How long a 3 month old should sleep during the day?

Cagla - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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Can anyone tell me how long a 3 month old should sleep during the day? I heard that sleeping helps the brain development of a baby. My son has a very irregular sleeping schedule. Sometimes he sleeps 4 hours in the morning until noon and than another 3-4 hours in the afternoon before the night sleep. But sometimes he sleeps only 1 or 2 hours during the day and he becomes very moody. Is this normal?

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Jessica - posted on 03/27/2010

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OK, I just spent a week at Tresillian with my daughter, 3months old having sleep problems. Heres what they should be having.
(Feed, play, sleep)
So they should be awake for 1-1.5 hrs (this averages 1.5 by the time theyre 4months, and after 6months its up for 2, down for 2).
Watch for tired signs (rubbing eyes, sucking fists, glazed look, uninterested in play, grizzling, grimacing, frowning, and finally crying (you want to avoid this as its harder for them to sleep once they start crying).
Then you check their nappy and wrap them and put them to bed (or however you usually get them to sleep.
They should then sleep for a minimum of 1.5 hrs, up to 3hrs. If they wake before 1.5hrs, give them at least 40 mins-1hr to get back to sleep and get that 1.5 hrs. (so if they wake after 45 mins, leave them to fall back asleep, and get another 45 mins at least).
then when they wake up, give them a few mins to wake up, feed, play and then sleep again!
If they wake before 1.5hrs and wont go back to sleep, get them up for a 10-15 minute break of floor time, watching for their tired signs always, as soon as these are spotted, back into bed!
I spent 4days following this routine with my daughter who'd be up for 4-5-6 hrs at a time, then had to be rocked or fed to sleep and would wake up as soon as put down. Now all i have to do is feed once every 4hrs, watch for tired signs, put her down and she doesnt even squeak and goes to sleep on her own.
This way, when she does wake at the end of one sleep cycle (20-45 mins) she can put herself back to sleep not have to be rocked or fed back to sleep.
Also, now i put her down from 6pm and she sleeps until 5am. everynight since i got out (except once when i dropped a fork outside the room and woke her. But she just wanted a top up feed then wentback to sleep on her own.) Hope this helps!
If u feed every 4hrs or so, dont let baby sleep over this feed time, because they can get night and day mixed up again if this happens!
They will seem a little bit grumpy for the 1st few days, which makes you wonder if your doing something wrong, but theyre "catching up" on the sleep theyve missed.
Like if you have a big night out, dont get to bed until 5am, then have to get up at 9am, then go out again and dont get home til 1am, youd sleep all day and some of the night, and wake up feeling really tired still. its the same.
And dont think that getting more sleep in the day means less sleep at night.
"sleep induces sleep" The more they get, the more they want. And my baby is now catching up on the developmental milestones she missed while she was too tired to interact. Shes a new baby.
Hope ive helped, good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 03/30/2010

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Try not to get hung up on what your baby "should" be doing. As soon as you start saying, "oh, my baby SHOULD be doing this, but she's not", then you start unnecessarily stressing about whatever it is (in this case, sleep).



Now I know that there are lots of people who insist that a baby of 3 months SHOULD be having 2-3 naps a day lasting 2 hours at a time. That might very well be the ideal, but not every baby is going to “fit the mould”, so to speak.



My daughter has always been a cat-napper, right from the start. I tried having her on a schedule, but that went out the window very quickly. Now I simply follow her cues – she lets me know when she’s tired (approx. 1 hour after getting up at this stage), I put her to bed and she sleeps as long as she likes. Whether that’s 30 minutes, 45 minutes, an hour or an hour and a half. Very occasionally she will sleep 2 hours if we have had a particularly eventful day and she has been highly stimulated.



I tried to encourage her to sleep longer each naptime (ie 2 hours, on recommendation of the health nurse), but gave up on that quickly because she would wake up grumpy and fussy and was crying a lot more than usual (she normally doesn’t cry at all), plus it was disrupting her night sleep and she was waking up more during the night.



So needless to say, that idea went out the window and we’ve gone back to 4-5 cat-naps a day (depends how long she sleeps for each time) – that’s what works best for her, and when she’s happy, I’m happy. She wakes up happy and refreshed, even if it’s just a 30 minute nap, and will last another hour before she starts showing tired signs.



I’m sure some people might dispute that by saying 30 minutes at a time is not enough, but nobody knows my daughter like I do and I know what works best for her. I also know plenty of other people who have little cat-nappers of their own, and quite simply – that’s just the way it is. Neither way is right nor wrong. It’s just different, just like every baby is different. Of course I would love for my Little One to sleep 2 hours at a time each time she has a nap, it would make life a whole lot easier, but if she wants to sleep 30-45 minutes every hour during the day, then I can live with that.



Basically, try not to worry too much. Let your little guy take the lead and communicate to you when he's feeling tired. Sometimes you have to watch very carefully, as their tired signs can be quite subtle. If you catch them in time and get them straight into bed, they will fall asleep much easier than if you miss their little "window".



