At this age your child is still consuming strictly breastmilk or formula unless directed by your doctor. They should be getting at least 7-10 breastfeeding sessions per day or 24-32 ounces formula or combination.
Your child is becoming more and more interactive and playing with toys. You might notice them grabbing and bringing things to their mouth. Make sure to start baby- proofing the house if you haven't already. Some children may be sitting or starting to roll and get into crawling position.
You might notice your little one is still taking shorter naps and that is normal but continue to work towards the six month schedule of 3 naps a day and encouraging routine and consistency. They are probably still waking to nurse 1-3 times at night; but if you notice more than that, they are starting to develop a sleep crutch. This is a good age to start introducing a snuggly or safe blanket for them to connect with and bring them comfort.
5 Month Sample Sleep Schedule
Wake Time: 1.5 - 2.25 hours
6:30 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
8:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
9:00 – Breast milk or Formula
11:00 – Nap (often 30-60 minutes at this age)
12:00 – Breast milk or Formula
1:30 – Breast milk or Formula
2:00 – Nap
4:00 – Breast milk or Formula
5:00 – Catnap (30 minutes)
6:30 – Begin bedtime routine
6:45 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime
7:00 – Goal to be asleep
+Plus possibly 1-2 nighttime feedings
*If your baby is able to stay up longer between naps, and is not as sensitive to being over tired, you may want to take a look at our 6 month schedule, and modify the schedule above to more closely match the 6 month schedule.