Life of a 5 Month Old: Schedule and Activities

In honor of Little T turning 5 months old, I decided to write about a typical day with him.

I have loved this stage in his life because he is learning so much so quickly. One morning he may be laying in his baby gym wiggling his little feet, the next he is flopping around completely and sitting on his own. I feel like I’ve seen more change in him in the last 2 weeks than in the rest of his short life combined. And it’s not going to stop!

At this point, Daddy and I have Torben on a pretty good schedule. He sleeps through the night (most of the time!), is taking more consistent naps, eats, plays, and enjoys his life all on a great schedule! This is what that schedule (typically) looks like:

7:00 – 7:30am: Wake Up/Feed

Bottle only. I choose to feed solids twice a day at this point, but prefer Torben to have been awake at least once in the day before actually feeding those solids.

7:30 – 9:00 am: Activity Time

Some of the things we do during activity time are back play in the activity gym, tummy time, singing/listening to music, dancing, reading, exploring the house and its textures, and more!

9:00 – 10:30/11:00 am: Nap

I put him down right away when he shows signs of being tired so that he isn’t OVER-tired. This means that sometimes he sleeps closer to 8:30 am rather than 9.received_2156023524610930 Did you know that when your baby is overtired, they actually won’t sleep as well? When your baby is overtired, they are too tired to sleep, and will fuss and cry instead. Often, when they finally do fall asleep, an overtired baby will wake too soon, and then have a hard time falling back to sleep.

11:00 – 11:30 am: Feed

Solids, top off with bottle. At this point, our pediatrician has told us to introduce only single grain cereals, fruits and vegetables. Torben eats only an ounce or two of solids before he gets his bottle.

11:30 – 1:00 pm: Activity Time

One of the things I have loved most about him being this age is that he is finally starting to catch on to the concept of books. Where before he would stare off into space, now he is engaged and excited to read with Mommy! My favorite books at the moment are texture books, and books with large, simple pictures. I cannot tell you how many times I have read “That’s Not My Dinosaur” by Fiona Watt (darling texture book) and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle (we have the large board book version).

What I love about these books are that they have large, simple, colorful pictures and Torben is able to interact with the book and textures inside. We also read from a large book of nursery rhymes before naps and I love that he snuggles while we read. He melts my heart!

1:00 – 2:30/3:00 pm: Nap

Same as before, he gets put to bed as soon as he starts acting sleepy, because the last thing this momma wants is to give up her “me time” to take care of a fussy baby! One of the things I do differently than some mothers is that I don’t black out the room — just close any blinds to make it not so bright. Doing this enables me to put the baby to sleep in other locations should his room and crib not be an option.

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Feed

Bottle only.

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Activity Time/Daily Walk

An activity we started just recently is exploring while on our daily walks. I have taken him on these walks since he was a week old, and find that getting out of the house and into the fresh air is great for us (especially me). We go in the afternoon when the house is too stifling hot!

Since he cannot walk, he hangs out in his stroller and I’ll take him on a walk to the park. Along the way we find different things like flowers, leaves, sticks, rocks, and pine cones and will pause to look at and feel the object and its texture. Every time we find a new object (even if it was one we found the day before), he smiles his biggest smile and is excited to see and feel and smell.20180816_160331_HDR

At the park, we have also discovered the swings. Torben has always been extremely gifted with holding his head, and I felt he was ready for this new adventure. Let me tell you, he LOVES the swings — does any baby not? We don’t go very high and he looks teeny tiny in there, but he will giggle for days.

Sometimes we will also have a short nap thrown in (usually only 15-30 minutes) because he is notorious for falling asleep in the stroller on the way home from the park.

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Feed

Solids for the second time that day, then top off with bottle.

5:30 – 6:20 pm: Activity Time

At this point in the day, Torben will typically hang out in his bouncer while I make dinner. Because he was just fed there is no need for fuss!

6:20 – 6:35 pm: Bath/Lotion

After researching and speaking with our Pediatrician, we have chosen to bathe our baby every other day (unless needed, of course. No muddy baby here!). Some parents will choose different and that’s totally okay!LRM_EXPORT_20180614_185358

When the water is warm and the tub is filled, this baby will kick and splash and have a great time! We hear about how great bath time is and I’m excited to see it first-hand.

On days that Torben does not get a bath, he gets a few more minutes of activity time before we continue preparations for bed.

6:45 pm: Pajamas/Swaddle/Feed

The main queues that our baby associates with bedtime include:

  • changing from day clothes into pajamas
  • diaper change
  • swaddling (one arm out at this point)
  • top off with feeding
  • given a pacifier

He usually only takes a couple ounces of milk before bed, and we do not let him feed to sleep. One of the things we have also implemented is to allow a pacifier only for naps and bedtime.

7:00 pm: Sleep the whole night through!

With consistent naps and bedtime routine, we have helped create good sleep habits for our little one and he will sleep a full 12 hours almost every night!

So now you have it: the schedule of a 5 month old and some of the activities that we do throughout the day. While this schedule is not always set in stone and varies slightly day by day, babies are cute little creatures of habit and rely on having a good schedule so I do try hard to stick to it.

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