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Babywise Sample Schedules: The Fifth Month

This post gives sample Babywise schedules for the fifth month. The fifth month of baby's life comprises weeks 17-21. Your baby is no longer a newborn and is simply a "baby."

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Month Overview
During the fifth month, aim for the following:
  • 4 Months: Baby is usually at 3 naps. If not, by 5 months baby should be at 3 naps in a day.
  • 4 Months: Baby might be ready for 10-12 hours of sleep at night. Some will not be ready for this until 6 months, and the normal range is always 10-12, so some babies might just be 10 hour a night people. 
  • 4 Months: Often a rough age for sleep. This can be a rough month for sleep with a major Wonder Week going on.
  • 4 Months: Baby will move to 4-6 feedings in a day.
  • 4 Months: Baby's feedings will be about 3-4 hours apart.
  • 4 Months: Baby might be ready for blanket time.
  • During this month, naps will ideally be 1.5-2..5 hours long.
  • Teething can start to impact sleep this month. 
Our Sample Schedules

Week 17
5:30-6:00 AM--eat from one side
8:00 AM--wake and eat
8:50 AM--nap
11:00 AM--eat
12:00 AM--nap
2:00 PM--eat
3:00 PM--nap
4:30 PM--eat
5:45 PM--nap
7:00 PM--eat and straight to bed
10:00 PM--dreamfeed
This is our daily schedule. BUT this week could best be described as "Sporadic." Some days, she followed this. Some days, she took a short morning nap and wanted to eat at 10 instead. She pretty much always had a long nap of the day, but it could be any one of the naps that was long. We always ended right at 7:30 with me waking her up to eat and started at 7:30 with me waking her up to eat in the morning, but the days were sporadic.
7:30--feed
8:30--nap
11:00--feed
12:00--nap
2:00 or 2:30--feed
3:00--nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (one hour after waking--sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

9:45--dreamfeed

Week 18
5:30-6:00 AM--eat from one side
8:00 AM--wake and eat
8:50 AM--nap
11:00 AM--eat
12:00 AM--nap
2:00 PM--eat
3:00 PM--nap
4:30 PM--eat
5:45 PM--nap
7:00 PM--eat and straight to bed
10:00 PM--dreamfeed


7:30--feed
8:35--nap
11:30--feed
12:45--nap
2:30--feed
3:45--nap 
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (80 minutes after waking)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

9:45--dreamfeed
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Week 19
5:00-6:00 AM--eat from one side
8:00 AM--wake and eat
8:55 AM--nap
11:00 AM--eat
12:05 AM--nap
2:00 PM--eat
3:30 PM--nap
5:00 PM--eat
6:30 PM--nap
7:00-7:00 PM--eat and straight to bed
10:00-10:30 PM--dreamfeed


7:30--feed
8:35--nap
11:30--feed
12:45--nap
2:30 or 3:00--feed
3:45--nap (75 minutes later) 
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (80 minutes after waking)
7:30--feed, then bedtime

9:45--dreamfeed--until it was dropped

FOR MCKENNAThe first couple of week of 4 months old were a bit unpredictable due to early morning feeds. Once she hit 19 weeks, though, things smoothed out.

7:00--nurse
7:50--nap
10:30--nurse and cereal
11:30--nap
1:30--nurse
3:00--nap
4:30--nurse and sweet potatoes toward the end of the month
6:00--nap
6:30--she would wake, or I would wake her. Some days, she didn't take this nap
7:00--nurse then straight to bed
10:30ish--dreamfeed

Week 20
Kaitlyn's schedule didn't change much, but she did drop a nap. We also started solids at 4 months, so solid feeding times are listed as they were once we had all three.

7:30--nurse + solids
8:30--nap
10:30--nurse
11:30--nap
1:30--nurse + solids
2:30--nap
4:30--nurse
6:30--nurse + solids then bed
9:45--nurse the bed (dreamfeed). I was starting to move it back in preparation for dropping it.

6:30-7:00 AM--nurse
55 minutes later--nap
10:00 AM--nurse (if she ate closer to 7, she will often go until 10:30)
60-65 minutes later--nap
1:00-1:30--nurse
60-90 minutes later--nap (I try to watch for cues for this nap
4:30--nurse
6:00--usually a nap
7:00--nurse then bed

10-10:30--dreamfeed


7:30--feed
8:35--nap
11:30--feed
12:45--nap
3:00--feed
4:15--nap 
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (80 minutes after waking) until it was dropped

7:30--feed, then bedtime

Week 21
7:15 AM--wake and nurse
8:10 AM--nap
10:30 AM--nurse and rice
11:30 AM--nap
1:30-2:00 PM--nurse
2:40-3:10 (70-90 minutes later) PM--nap
4:40-5:00 PM--nurse and sweet potatoes
7:00-7:20 PM--nurse then straight to bed
10:30 PM--dreamfeed


7:30--feed with solids
8:45--nap
11:30--feed with solids
1:00--nap
3:30--feed
5:00--nap 
5:30--feed with solids

7:30--feed, then bedtime (no dreamfeed)

Your Sample Schedules
Here are your schedules that you have shared over the years.

