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  1. Bethany says

    I have a 5 month baby girl who generally sleeps well and doesnt need much cuddling to settle, though she has begun to wake a couple of times a night for her pacifier. She sleeps between 14 and 15 hrs in a 24 hr period, 9-10 at night and around 4-5 hrs in the day over 4 or 5 naps. But i notice she should be sleeping more at night and consolidating her naps down a bit by her age. How do i work with her to sleep a couple more hours at night, and less naps in the day?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Bethany –
      Thank you for writing to us! it sounds like your 5 month old is doing pretty well. That’s great! Feel free to adjust her bedtimes and/or wake times to help achieve a bit more sleep a night! I think a great resource would be our Mastering Naps and Schedules Ebook. This Ebook includes over 45 sample sleep and feeding schedules, as well as tons of tips for everything nap and schedule related! You’ll also get a detailed case study, and an audio seminar all about naps and schedules.
      If you’d like to buy the Ebook, you also have the option to purchase the book along with an Express Sleep Plan. The Express Plan is great for families that want sleep help that is more customized than what you will find in a book or an article, and feel confident about implementing the plan at home without a consultant’s help. Simply fill out a brief survey, hit the Submit button, and your Express Sleep Plan will be ready instantly – no waiting!
      You can read more about the Mastering Naps eBook packages here:
      I hope that this helps Bethany! Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need any assistance at any time!

  2. Kayla says

    Hey I have to almost 5 month old twins who wake at 3am and one (alternates) does not want the bottle.

    As they have woken up they stay awake for an hour screaming playfully with eachother. How do I get this to stop?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kayla – Thank you for writing to us about your 5 month old twins! A schedule can be tough when trying to balance two babies!! If they are waking so completely at night and staying awake playing for a while, you may want to take a close look at their overall schedule and see if they are getting the right amount of sleep in their naps and night sleep! Adjusting their schedules may help! If you find that you need more help, please contact us at any time!!

  3. Andrea says

    Is there anything for helping a mom with 3, 3 and under? My 5mo has sleep associations bad, but in his defense life with my 3yo and my 1.75yo is frequently leaving him overtired. I successfully and gently sleep trained my older two with this site. In my current position, I’m lost. 5mo will not go to sleep off of me. He demands to breastfeed to sleep and cosleeping at night. Cosleeping just happened in desperation for rest. He wakes almost immediately after setting in crib. He gets angry and screams when I set him in awake. His brother sleeps next door.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Andrea,
      Thank you so much for being a loyal reader! I’m so glad to hear you’ve had success sleep coaching your older two, though I’m sorry your youngest is a tougher sleeper. He may just be a more intense personality, and/or you could be dealing with the 4 month sleep regression. We do have an article on helping your baby sleep in the crib here:
      But if you need more help, we do offer our 3 Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep ebook, which is an affordable way to solve one sleep issue at a time as your baby grows. Please hang in there!

  4. Kelly says

    My little girl had always been not a great sleeper. Shes just turned 5 months and its been shocking the last month. Shes breastfed. I will either feed her our give a bottle of expressed milk before bed. She is a sleep at 7 goes to sleep with a comforter and a dummy usually puts herswlf to sleep or she may need a few pats. She is then wake around 8 and 9 to be resettled she screams absolute murder. I have ti hold her down sometimes to pat her to calm her down and to keep dummy in her mouth. I feed her about 1030/11 when she wakes again but ahe doesn’t even feed properl shes mainly comfort sucking. She will then wake 2 and 430/5 then awake again at 630/7. I dont know do with her ? she rolling so shes arms out of the sleeping bag. Is this normal?? My son used to do a good stretch in the beginning of the night but she just wakes constantly.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kelly – Thank you for writing to us about your 5 month little girl! I am so sorry that she is waking so many times at night! I know how tough this is, so hang in there Kelly! You are definietly not alone! We hear from families every single day who struggle with the same or even more night wakings! If you haven’t read this yet, I’d recommend taking a peek at this article on our blog:
      This can help explain why she may be waking so much this last month.
      If you’d like help at any time, we’re here! Just let us know and we’ll help you get started on the path to better sleep!

