also, hold toys in front and move toys left to right as baby tracks toys *place baby on their back on floor and hold toys slightly above and to their right and left as they grab them. Also, slowly and gently roll them back and forth to the left and right side while holding their hands. When they start rolling over, be sure to allow them to do it on their own. Always keep eye contact with the baby as you talk, sing, smile, laugh, make funny faces and use funny voices as you constantly delight yourself in the baby's sheer existence. And be sure to always clap, laugh and cheer when they accomplish every new little step along the way. Joan J.

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Genevieve in Canton, MI
April 23, 2019

How long have you been caring for children? What age groups have you cared for? What is your favorite age to care for? Why? Do you have other work or life experience that helps you as a nanny Training and education The best part about hiring a nanny is that they are highly-qualified child care providers. Make sure you dive into what makes them best-suited for the job. Try asking: Are you trained in CPR? First Aid? Have you taken classes in child care? Would you be willing to take classes if necessary? What is your education level? Are you fluent in any other languages besides English? Feel free to add questions about children's specific needs, such as secondary languages, medical conditions, and so on. They may ask for references from you and a back round check. What was your most recent position? What was your typical daily routine with your last family? What were some of the best things about your previous job? The worst? Have you had negative work situations? If so, what have you learned from them? How have you handled difficult situations, like a baby crying uncontrollably or a child talking back? Have you ever had a child care emergency? What happened? What was your longest stay with a family? What was your experience with them? Are you looking to stay long-term with a family or what is your time frame for your next position? Activities could be bubbles, sounds, music reading books. playing with age appropriate toys. Hope this info helps.

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User in Des Moines, IA
April 23, 2019

If you are unaware of what to do with a certain age group, then maybe you should not be taking care of that age group. Infant development is crucial, & you should be considering what you have to offer to a child in your care. It is not fair to the child or the family for you to accept a position you know nothing about.

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some fun activities for a five month year old would be like, story time, bouncing ball, visual perception, bubble play etc.

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One fun activity for a 5 month old could be playing with bubbles. It is a great way of getting their attention. Another fun activity could be some reading. A colorfully written children's book is an effective way to get your baby engages. Even getting a bouncy ball is a fun activity for any baby at this age.

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Andrea in Norwalk, CA
April 18, 2019

Activities during this developmental stage include high sensory activities such as playing peek-a-boo, bells, rattles, blankets, sling, music, colorful storybooks, hand puppet, or bubbles to name a few.

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Hello, you can go to the zoo, they have a fun kids area. You can also go swimming, to the park, go to Park in Play in Sachse. Kids love building blocks, musical instruments, let him/her play with sand or sugar, finger paint, ball up a piece of paper and let the child go to town, etc..

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User in Vancouver, WA
April 18, 2019

Walks outside, music/dancing, age appropriate art projects, discovering new foods, being read to, being talked to, different toys, bouncers, if the parents are open to it then hiking in a public spot is nice. Variety is good for babies, anything that doesn't involve a screen. Technology isn't good for infant brain development. Tummy time, working the leg muscles, learning to grasp things. There are a lot of fun and helpful activities for infants.

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Singing playing Patty cake abc blocks

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Hi, I have 18 years of experience and excellent references. I care newborns up to 6 years.

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Nicole in Sanford, NC
April 17, 2019

It's important to give them lots of tummy time, and talk to them constantly. You can also practice sign language with them even though they usually take a few months to pick it up. I've landed a few infant jobs from talking about making sure they still get plenty of stimulation during the day. You can ask them questions like what age they are comfortable with outtings, what a typical day with baby looks like, how many naps does the baby take during the day, and also if they are co sleeping at night. It's important to get an idea of how baby is sleeping at night, and what they encourage because every parent does things differently. Good luck!

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Most families just want to know that you are trustworthy and all-around caring. Their baby could potentially be in your care, so trust is upmost important to them. As far as interviews go, just be calm and be yourself! Now, 5 months is where the fun begins! The babies begin to wiggle around and sometimes attempt to hold their head up or even crawl! I recommend doing activities that SAFELY work on their motor skills. Doing light exercise by moving their little legs and arms around gets blood pumping and they tend to be very ticklish haha. Use toys that stimulate all of their sense (i.e. crinkly toys that make noise, brightly colored books and toys so they can start to distinguish lights and darks). Get them off of their backs - this helps develop those neck and back muscles as well as coordination to start crawling. I like to do little activities that the parents can keep as memories (i.e. hand prints). Above all, be safe, and stay educated. Best wishes, Hannah!

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User in Green Bay, WI
April 16, 2019

Do I need a waiver or liability form to drive children in my insured car as a nanny?

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Sarah in Athens, AL
April 16, 2019

Read books to them! Take them for a walk outside in a stroller. Play music &/or dance with them. Questions that parents of infants will probably ask: Are you CPR certified? Do you smoke or drink alcohol? What is your experience in caring for infants? Will you mind caring for my infant/child if they are sick?

