Need help getting 5-month old on schedule!!

Heidi - posted on 04/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son will be 5 months old next week and since about 3 months old (when he entered the ‘wakeful’ period) has gotten into the bad habit of snacking and catnapping, as well as feeding to sleep.He’ll only eat a few ounces at a time, and then has to be fed in order to go to sleep (feeding seems to be the only way to even make him drowsy). He will typically only nap for 40-45 minutes and then can only stay awake for an hour and a half or so, which is very frustrating as his naps always seem to coincide with his feeding! Like I mentioned, he’s gotten into the habit of snacking – he eats a few ounces when first up and then has a few more before going down for a nap. I feel like I spend ALL day either feeding him or putting him down for a nap. Bedtime isn’t as bad – he usually goes to sleep between 6:30-7:30pm and has gotten better at going down ‘drowsy but awake’, although we’re still having several night wakings in which he is awake (we always check to make sure he’s not just fussing in his sleep) and requires a quick sip of a bottle to go back to sleep. I’d like to get him on some sort of routine/schedule, but I have no idea where to even begin. I’m about to just put him down wide awake and let him CIO, but I wondered if anyone had any advice to put an end to the snacking and the short naps. PLEASE HELP!

Thank you!


Ev - posted on 04/12/2014




Babies under the age of one do not go on a schedule but the one their bodies and small minds put them on. It is going to change all the time until they get over a year of age or even older. Babies do not conform to things until older as they are on a survival mode right now and depend on us to give them their needs. You should slow down the worries of a schedule and enjoy your baby because in another year, you are going to miss those special little moments because you missed them worrying about whether the baby should sleep at certain times and eat at certain times. I have seen many of the same sorts of postings.


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Dove - posted on 04/12/2014




He's 100% normal. Some kids adapt well to a schedule... many more do not... Feeding to sleep and catnapping are both perfectly normal for many kids. I know it's exhausting, but you are in a perfectly normal phase of babyhood. Try to cherish it as it will NOT last forever.

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