As babies get older, their sleeping habits will start to change, the length of naps and their sleep windows will vary.
Although sleep is still a priority between 4 and 5 months, other activities become important, such as play. Therefore, babies will spend less time sleeping than when they were newborns.
It is expected that sleep begins to be a bit fragmented and that babies wake up several times during the night. At this age, some regressions in sleep usually occur. The bigger your little one gets, the more likely his internal clock will be regulated. As the months’ pass, he would differentiate between day and night, distinguishing the hours of sleep from the ones he must be awake.
If your little one is between 4 and 5 months old, you must take into account:
- The time spent awake will increase. Your sleep windows will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The daytime sleep will be around 5 hours, and they will take between 3 or 4 naps. Remember that this varies depending on each baby.
- Although you cannot create strict sleep routines, you can help your little one develop habits before each nap and teach him to distinguish between day and night.
- Teach your little one to sleep independently in their crib
- Typically, nocturnal awakenings continue to occur; this will change when your baby learns to fall asleep alone, routines and schedules are established, and sleep supports are withdrawn.
Teaching your little ones to sleep independently will help them connect with their sleep cycles, promoting healthy rest and development.