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How much sleep does my 5 month old need?

zmy son is almost 5 months old and lately he seems really cranky all the time. he doesnt sleep as much during the day as he used to and i'm just wondering if i should lay him down more often. but i also dont want him to sleep too much. i'm so confused. any thoughts? how much sleep should he be getting and how long between naps should i expect him to be awake?


Asked by SweeThang931 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 28, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • My daughter at that age had this schedule: She would wake up around 7 am, eat cereal. Breastfed at 9, nap until 11, eat lunch (veggies or breast fed), down for another nap at 1 pm, wake up at 3-4 pm. breastfed around 4-5 pm. Dinner at 6 (veggies), bath and bedtime at 7.30. She would usually wake up to breastfeed around 3 am, and sometimes around 5 am. It worked really good for us, and since I am a SAHM, I have time to stick with that schedule pretty strictly. Before she was on this schedule she was napping on and off during the day (short naps) and it just wasn't working for her. The two long naps really makes a difference for her. Good Luck.

    Answer by LilyandEmmasMom at 2:42 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • I give morning naps and afternoon naps to my grandkids. If they get cranky I lay them down.

    Answer by admckenzie at 2:31 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • 12-14 hours

    Answer by josalin at 2:31 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Each baby has their own needs. I breastfeed and never put my babies down for "naps." I just let them sleep when they feel asleep at the breast nursing. If I wanted to do something I would put on a sling and leave them sleeping on me. Most of the time I would relax and watch TV or read.

    Answer by Gailll at 2:40 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • My daughter is 5 mths her day looks like this.. Up between 5 & 6 down breakfast & bottle, Down for nap around 9 sleeps till around 11, wakes up goes back to sleep @ 2:30 up by 4 and goes to bed at 8- 8:30. This is her normal on her own sleep schedule.

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 2:51 PM on Sep. 28, 2009