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  1. Hi there! A firend share this site and we are just about to start solids. I go to work pretty early, is there a specific reason that you noted to do the daily solids feeding at breakfast or would it be ok to do so in the evening around 5:30?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi @Brittney, thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site! I would be sure to check with your doctor, but one of the reasons I personally have started in the morning is so if my baby had a reaction to the food I’d be able to watch them better to make sure everything was ok. For more information on starting solids, I’d be sure to reach out to your child’s doctor and see what they recommend, and you can also check out our sister site, Start Baby On Solids here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/
      I hope this helps!

  2. Hi! My son is 5,5 months old. And he doesn’t like sleeping.
    When he wakes up in the morning (about 6:30 – 7:00) he yawns a lot. But when I try to make him sleep again he doesn’t want to.
    Then I put him to sleep about 8:30. He wakes up after 30 minutes…
    Rest of a day looks different every day. Sometimes he sleeps about 20 min, sometimes 40 min.
    But he NEVER sleeps longer.

    Is there anything I can do? I must add that he wakes up quite often at night also – sometimes every hour till midnight, sometimes 3-4 times per night.

    The room where he (and we) sleeps is dark, there is white noise to make him comfortable. He uses pacifier as well.

    He also hates travelling by car and in baby carriage – he yells a lot and every walk is a disaster….

    • Hi @Michelle – Oh no! I am sorry to hear that sleep has been so rough for your family! You are NOT alone and we would love to help! It sounds like you have several challenges at the moment, and I would recommend working with one of our sleep consultants, so that she can help come up with a plan that you can commit to and feel great about to get your little guy sleeping better for nights and naps! Once she has your full sleep history, your consultant can tell you just what to do! If interested, you can read about all of our sleep consultation packages here:
      Hang in there Michelle!

  3. Hi, my almost 5mo takes 2 long naps during the day (like 1-2hours) I usually wake her up at 2 hours. Then a cat nap in the evening. Goes to bed at 9pm and has been waking up about an hour or so later where it’s really hard to put her back down. Usually I nurse her back to sleep (I know another separate topic I need to work on) then wakes 1-2 more times to feed during the night, up at 7/730. Should I be changing her daytime naps to help her sleep at night? She was born 2weeks early if that has anything to do with it. We started solids but have backed off in case that’s it. She’s teething also. Thanks for your advice!

    • Hi Tara,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your daughter’s schedule. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on without a sleep and feeding log, but we do have a baby nap chart here with nap averages for this age that I hope will help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/naps/baby-naps-chart-how-many-how-long/
      If you’re a Member, this is a great question to ask in one of the Member Chats, since a sleep consultant could help you diagnose the exact issue: https://members.babysleepsite.com/
      Good luck, and thanks again for your comment!

  4. Hi! If you’re feeding at 12 & 130 do you cut the feed in half? I wouldn’t anticipate my baby being hungry for a full bottle at both times. I’m an exclusive pumper and wouldn’t want to necessarily waste any milk. Thanks for this. It’s so helpful! Sharing with friends.

    • Hi @Amanda, thanks for writing! Props to you being an exclusive pumper, I know pumping isn’t everyone’s favorite activity so wow! 😉 Definitely feel free to modify the schedule as needed for your baby. You’ll see in the article we list the amount of BM/Formula your baby should consume in a 24 hour period, so if your baby isn’t hungry for a full feeding then no worries. We do put the feeding close to a nap to make sure that your baby gets a fill up close to sleeping time, but again, feel free to make adjustments as needed.
      I am glad the article was helpful and thanks so much for sharing!

  5. My daughter is almost 5 months old and no matter how much I try, she sleeps around midnight or 1 AM. I have tried Giving her baths, massaging her. She just does not want to be in her play pen at night time and cries so much. The doctor advised me to let her cry for 5-10 minutes and keep going back and forth until she sleeps, but I feel like that’s not the right thing to do to a baby. She sleeps through the night for 9-10 hours but I just want her to go to sleep early.

    • @Khan – Thank you for reading and for sharing. Intuition is precious so please don’t feel compelled to do anything that goes against your parent’s instinct as it pertains to your little girl and her sleep. Have you considered fixed points to help? If not, read more here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/fixed-points-help-baby-sleep/ Hang in there, Khan!

  6. How long would you expect the 2pm nap to be in the schedule above?

    • @Beth – Thank you for reading! We generally expect a 5 month old baby to nap 30-60 minutes at a time. Please keep reading and sharing!

  7. Hi,

    My baby will only nap for a maximum of 30 minutes per nap, no matter how much i try to help him nap longer. It doesnt matter where we are- although being out of the house makes it harder to nap. He then gets very tired close to bed time(around 730/8pm) and i do not let him nap after 6 pm so as not to mess with his bed time. He will sleep until 1 am then wake up about twice or 3 times to breast feed during the night. He is almost 5 months old now and is combination fed.His day time schedule is quite similar from day to day, but he usually naps and feeds on demand at around the same time give or take one hour. Any suggestions? I should also tell you that he never wakes up at the same time- if he wakes up at 5 am i try to get him to sleep a bit more.

    Thanks !

    • @Clara Randazzo – Thank you for writing to us. I am sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your son’s naps recently. It can take a bit longer before they’re able to lengthen out their naps longer, so give it time as what you described does sound fairly normal. We do have a free guide available for you to download which will provide tips for you to help with the naps and you can also make sure you’re creating the best nap environment you can to encourage longer naps. 🙂 Here is a link to sign up to receive the free guide: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/
      Additionally, we have an ebook all about naps and schedules you may be interested in reading as it will go more in-depth than our free guide. You can read more about the ebook and purchase online here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/mastering-naps/
      I hope this helps!

  8. Hi
    My 5 month old girl don’t go to sleep until 12.30 am N wake ups every 2 hour for feed N takes time to go back to sleep and after 6.30am she continues sleeping till 1.30pm just wake for feed N bath N go back to sleep without any difficulty and than again take 4-5 naps of hour or so during day time.i really want her to go to bed early.

    • Hi @Jemini, thanks for writing to us. I am sorry you’ve been struggling with frequent wake ups from your daughter. She is right at the age where lots of things are changing so it’s a good opportunity to help her get on a schedule that works for all of you! We have a free guide with some tips that will help you figure out where to start in this teaching process that you can sign up to download here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      If you find you need more help, let us know! We have a variety of resources that can walk you through the process with a more “do it yourself” approach all the way to one-on-one support from a sleep consultant that will walk through this with you every step of the way. You can view our sleep consulting options online here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/ as well as contact us directly at [email protected] anytime and we will be happy to provide more information for you there. I hope this helps!

  9. What you mean by breakfast?

    • Hi Zane,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! If you look toward the top of the article, above the schedule, you’ll notice that we have some suggestions for parents who wish to start solid foods at this age. Most pediatricians don’t recommend starting solids until 6 months or older, but for those who do start solids younger, they may include a “breakfast” of a couple of tablespoons of puree in their schedule. I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any questions!

  10. Hi my Lo only cat Naps during the day…But she goes through the night wuthout waking till between 8 and 9 am feeds every 3 hours or so but her last bottle is quite late usually a dream feed is this normal?

    • @Anna – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for reading. It’s super common for 5 month old babies to eat a few times each night with the last feed happening in the pre-dawn hours, which are definitely sleepy hours for us all. If you’re at all worried about how she’s feeding or if she’s feeding enough, though, please be sure to mention it to her healthcare provider as he/she can direct you best in that area. Thank you, again, for reading and please stop in to see us again soon.