Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Kristin says

    Hi, I wanted to confirm this schedule is accurate with a feeding at noon and 1:30? Typically my 5 month old goes 2.5 to 3 hours between formula feeds (however he still wakes at least once during the night for a feeding). Just wanted to make sure that wasn’t a mistake and I am to offer another bottle in that short time frame.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kristen – Thank you for writing to us! Some babies do take larger feedings than others, and do not need to feed as often, so feel free to make the schedule your own! It sounds like your little one has more consolidated feeds, and perhaps this schedule might be a better fit:
      Thanks again and good luck! : )

  2. Alexis Prado says

    My 5mo, no matter what we do, only naps almost exactly 45 min. I’ve read that this is the length of their sleep cycle. Is there any hope that he will eventually grow out of this on his own? We have a good routine established. Dark/cool room, not hungry, white noise etc. etc. Although he does need to be rocked to sleep for naps/bedtime, he normally goes down without much fuss. Sleep training is on my radar, but kind of as a last resort. Any advice?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Alexis,
      Thank you for your comment and for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! It is still pretty normal for a 5 month-old to be taking those short naps. Some babies will extend the nap earlier, but many don’t start taking longer naps until about 6 months-old. We have an article with more info here:
      I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any questions!

  3. Virda says

    Hi there, my baby girl is 5 months old. She goes in to her cot drowsy but awake between 7.15 and latrst 7.30pm and self soothes without crying just abit of moving around for atound 15 to 20 mins. I go in a couple of times just to tuck ger back in and say night night. She then gets up around 3.30/4am but only wants her pacifier and once she has it she self soothes and wakes up for a bottle anytime between 5 and 6am. She then goes back to sleep after bottle waking up properly around 7.45/8am, she has a play then feeds between 8.30 and 8.55am. Goes diwn for a nap around half 9 for 45 mins then another nap for 11 until 12.15. Bottle then play. Another nap for half 1 until 2.50/3pm. Bottle then nap for 4.30 until 5.15pm. Bedtime routine begins at 6pm with bath, bottle, book and cuddles. She is doing really well but i will be introducing solids next week as we feek she is ready. Can you advise how incan incorporate the weaning with her current routine at 5 months and 3 days old.

    Thank you

    • Danielle says

      Hi Virda,
      Thank you for your comment, and for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! I’m so glad to hear everything is going so well for your family – it sounds like sleep is great! I’m sorry, but I’m not a sleep consultant or a medical professional, and so I don’t have any feeding resources for this age past what’s in this sample schedule. If you do need help adjusting your current schedule, we’d recommend talking to your baby’s pediatrician, or you’re welcome to speak with a sleep consultant directly during our weekly Members Area chat – I know she would be more than happy to help! Good luck!

  4. Natasha says

    My baby is just shy of 5 months but having really crummy naps. 20-30 minutes most of the time, sometimes 45 min sometimes 2 hours but not too often. I watch for sleep cues/time to make sure he isn’t overtired but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Bed happens about 7:15 and he is sleeping until 5:30ish sometimes later. Any tips to help encourage a better schedule? I can tell he isn’t always as rested as he should be.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Natasha, thank you for visiting the Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with naps with your little one. I found both of my boys did awesome at nights and then struggled with naps until they were a little older (closer to 6 or 7 months). So it may take time to get into a rhythm, but of course you can continue working at them now (and just because my boys struggled until 6 months doesn’t mean yours will!!). Here is a link to a free guide with tips for nap help:
      I hope this helps! If you’re still struggling and need more resources you may want to check out our ebook that’s all about naps called Mastering Naps and Schedules which you can purchase and instantly download here:
      Let us know how things turn out!

  5. Glad says

    Hi, our little boy is nearly 5 months old now. Once we passed the newborn babysleep stage, he was sleeping quite well for a time, sometimes sleeping through the night for up to 10 hours. That has stopped now, although most nights he only wakes up once to nurse. What is proving difficult is getting him down to sleep at night. During the day he tires about 1.5 hours after each wake-up and nap times vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours!!! So the number of naps he has in a day is variable and the daily “schedule” is therefore non existent. In the evening the 1.5 hour rule flies out the window and although he seems tired around 7 or 8 p.m. I can never get him down until much later. When he shows signs of being tired, we take him up for a bedtime routine and finish by either nursing or rocking him to sleep. Most often when we put him down he wakes up and this is repeated until about 11 p.m. or midnight when we finally manage to put him down. So far we have had no success with putting him down drowsy but awake as he always ends up crying (hard) and the only way to calm him is to pick him up. I think I will try the fixed points to add a little predictably to the schedule. But I just don’t know how to get him down in the evening. Putting him to bed earlier just results in a late catnap which keeps him up later yet. Any advice would be welcome.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Glad – Thank you for visiting the Baby Sleep Site! I am sorry to hear your once great stretches of sleep have now turned into a bedtime battle each night. I know how frustrating that can be!! Here is a link that may help give you a few ideas to help stick to the fixed points on the schedule:
      Hopefully if you can get the naps a little more regulated you’ll be able to find the sweet spot for his bedtime to go down easily. It may take some time, but hang in there! If you don’t see any improvement or just want more help, please let us know! We have a ton of resources including one-on-one sleep consulting if it comes to that and you need a little or a lot of personalized support to get you through this, we will have an option for you. If you’re interested in any of that or our other resources please feel free to contact us directly anytime at [email protected]
      I hope this helps and you see an improvement soon!

