5 Month Old Sleep Schedule and Development
5 Month Old Sleep Development:
At this age, we’ll still target at least 14.5 hours of total daily sleep. We’ll aim for 11-12 hours at night and 2.5 - 3.5 hours during the day spread out over 3-4 naps.
[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]
Your baby may have transitioned to 3 naps - or will be doing so soon! Most need 2-3 hours of awake time in between sleep periods in order to be sufficiently tired, but not too tired. Short naps are still very common and appropriate, so don’t worry if your baby isn’t there yet when it comes to long, predictable naps.
Here’s a look at a sample schedule:
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.
If you’re interested in helping your baby learn how to fall asleep with less parental help now’s a great time to start! They may not be able to fall asleep on their own consistently until they are a bit older, but you can certainly give them more room to practice falling asleep without you.
It’s common for babies to roll and get “stuck” on their stomach at this age. If they get frustrated and cry out, it’s okay to give them a few minutes to see if they can either flip back over or settle back to sleep on their own before you intervene. Be sure to give them plenty of practice time to roll during the day!