    • Roslyn says

      Hi Kelly, I’m going through the same thing. Just wondering what you’ve done to ease the situation and if it has gotten better since you posted this?

  5. Brittany says

    I thought I was doing something wrong with my 5-month-old waking up at least 3x a night wanting to feed when he is with me or in his crib, However, with his grandparents, he only wakes once or less than when he is with me or in his crib. I was told to feed him more so he can sleep more at night. He is exclusively breastfed with eating solids but eats breastmilk the most. It’s so much information out there that contradicts other studies that are hard to decipher which is best. I did read the free e-books and found out I am doing these things already. I just make sure he naps better for he wakes up within 30 min, but if I rock him back to sleep he sleeps for at least an hour(which is great in my opinion) and he wakes up on his own to be fed. Any other tips I am missing?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Brittany –
      Thank you for writing to us and for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep! I’m sorry to hear that sleep has been rough for your son lately. You’re not alone as this age can be a difficult one for many babies, since at around 4 months their sleep is permanently changing from a “newborn’s” sleep, and this often leads to more frequent wake ups at night and disrupted naps. It’s also common for baby to sleep differently for different caregivers, but the good news is that you know he is able to sleep a little better for his grandparents, so you can now work on helping him do the same while at home!

      If you would like personalized help to work through these struggles, we can definitely help! Please consider one of our Personalized Sleep Consultation packages for more help. One of our trained expert sleep consultants will craft a Personalized Sleep Plan for you and your son, based on both your unique family history and on our own 10+ years of experience working with tens of thousands of parents from around the world. Then, your consultant will help you implement the plan at home, and will answer any follow-up questions you may have. The consultant will also make changes to the plan as necessary. You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here:
      Hang in there Brittany, and please contact us if you need more help at any time!

  6. Krista says

    My son just turned 5 months old and is now waking 2-3 times a night to eat. He was doing great a few weeks ago, sleeping from 7-330am; one feeding; right back to bed until 645-7am. Now he feeds 630pm before bedtime, sometimes 9pm, 12am, 3-330am, 545am. He drinks 5-6oz formula bottles every 3-4 hours. He has 2 teeth (he got them around 3 months). I am not sure if this is a growth spurt, teething, sleep regression, or what. Any tips would help! Thank you!

    • Neosha says

      @Krista – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! 5 months is a really great age for personality development but not as much for sleep! Babies hit a growth spurt around 4 and 6 months and a sleep regression around 4 or 5 months so you could be seeing one or both at this time. The best advice we can give is to feed your little guy if he’s truly hungry but not to develop any long-term associations that you will want to break out of short-term – so no new “bad” habits for this short-term period. Hang in there!

  7. Koshi says

    Hi, my girl just got 5 months. And she recently started feeding only while drawsy. before that she fed well just after wake up. She is breastfeeding since born. I struggle to make her sleep when she seems sleepy, and then feed her. Sometimes i get success but sometimes she felt asleep while sucking but in empty tummy. Because of this i cannot take her to feed, play, sleep schedule which was finely followed before . Please help. Thank you

    • Neosha says

      @Koshi – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. The feeding to sleep association is a very common one – many babies use this time for “comfort” as well as nursing, which makes it a bit harder to “fix” especially if your little lady is fairly persistent. Ensuring she gets enough nutrition throughout the day is critical so she stays healthy and developing well so please keep that at the forefront of your mind – even though she may only want to really nurse when she’s sleepy you can work to get her milk in here and there throughout the day as well. Well-fed babies sleep better than hungry ones, too! If your hope is to move back to the Eat-Play-Sleep schedule, you’ll want to keep working on adding more time or things to do after her feeding before her sleep. Please consider working with one of our expert sleep consultants who regularly help families get on this type of sleep schedule for their families. You can read more about our lovely ladies here: Hang in there, Koshi!