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Lily in Biloxi, MS
April 14, 2019

research plenty of sensory activities to help them thrive and develop as a baby

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Nathalie in Bronx, NY
April 12, 2019

They ask you questions like do you cook and things like that. What parents want to know when they leave their kids with people. You can take them to the park in a warm weather. Play with them when they get a new toy and just get to know the baby for you to know all the fun activities.

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Jazlyn in Raymore, MO
April 12, 2019

Finger painting, books, the park.

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Ana in Providence, RI
April 11, 2019

Babies that small aren't too interactive. You can get a giggle from them by lifting them into the air or tickling them most times but for the most part you should entertain yourself while keeping the baby safe.

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Rosa in Daly City, CA
April 10, 2019

You can perform early stimulation exercises. For example. The baby crawls before starting to crawl. Stimulate the crawling. Place the baby face down and put toys in front of him. and help him by grabbing his little pieces so that he reaches his goal. You will go after the toy.

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Hi Katherine, I have experience with newborns up to 6 years, I'm punctual, responsible, extremely careful, in 18 years I have never had an accident with children all this you can ask my ex-clients. I would like to know if you are interested in my services. Thank you.

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Linda in Roswell, GA
April 9, 2019

Talking and singing. Show letters and numbers. walk them around to see things. Thats a fun age. I would go online and research websites and certificates which is what I am doing.

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At five months, kids usually aren't even crawling! But they still love exploring, nonetheless. They'll start differentiating between colors or family members, and start trying new things - like sitting. Or playing with their toes! That was my personal favourite. So there isn't a lot to be done with them. I would recommend singing or listening to music, and any sort of hand motions to make them giggle (i.e. tickling or rattle toys.) Anything to make noise and with bright colors. Parents normally ask questions such as: "How much experience do you have with children of this age?" or "Do you know how to change a diaper, clean a bottle, and support the neck?" That sort of thing. Best of luck!

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This is a great question! As a retired pediatric nurse, I would recommend that you look online at the Zero to Three website. Also, please search on the Centers for Disease Control for their Developmental Milestones. You will find most everything you need to encourage appropriate development as you care for your five month old infant, and move along as they reach milestone after milestone. Enjoy and connect with this infant. They love your face and learn their cues. Thanks, Kathleen Wright

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Kelly in Milford, MA
April 8, 2019

stimulating things. colorful toys, singing always works, making silly faces, reading. lol, hope this helps!!

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How you handle the situation when a baby is crying and doesnt stop

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one any food allergies, naps time, meal times. di I have permission taking them is the stroller for walks, reading to them, parks, library, summer time putting them in a kiddie pool/ applying coverup/ hat on head. sit with child do pointers with the, like touch nose, ears, . for your own self google it

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User in Denver, CO
April 6, 2019

Any toys that make noise, frozen chew toys as some as teething as that age, patty cake. As far as changing, you just have to check the baby to see if wet, usually you will know if he/she has soiled the diaper by smell or the look on his/her face when the process of pooping will cause red face. There are some very good caregivers out there without a certificate. If you mean senior caretaking, I did take the class and got certification. Hope this helps.

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I can't say for sure that 5 month old babies know what fun is or how to bring that out in them. But with the past experiences I've had, I just spent a lot of time interacting with the infants. Talking, singing, reciting alphabet...I don't necessarily talk baby to babies...while raising my niece it almost seemed that she learned things and picked them up more quickly, possibly because of that. But for ones that little: singing, interaction, introducing textures and sounds, attention is key. Questions they may ask: if you smoke, if you've have experience with infants, do you have any CPR or First responder knowledge, etc.

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There really isn't much you can do with a 5 month old,but you can play with them by playing peek-a-boo, singing children's songs,read to them,and just talk to them,they like that!

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Katie in Taylors, SC
April 4, 2019

Playing with non-toxic baby safe bubbles and reading are great for keeping your baby entertained and developing.

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Hannah in Boise, ID
April 3, 2019

tummy time, those nursery swings, cartoons, etc

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Kaylei in Paris, TX
April 3, 2019

Bubbles! Children love bubbles! Or help feed into curiosity by partially hiding a toy and gently tugging it making them have a firm grasp onto the toy and tug it to themselves! Things that I've found parents to ask is how you handle children, can you do a proper feeding and changing? Be kind and smile! Kindness and a quick smile can go a long way. Don't just be kind to them but if you meet in a public place show kindness to the people around as well!

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Reading! Five month olds are still gaining a grasp on the objects and sounds around them, so reading is an excellent way to provide stimulation to them! New sounds become things they want to associate objects to, so if you use any nouns a lot, find an object that can help represent that noun. It's both developmentally helpful and great fun.

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When I have cared for five-month-olds, I have found reading, singing and trips to story time very enjoyable for the child! I also ask the parent(s) if the child has a favorite toy, song or book. Additionally, going on a walk and pointing out different shapes, objects and animals is very enjoyable! As for questions, asking just that - "What are some of your favorite / most memorable activities that you have engaged an infant in?" "What do you do if a child is having a hard time falling asleep? How do you comfort them?"

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Abby in Dedham, MA
April 2, 2019

A lot of local libraries have play groups or reading groups for this age group! I also like to go on walks, read to them, show them new learning toys and more.

