5 Months

Eat:

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.

 

Play:

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.

 

Sleep:

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.

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