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    Default 5 Month Old - Love to hear your sleep routines and what is working for you

    Hi there,

    My bub is 5 months and is a good little sleeper, however, bed time is a little late at 9.30ish. She has naps throughout day, usually 10 and 2.30/3 and again at 5.30/6. Would love to hear your thoughts on how to gradually get her to bed by 7pm or so.

    Typically if you change a routine, how long will it take bubs to adjust? Love to hear your experiences

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    What time is she waking in the morning? If she is up early enough she should have the morning sleep earlier then lunchtime ish for the second one (if she still needs it, my 6mth old has dropped his midday sleep) then an afternoon sleep ensuring she is up by 4ish to be able to be put down to bed at 7pm.

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    My 5 month old has 2 sleeps each day. He wakes at 6am, first sleep is at 8 or 9am (depending on the school run) second sleep a couple of hours after he wakes from the first one, but usually seems to wake from the second sleep by about 2pm, sometimes a bit later, then bedtime is 6/ 6:30 depending on how tired he is.
    I would try dropping your late afternoon sleep and then doing your bedtime routine before you put bub to bed at 7.

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    Default 5 Month Old - Love to hear your sleep routines and what is working for you

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    My 5 month old has 2 sleeps each day. He wakes at 6am, first sleep is at 8 or 9am (depending on the school run) second sleep a couple of hours after he wakes from the first one, but usually seems to wake from the second sleep by about 2pm, sometimes a bit later, then bedtime is 6/ 6:30 depending on how tired he is.
    I would try dropping your late afternoon sleep and then doing your bedtime routine before you put bub to bed at 7.
    How do you keep bub happy for 4ish hours after his second sleep? How long are his naps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    How do you keep bub happy for 4ish hours after his second sleep? How long are his naps?
    A big gap between waking from his second sleep to bedtime. This is a long stretch, my bub would be buggered.

    I would drop the middle sleep so bub sleeps morning and afternoon. This has worked well for my bub who now has the 2 sleeps per day and he sleeps for 1.5hrs each nap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    How do you keep bub happy for 4ish hours after his second sleep? How long are his naps?
    We usually have quite a busy afternoon, so after he wakes up and I feed him, we pick DS1 up from school, often we hang around for a bit of a play, so might not get home until about 4. I start dinner and he will have a roll around in the floor or sit in his bumbo. If he's grizzly I get DS1 or DD to talk to him. Sometimes if he's really grizzly then I will feed him again. Then we have dinner at 5, so he has some finger food (we're doing BLW) in his high chair. Then he has his bath, into pyjamas, another bf. if he's grumpy he'll be in bed by 6, if he's still happy he'll sit up while DS1 does his school readers, or we'll all read a book, then in bed by 6:30.
    He usually has about 1.5 to 2 hrs for his morning nap. The afternoon one is sometimes just 45mins, but could be up to 2hrs (sometimes I have to wake him up to get to school on time).
    I think it is the keeping him busy that stops him being too grizzly, plus he is quite an easy going baby.

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    Four months here, and three naps, but our day goes something like this:

    5am - good morning! I've pooped.
    We have breakfast and Daddy time and get ready for the day.
    8-9am - a nap, could be a short nap, sometimes a long nap.
    If he has a short nap, a nap about 11-1pm, if a long nap, a nap around 1or 2 pm.
    Then another afternoon play, older kids get home from school to be entertaining.
    Another afternoon nap, around 4-5pm. A bit of wake time, usually because he has to, while we cook and eat. Then bedtime, usually by 7pm, sometimes later, always before 9pm.

    He co-sleeps, so all day naps are in arms or laying next to Mum. And of course all night as well. He usually falls asleep at the breast, but Dad can also get him to sleep with a bit of a song and cuddles.

    I don't worry about a schedule, but he falls into his own routine, and he just sleeps when he's tired. It works for us because I'm happy to adapt to his needs, and because it's easier that way.

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    I'd definitely drop the late afternoon nap. I'd pop bubba down for the morning nap a little earlier OR I'd give the morning nap a miss and pop bubba down around midday. It really depends on how she is. You know her best!
    But I wouldn't do the late afternoon nap. I'd give her some milk/dinner, nice warm bath, quiet time (massage, dress her in front of the heater) snuggles and bed.

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    Ok I'm trying to remember but at 5 months our day used to go something like this:

    6-6:30am wake up
    Milk breakfast play etc
    8:30-9am nap
    Wake up around 10:30
    Milk play lunch etc
    12:30 nap
    Wake up around 1:15-30
    Milk play etc
    3:30 nap
    Wake up by 4:30
    Milk dinner bath bottle
    Bed by 7


 

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