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Peak-a-boo

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Caitlin in Quincy, MA
March 29, 2019

Shape boxes, going for a walk in the stroller.

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User in Shreveport, LA
March 28, 2019

Oh my gosh! I just love this age. They are trying to figure new things out. They are at the stage you can sit them in front of the mirror and let them see themselves. That's fun. Playing peek-a-boo with them is a classic. And putting their pacifier or toy behind your back and saying "where did it go?" could create good hand-eye coordination, when they reach for it.

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Reading singing to the baby early learing

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At that age simply going on a walk, singing or just interacting with them is pretty much all they do for fun. At that age you are typically just expected to adequately meet their needs (nap time, feeding time, tummy time, etc). Most parents just want to know you are genuine and will be able to properly care for their child. They may ask whether or not you are cpr certified for infants and what previous history you have with children that are the same age. I would say be honest and true to yourself and you will do just fine! Good luck!!

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Teresa in Adrian, MI
March 25, 2019

reading books, listening to music, tummy time activity play, playing patty cake & playing peek-a-boo..etc.

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User in Canton, OH
March 25, 2019

5 months is still so young! I suggest working on developmental things. That is what I did when the child my Mom provides in-home care for was that young. My mom and I would teach her how to eat, do tummy time, practice things like peek-a-boo, and when all else failed, baby bum on Netflix. This is still a super young age so things like playing intense games and stuff are definitely out of the picture. My suggestion is to enjoy watching them at this age and feed off of what the child shows they enjoy- because it might change weekly. Best of luck!

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Jen in Wilmington, OH
March 24, 2019

Babies of this age NEED convorsation time through literature and play! Play also can provide the daily dose of physical participation needed! Nurturing babies this age is critical so that a routine is created and positive adult/baby connections are made.

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Caty in Winter Park, FL
March 24, 2019

All the toys! Anything colorful, plush, noise-y. Music, reading, working with they're hands, dancing. You're choices are endless! Babies can be the most fun if you know how to work well with them.

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Cecelia in Mohnton, PA
March 24, 2019

Some fun activities for a 5 month old could include peek-a-boo as their object permanence has not yet developed so they still believe you disappear when you hide your face behind something, you could also do this with items as the more often they are exposed to this the faster their object permanence will develop so they find it finny as well as it helping them developmentally. Play with stuffed animals talking in funny voices as well as including a-lot of movement, this both amuses them as well as also giving them a sensory activity to promote sensory development.

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Peek A boo Reading a book Seating there up on your lap Song Time Talk with baby Core Time

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Carina in Oviedo, FL
March 20, 2019

singing, play same instruments (like guitar, flauta, violin, piano), go for a walk with stroller, swing at the park...

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Jennifer in Gardena, CA
March 19, 2019

TV TOYS MUSIC BOXES GOING FOR WALKS IN THE STROLLER GOING TO THE PARK

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Noemi in Kaysville, UT
March 16, 2019

Peekaboo is a great game for 5 months because it helps them grasp the concept that you are still there even though they cant see you. When the baby makes noises (baby talk) repeat the sounds back and smile. Sound repetition encourages the baby to explore new sounds to see how you react, it will also benefit further in the future with speech development. Really with such a young baby the best thing to do is find something that makes him/her laugh or smile.

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Silmery in Austin, TX
March 16, 2019

Reading appropriate books for 5 month old, singing children baby songs, making noises with rattles, sticks etc. Doing activities using their senses by smelling, touching, tasting, looking and listening things in the enviroment. Tummy time looking their reflection in the mirror. Having an art project(footprint). Taking a baby for walk in the stroller is another fun and enrichment activity. And much more activities as the opportunities raise up and the baby interest.

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User in Metairie, LA
March 15, 2019

Hi! I would say sensorial activities are best for this age. This can include texture boards, noise makers, and board books for you to read and the baby to play with. Outdoor activities are always good for children at that age, but make sure to mention that you are aware of environmental concerns and will take the weather, child's own immune development, and your own health into consideration. Most parents ask about experience, if you are organized (feeding and nap schedules are very important at that age) and what you are willing to do with their child. Depending on their location, they may have you travel with the child so decide beforehand if you are comfortable with that incase they ask. I hope this helps, and good luck on your interview!

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Anything with colors, lights, music, pictures etc. Engage them visually or with audio that they can react to.

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Cheyanne in Augusta, GA
March 13, 2019

I loved being able to read, take them on walks, parks, as well as creating sensory bins and items for them to play with!

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At the church I go to, there is a 6-month-old baby boy that I keep entertained with puppets and playing airplane. There are not a lot of "activities" to do with a kid at that age. They are usually happy with just funny faces or tugging on your necklaces.

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Ainka in Shelton, CT
March 12, 2019

If I would be watching a 5 month old I would take them for walks in the stroller, play with them by using toys that they like, I would bath them and make sure they are freed and happy.

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User in Lexington, MA
March 12, 2019

High affect, tummy time, baiting a carrot, music, sensory - it's unlimited

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Some activities I've always thought were a good idea were hands on activities. If they have learning toys that make sounds then play with those. Also even though the baby is I=only five months you can do art activities with him/her and give it to the parents.

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