how many sleeps are 5 - 6months old having through the day

Helen - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my baby keeps waking up through the night, wonder if its teething or whether shes having too much sleep through day. She has 3 sleeps through day, is it too much????

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Elissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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i dont usualy count but i have tried limiting struan's sleep during the day and he ended up getting overtired and still didn't sleep any better at night. it could be teething or she could be having another growth spurt. Babies need at least 25% of their nutrition during the night as they grow 24/7 so although others will try to convince you otherwise, they really don't normally sleep during the night regularly until about a year. Forcing the issue can hinder development as well as making you nd baby unhappy so just go with the flow and remember this will pass. We signed up for the long haul, not the quick fix unfortunately. :) Good luckx

Angela - posted on 01/22/2010

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Our son is 5 1/2 months old. He has had the following schedule for about a month and a half; wake at 6:30-7:00 (bottle), 8:00 (breakfast), 9:00 (nap), 10:30 (wake and bottle), 11:30 (lunch), 12:30 (nap), 2:30-3:00 (bottle), 4:30 ( small nap), 5:30 (dinner), 6:30 (bath), 7:30 (bed). Give or take a half hour difference here or there, maybe some longer playtimes if hes really having a good time or being really silly.

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Diane - posted on 01/27/2010

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My babies both nap 3 or 4 times during the day and they wake up 2 or 3 times to eat during the night. It's completely normal for a baby this age to wake frequently during the night regardless of how much sleep they get during the day, mostly because they're hungry. People put a lot of stress on babies sleeping through the night because that's what older children do but it's perfectly normal if they wake during the night even into todlerhood. It's nice if they sleep through the night but not necessary and it doesn't really matter what you do if they're not ready to sleep through the night then they won't.

Lynsey - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son is now 21 weeks and has went from sleeping all day and all night to just wee 15 min cat naps through day and is up atleast once though the night which is very strange for lyle as he needs atleast 12/13 hours through night he will not take a bottle when he wakes through night so i just put bonjela on his gums and put dummy in and he goes straight back to sleep so your lucky if ur even awake 5 mins so try that it might help.x

Claudia - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi there
My daughter Valentina is on the Save Our Sleep routine by Tizzie Hall and has 3 2hr sleeps during the day, last nap is at 4:30pm. This is followed by solids (dinner) at 5.20pm, bath and milk feed, Valentina finally going down for her good night sleep at 7pm!
I don't think 3 sleeps is that much, is your baby cat napping or into a long sleep cycle that lasts more than 40 mins?

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Your baby needs those three naps a day, and those naps need to be on average an hour and ten minutes each. He has got into a habit of waking up in the night, possibly due to teething, so it's a habit that needs to be a broken - was he in a proper routine and sleep-trained before? If not, the "pick up and put down" method (Dana Obleman) worked for us: pick him up and cuddle him until he stops crying, then put him down, at which point he may start crying again, pick him up after ten mins if he's still crying, short cuddle, put down again, etc etc - it will work after a few days, he will be comforted by the fact that you are obviously nearby and willing to cuddle but he will also know that if you pick him up you are only going to put him down again so not bother insisting on a cuddle. This method worked for us within three days. Important to keep the lights very low and not talk to him or give much eye contact so that he knows that night time is not for interacting. Or if you're already on top of the whole sleep-training thing, then maybe he is craving solids, try some rice-creal with his feed before bed-time! Good luck.

ANITA - posted on 01/26/2010

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well my son was doing the samething for a while then i started doing was giving him a bath at like around 9:30pm with the bedtime stuff then giving him a warm bottle then putting him in the bed after the bottle and let him fall asleep on his own and my son stays a sleep now from 10 or 10:30 and dont get up until like 8 or 9am

Amber - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son will be 5 months old on the 28th of january...he sleeps through the night...has for almost 2 full months now..He takes maybe 2 short naps during the day and goes to bed usually by 10pm..He does cry in his sleep but its due to growing pains and teething...Very common in babies.....its easier to get him to fall asleep with his binki(pacifier nuk etc)...I got him to sleep through the night by putting cereal in his bottles it really makes a difference...humming to him always works....

Jill-Arcangela - posted on 01/26/2010

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Could be teeth. Could also be that she is hungry. Have you started her on solids yet? We thought it was our baby's teeth, too, but as it turns out, he was hungry. We started him on cereal before bedtime, and now he wakes up once in about 12 hours. (Also, research shows that - unlike adults - the better a baby naps during the day, the better he/she will sleep at night. So, I don't think the naps have anything to do with it.)

Stacey - posted on 01/26/2010

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hi my son is 5&half months he has 2 or3 naps thought the day thenbath at half5 bed at 6:30 then gets up at 7. which is great with two others.

Rechelle - posted on 01/26/2010

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i don't like my baby to take more then one nap a day because then he stays up til midnight. he wakes up around 10 or so eats then takes a nap and plays the rest of the day til it is bed time.

