5 Month Old Sleep Schedule (Naps, Bedtimes & Top Tips)

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 06/22/22 •  10 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how and when to get your baby on a regular 5 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 5 Month Old Sleep

REMEMBER: Some 5 month old babies will be sleeping for 6-8 hours at night while others will still need to wake for a few feeds to get them through the night.

What Is The Wake Window For 5 Month Old?

The wake window for a 5 month old is around 1-2 hours long. 

The first wake period in the morning is usually the shortest and may only last 45 minutes… but on average, your 5 month old’s wake window is usually around 90 minutes long.

Sample 5 Month Old Sleep Schedule 

By 5 months old, your baby should be getting into the flow of things and establishing a solid 5 month old sleep schedule will definitely help you keep to a consistent routine in your day.

Here’s a sample 5 month old sleep schedule that shows 3 and 4 nap options:

5 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

Nap Schedule For A 5 Month Old Baby

At 5 months of age, there are no hard and fast rules about nap times and you should never force your baby to stay awake if they are tired.

Remember to keep an eye out for your baby’s sleep cues and follow their lead by taking naps at regular intervals.

Here is a sample nap schedule for a 5 month old baby:

Wake Up7am
1st Nap8am to 9am (60 minutes long)
2nd Nap11am to 12.30pm (90 minutes long)
3rd Nap2pm to 3pm (60 minutes long)
4th Optional Nap4.30pm to 5pm (30 minutes long) 
Baby’s BedtimeBetween 7pm and 7.30pm

How Many Naps Should A 5 Month Old Take?

For a 5 month old sleep schedule, your 5 month old will take between 3-4 naps a day.

How Long Should A 5 Month Old Baby Nap For?

In total, your 5 month old should nap between 3 and 4 hours a day.

The first morning nap and the last afternoon nap are still needed at this age but they are usually very short and only last for around 30-45 mins.

The other naps, however, will usually last between 1-2 hours.

Bedtime For A 5 Month Old

For a 5 month old sleep schedule, your baby’s bedtime routine should now be firmly in place and it will not change much in its structure for the foreseeable future. 

A simple bedtime routine will consist of:

The entire bedtime routine should start between 6pm and 6.30pm and take no longer than 30 minutes.

REMEMBER: The bedtime routine should follow the same steps and be repeated at the same time every evening to ensure your 5 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily.

What Time Should A 5 Month Old Go To Bed?

Your 5 month old baby should be asleep in their nighttime sleeping space by 7.30pm after their bedtime routine is complete. 

Can You Sleep Train A 5 Month Old Baby?

In short: yes, you can sleep train a 5 month old baby.

After all, the best time to gently sleep train your baby is between the ages of 4-6 months. 

This is because it’s before any bad sleep habits become too heavily ingrained which can make sleep training very hard to do.

The success of sleep training a 5 month old will vary from baby to baby, but there is no reason why you cannot start sleep training with your preferred method.

Having a healthy and regular 5 month old sleep schedule will set your baby on the right path to good sleep habits…

As will putting your baby down to sleep while they’re drowsy rather than fast asleep, making sure your baby’s sleep space is conducive to sleep and that their crib is comfortable to sleep in.

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TOP TIP: Whatever sleep training technique you use, remember that a 5 month old baby should never be left to cry it out to the point where they’re very distressed.

5 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 5 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep!

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating a 5 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible to maintain:

Common 5 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your 5 month old baby may encounter include:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 5 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 5 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Is There Such A Thing As The 5 Month Old Sleep Regression?

Yes and no.

In truth, sleep regressions can happen at any age.

But typically sleep regressions occur more frequently at certain ages such as 4 or 6 months… But that doesn’t mean one can’t happen at 5 months old!

Read my post Sleep Regression to learn how to spot and handle sleep regressions before they ruin your hard work of getting baby into a routine!

Can I Teach My 5 Month Old To Self-Settle?

Yes, you can teach your 5 month old to self-settle.

But whatever sleep training method you use, it is important that you do not let your little one get distressed and you will need to gradually train them to settle themselves to sleep. 

  1. Start by trying to put your baby down to sleep before they are fast asleep. 
  2. If they fuss then some gently rocking of the crib or putting your hand on their tummy to help to settle them. 
  3. Try to avoid picking them up again unless they become really upset. 
  4. Repeat.

This may not work every time but be patient and eventually, your baby will learn to fall asleep without you having to rock or hold them.

Watch this video to learn more about teaching your baby how to self-settle.

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How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 5 Month Old?

A 5 month old should be sleeping between 10-11 hours in their nighttime sleep space.

Most 5 months old will still need to wake for 1 feed during the night (possibly a dream feed), but they should sleep for 6-8 hours through the night.

TOP TIP: Keeping your baby in their nighttime sleep space for the appropriate amount of time and keeping interactions low-key during this time, will ultimately help to establish a healthy nighttime routine.

How Long Can A 5 Month Old Stay Awake?

Your 5 month old will now be able to stay awake for 1-2 hours between naps on a regular basis.

How Do I Get My 5 Month Old To Sleep Through The Night?

Most babies will sleep through the night by the time they are 6 months old but some will reach this milestone earlier. 

Here are some tips to help your 5 month old to sleep through the night:

TOP TIP: Using a white noise machine can help your baby settle more easily and prevent ambient noise from waking them. This one from Dream Egg is one of my favourites.

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Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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