4 Month Old

4 Months girl 
7:20 – wake up/eat (55 minute wake time)8:15 – nap (2 hour nap)10:15 – eat (60 minute wake time)11:15 – nap (2 hour nap with help of swing ½ way through)1:15 – eat (65 minute wake time)2:20 – nap (2 hour nap with help of swing ½ way through)4:20 – eat (65 minute wake time)5:25 – nap (65 minute nap)6:30 – wake (1 hour, 30 minute wake time before bed)7:00 – eat8:00 – bed10:00 – dream feed/10:30 bed

4 month old boy
6.30-7am wake & nurse
8am nap
10am wake & nurse
11.30am nap
1.30pm wake & nurse
3pm nap
4.30pm wake & nurse
6pm catnap
6.45pm wake (7pm nurse)
8pm sleep
We dropped the dreamfeed 2 weeks ago and he's slept through the night ever since (would love to have a morning waketime of 7-8am, but maybe in a few weeks?).
We're also thinking about dropping the last nap to get him to sleep longer in the morning, but we haven't quite figured that out without dropping a feeding.

4 month old boy
6:45- wake, nurse, play
7:45- 1st nap (usually 1.5 hr)
10:00- nurse, play
10:40- 2nd nap (if he woke early from 1st nap, if not i'll put him down around 11)
1:00-nurse, play
2:00-3rd nap
4:00-nurse, play
5:15-catnap
6:45-bath, nurse, bedtime
I'm exclusively breastfeeding so I pump around 9:30 to keep my supply up and I have extra bm in the freezer in case I need it!

4 months:

7:00 WEP
8:15 nap1
10:30 WEP
12:00 nap 2
1:30 WEP
3:00 nap 3
4:30 WEP
6:45 eat
7:00 bedtime
Usually wakes between 6:30 and 7:00am, but stays in crib until close to 7:00. He's EBF, no solids.

4 months old:
Our schedule varies by a half hour or so right now since our son is going through a Wonder Week AND teething, but here you go:
7:00 Wake, feed (5-6 oz formula at each feed)
7:30 Play
8:15 Nap
10:30 Wake, feed
11:00 Play
11:45 Nap
1:30 Wake, feed
2:00 Play
2:45 Nap
4:30 Wake, feed
5:00 Play
6:00ish Cat nap
6:45ish Wake, play, some nights bath
7:30 Feed, bedtime
10:30 or 11 Dreamfeed

4 Month Old Baby Girl
7/730 - wake, reflux meds, dressed for day, BF
830/9 - nap
1030/11 - wake & BF
1230/1 - nap
230/3 - wake & BF
430 - nap (sometimes)
5/530- BF (5 if she didn't take a nap prior to, 530 if she did)
630 - reflux meds, bath and baby lotion massage (this starts our night-night routine)
7 - BF, read book after, if awake enough
730 - bedtime
10 - dreamfeed and STTN
Her naps are the most inconsitent right now because 1) 4 month sleep regression and 2) teething. Her wake time typically lasts 1.5 hours though sometimes it's more or less. I am a SAHM and watch her for her sleep cues. There are times she will wake in the middle of a nap, chat/lightly fuss for a few minutes (sometimes as long as 15) then go back to sleep. I personally do not check on her unless she's crying or the fussing is different than a "transition cry" because it makes it worse and she will not go back to sleep. If she doesn't take her naps, I do my best to keep feeding times the same and fit in several cat naps (hopefully 6 - 30 min naps). Bedtime is almost never later; she doesn't make it later - she winds up screaming at us for even trying OR falls asleep :) Also, I change up what activity she does during her wake time. She is a VERY particular baby and will not always go for the same exact wake time routine. As such I just switch up activities and/or toys to help keep her content.

4 month old boy

8:00 am wake up, 8 oz bottle, cereal and a fruit
9:30 am nap
11:30 am wake, 8 oz bottle fruit and vegetable
1:00 pm nap
3:30 wake, 8 oz bottle, cereal and a fruit
5:00 nap
5:45 wake, bath, get ready for bed
6:45 bottle and bed
typical flexible routine, it varies by 20 or 30 minutes sometimes
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Combo ages:
4-6 month old girl
typical flexible routine, it varies by 20 or 30 minutes sometimes
6:45 wake, eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
7:30 long nap every day
10:30 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
11:45 nap some days
2:15 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
3:45 nap some days
6:00 eat (nurse)
7:00 nap most days
8:30 bath and bedtime routine
9:00 eat (6 oz. breastmilk)
9:15 bed, sleeps through the night
I find that her nap routine is the least consistent since I work part-time and different family members keep her on those days. Her bedtime, morning waketime, and feeding time is very consistent. I would like for her naptimes and activity times to be more consistent. After charting everything for several days as suggested by the Baby Whisperer, her naptimes really depend on who keeps her that day.

4-6 Months
Since 4 months (he will be 6 months this week) we have been working on transitioning to 3.5-hour schedule. After a few days of the longer schedule, he wakes up early from naps and we end up doing the 3-hour schedule above, so for the last little while we've just done the longer schedule 2-3 days a week which allows me to decide which days rather than him. Hopefully we'll do this all the time soon!
6am Nurse, then some playtime
7:15 Nap
9:30 Nurse, tummy time, playtime
11:00 Nap
1:00pm Nurse, tummy time, playtime (or errands)
2:30 Nap
4:30 Nurse, play time, family time
6:00 (sometimes a little later) Nap
(Sometimes he doesn't take the 4th nap, but most of the time he needs it.)
7:30 Nurse
Bedtime routine
Bed by 8:15

4-8 Months: 
8:00 wake, nurse
9:30 nap
11:30 wake, nurse
12:00 independent play time
1:30 nap
3:30 wake, nurse
5:30 nap
6:30 wake, nurse
8:00 nurse, bed



See also:
 Sample Babywise Schedules for the first year  Sample Babywise Schedules: The first month  Sample Babywise Schedules: The Second Month
 Sample Babywise Schedules The Fourth Month   4 month Babywise Schedules

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