Joy - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter is 5 months now and she take sabout 3 to 4 naps a day. They say not to force a baby to stay awake so they be more tired at night. That actually makes them more restless and they wake even more through the night. I learned that with my first. A good key is to make them wait a bit longer for their last meal so that it is a big one and they get nice and full! That helps them to usally sleep through the night. Right Now I feed my 5 month old at 6 pm and then again about 1030 pm then she is out for the night till about 6 am. Also a warm bath before feeding time will help with a more soothing restfull sleep.

Michelle - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son stays awake for two hours and then has a nap, sleeps for around 1-2 hours and wakes up again. He does this consistently through out the day and at night, usually goes to sleep around 11pm and doesn't wake up till 9am. I think every baby is different, and if your baby is tired, put them to sleep, don't torture the baby for being tired.

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2010

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my daughter sleeps from 9 pm till 9 am and sleeps during the day whenever she wants n how long she wants but its usally like 5 or 6 times ranging from 30 min to 2 hrs she drinkg 4 oZ whenever she wants to but its usually like every 3 hrs or so

Ariana - posted on 01/24/2010

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my son is 5 months and might take a nap or 2 throughout the day and then sleeps the night. it could be the teething or it could be the amount of sleep shes getting during the day depending on how long she sleeps during the naps... he only might sleep a half hour to an hour at a time .. sometimes a little more but not really. the teething definately could be an issue though.

Jillian - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son takes 3-4 short naps a day (sometimes at daycare they are longer because the other kids wear him out!). We usually start bedtime routine at 7:45 and he's sleeping by 8:30. He'll get up once between 4 and 5 for a bottle, then sleep until 7:30ish on a weekend (during the week, I drop him off at daycare at 6:30). He's a cat napper - and VERY active so the dr. said it's normal for him to eat once at night yet. He was doing twice a night and we let him cry it out when we knew he wasn't hungry - now he sleeps until 4-5!

Good luck - every baby is different!

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It depends on how long she is sleeping for. My son has a half hour nap in the morning and then a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. That;s it. He usually sleeps from about 8:00pm-7:00am or 8:00am.

Stephanie - posted on 01/24/2010

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No that is not to much. She is teething most likely. I am on my third and he is 5 months and cutting 6 teeth at one time. When you put her to bed at night, give a little tylenol and see what happens.

Jess - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter has 2 shiny new teeth and she sleeps all night and all day... She still has the routine of a newborn.... But I don't think that is normal. We are seeing her Ped on Monday so Im hoping to get a few answers !

Melanie - posted on 01/22/2010

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I'm lucky if my son has 2, 20 min naps a day, he just doesn't want to sleep! He goes up to bed by 7.30 every night and generally wakes up several times from around 3.30am. He's teething and loves to be cuddled. Does your daughter wake for feeds or just comfort??? If comfort have you considered a dummy? I used them on 2 of my older children and it worked wonders however my 5month old refuses. Hope it all settles down x

Hayley - posted on 01/21/2010

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my daughter sleeps about 4 or 5 times during the day but this just because she is teething and having trouble sleeping and they are really short naps. there is no right or wrong number of sleeps for your child to be having.just go with what she is telling you she needs. eventually everything will settle down

Cassie - posted on 01/20/2010

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i had the same problem with my little girl waking up through the night. now when she crys or wimpers i go into her room and put her binky back into her mouth and then she falls back to sleep.. and during the day she may sleep a totaly of 4 times during the day.

Sara - posted on 01/20/2010

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Once we had a good routine going, things really settled down and our boy is much more pleasant and well-rested during the day. Our 5m old is up at 7am, naps for about 45-75min at 9am and 1pm, and 45 min at 4pm, then in bed by 7:30.

Leah - posted on 01/20/2010

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do you have a set bed time for your baby? this has really helped us. we make sure that Hana goes to bed around the same time every night and the same time for napping in the day. does your baby have a nuk or anything that they use? Hana uses one and it falls out of her mouth at night but if she wakes up she usually will put it back in her mouth. And I know this isn't really recommended but she has a little sleeping buddy, a Seahorse that plays music and has a glow light (similar to a gloworm). She loves it and it helps her sleep in her crib, her car seat, and her swing. Good luck.

Brittany - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son takes about 3 or 4 hour long naps a day and still sleeps through the night. He has also started doing this weird thing though where he starts crying in his sleep and I was wondering if it had something to do with teething. He cries for about 10 minutes and then goes right back to sleep as if nothing happened. He's going to be 5 months in 3 days so I'm thinking our problems may have a similar cause.

Blackwood - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is 5 months old and has 3 naps a day for anywhere between 40mins -1hr. 2 hours after he gets up he has a nap, then once he is awake, another 2hrs, then one in the evening between 5 or 6ish, bath time at 8, last bottle at 9;30. Bedtime at 10:00. Up at around 2ish, back to sleep till about 5ish and then I put him in his swing too sleep till about 8ish, then the day starts alover again. BUT this took and is still a work in progress. If I let my son sleep on me, he'll sleep longer, but then he didn't sleep so well at nite. Watch for rubbing of the eyes, long stares, as soon as this happens put her down for a nap and see her patterns. Good luck

Erin - posted on 01/20/2010

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my baby gets 2 to 3 a day & hes currently teething. i think its normal. i wasnt told it was abnormal by my nfp nurse or his pediatrician.

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