  6. Melanie says

    Thanks for the great resources. My son is starting daycare soon when they nap 10:30-12pm and 1:30-3pm. I’ll be dropping him off at 8am and was wondering what wake up time is best and where to get in 1-2 additional naps?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Melanie, I’m glad you find the resources helpful! You may just try to adjust the wake up based on the new nap times so the times he spends awake between morning wake up and his nap is the same amount of time as our sample schedule. If you want more details and options you may want to check our our ebook, Mastering Naps and Schedules which has tons of sample schedules and information to help. Here is a link to read more about the ebook and purchase online:
      I hope the transition to daycare goes well for your son!

  7. Sarah says

    How long is nap at 2pm
    I started following this routine today – we’ve been about 30 minutes behind the schedule
    So nap started at 230.
    Again how long is the duration of the 2 pm nap 🙂

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sarah – Thank you for writing and for using The Baby Sleep Site as a reference for your 5 month old’s schedule! Often, at this age, naps are still quite short, and that 2pm nap may be 30-60 minutes. Feel free to make the schedule your own, and find what works best for you and your family!
      Thanks again for visiting!

  8. Saumu Nassoro Ali says

    Hello there my friend’s daughter is 4 months and really wakes up at night crying a lot we really need help takes milk a lot but never sleeps long.

    • Janelle Reid says

      hi @Saumu Nassoro Ali, thanks for writing to us on behalf of your friend. I’m so sorry to hear they are struggling. At 4 months there’s a big developmental leap and change that happens in the baby’s sleep, so there’s a chance that’s what’s going on. Here is a link that you or your friend can sign up to download a free guide with tips to help your child sleep through the night:
      I will say that at 4 months, 1-3 wake ups are still totally normal, but anything beyond that (like every 1-2 hours, needing to be rocked/nursed to go back to sleep, etc.) is likely a bad habit and the guide will provide tips to help eliminate the wake ups that are coming from habit and not hunger.
      If she needs more help, please let her know we’d love to hear from her and walk through this with her. She can contact us directly at anytime at [email protected] and we can help provide additional resources for her.

  9. Annisa says


    According to the examplebof schedule above, can I clarify what do you mean by breakfast time? Or do you have another example maybe?

    I have 5 months old baby and she hasnt started solids yet. The problem that I have is the same with most mom’s here.


    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Annisa, thanks for writing to us. Good question! We include a breakfast time for the parents that have already introduced solids, but know many families wait. I apologize for the confusion! You can just skip that part and whenever you do introduce solids then you can take account for it in this schedule or in the future months. 🙂 I hope that helps!

  10. Rachel says

    Hi, my 5 month old, is usually asleep by 7pm, but it’s getting earlier each day at the moment, today- 6pm. She’s only napped twice today- one for 1 hour and another for 45 mins.
    She’s been waking at 2am most nights and is awake for 2.5 hours.
    I always get her up at 7am.
    I’ve started weaning her and she has breakfast and dinner, all her milk and milk at 10pm and when she wakes in the night.
    I need a bit of guidance as to what her nap schedule in the day should be to enable her to sleep at night if possible.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with these long night wakings. The schedule above does offer a sample of what many 5 month-olds are doing, and we also have a great chart about naps and day sleep that I think will help here:
      At this age, we do recommend that breastmilk or formula be the primary food source, actually up to 1 year-old. If you have questions about how much milk she should be getting, or if you feel like her night waking might be related to hunger, please check in with your pediatrician. I hope this helps!

      • Rachel says

        Thank you. I’m following this from today in the hope her night time sleep improves.
        For the last nap, what is the latest time you’d recommend putting her down for 30 mins? In order for it not to disturb nighttime sleep? Or does this not matter at this age?

      • Janelle Reid says

        Hi @Rachel, thanks for getting back to us! You’ll just want to watch the clock after she wakes up from her last nap, try to limit her wake time to 2 hours or so to know when to offer that last catnap. I hope that helps!