Most importantly though, try not to compare your baby to anybody elses - no two babies are the same and what works for one, is not necessarily going to work for another. Of course everyone is likely to think their way is the best way, but just remember that he is YOUR baby, he is a unique little individual and trying to fit him into someone elses' schedule is not necessarily going to work.

Natasha - posted on 04/06/2010

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My 3 month old does not have a set sleep time or feeding time, I play and talk with her alot and after about an hour of just laughing and playing she gets tired and i feed her if she is hungry and she goes down for her nap, sometimes she falls asleep before she can have her feeding. She would stay asleep sometimes for a good 2 to 3 hours but some days she would sleep for only 30 minutes. It is just what they do at that age. I would encourage you to play, sing and talk to them alot .

Ann - posted on 04/07/2010

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yes the brain is development and they are growning want they sleep. so tired to get your baby to have 4 little nap a day or 2 big naps a day. Ezekiel has 1 big nap and 3 little ones a day.

Julia - posted on 04/06/2010

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My baby normally takes 3 naps a day and goes to bed around 9 pm. She normally sleeps for 2-3 hours at a time. I do the Babywise with her routine and she's a VERY happy baby who normally sleeps pretty well through the night waking only once to eat. Also, I know "Back is Best" but as long as you have the baby in a clear crib, try putting the baby on his/her tummy to sleep. I always tried to follow the SIDS network's recommendations of sleeping on their back, but my baby would only sleep for 30-45 min at a time and still be tired. So one day I flipped her over when she woke up from one of her 30 min. naps and she slept beautifully and has ever since! Sleep is when the brain develops and stores what it has learned during the baby's wake times, so sleeping is very important. Do what works best for your baby. Just keep an alert ear and check on them frequently during their naps and you'll be fine! Good luck

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Jessica - posted on 12/16/2013

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my baby is the exact same way, but since I've been trying to schedule her feedings on the 3's (9 am, 12, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm and feeding on demand until she goes to sleep between 11-12 pm, and now she's constantly sleeping until 4-5 am....but before I started scheduling her feedings she wanted to eat almost every hour during the day and every two hours at night. I feel so much better now, and expect her to keep sleeping longer each week...one word of caution, don't deny her food if she's hungry, let her have a "snack" or a quick drink, and then feed again at the normal time unless she rejects...if she rejects, do something with her and try again in 30 min...if she's sleeping you don't need to wake her, but just try to get the majority of her calories in during the day, otherwise she'll be catching up at night

Priscilla - posted on 12/02/2013

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Hi am a mother of a 3 month old. My baby goes to sleep around 9 or 10 in the night and he will probably wake up like once or twice in the night. By 6 in the morning hes waking up again and sometimes he will go back to sleep after I had fed him and sometimes he will stay awake till 10 am, after he will fall asleep and take a 15 min nap or a 30min and sometimes an hour or 2 of a nap, and that continues through out the whole day, and than it repeats itself again. I was just wondering when is he supposed to start sleeping though out the whole night or is their anything I can do? ...... :)

Mindy - posted on 04/16/2010

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My daughter will 4 months on the 22....let me tell you between the horrible colic changing formula again and again because she would not poop for days or she would scream and u could hear her tummy gurgle. I am a bad sleeper, always have been...after my daughter I hardly ever sleep. I cant sleep during the day , naps make me fell ill. And she sleeps so irregular her naps are all over the place. I read that at her age she should be sleeping 3-4 naps atleast 45 minutes long which she does not. All the advice I can give is this. I put her to sleep at the same time every night around 8:30 to 9pm. As for naps you cant really schedule them. I watch her for signs of being tired...like rubbing her face and eyes. Then I put her down immediately. 90% of the time she will go to sleep by herself. 5% of the time she needs a bottle, paci or me to go to sleep. The other 5% she just has ultimate meltdowns. If you don't act immediately with her she has a horrible meltdown and screams bloody murder. She has a horrible temper and has no patiences just like her daddy =) But just try to be consistant. Everyone keeps telling me it takes time. I have read all the books, tried all the methods. You just have to find what works for your child it may be one or two things. Or they may need all five S's. One thing I know for sure do not keep your child in silence all the time. I always try to have some sort of noise in the background. Low playing music, tv playing softly, I even talk on the phone next to her quietly. My brother made the mistake of always keeping his daughter in silent surroundings when she sleeps and now the littlest sound wakes her up. And she freaks out completely. I think some babies just take longer to figure out life outside of the womb.

Claire - posted on 04/07/2010

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My 15 week old daughter has 4 - 5 naps a day from between 30 mins to 1 hour in moses basket/cot and longer if I let her sleep on me! She feed's around 4 times a day (exclusivley breast fed) having her last feed at around 7 - 7:30 pm sometimes falling asleep straight after feed and then sleeping straight through until around half six.

Did start to follow the baby whisperer but she isn't always hungry as soon as she wakes from a nap and we are quite happy with her vague routine :)

Julie - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have the same situation with my son. He is a short napper usually three naps a day anywhere from 15-30 min. If I lay down with him he will occasionally sleep longer. When he does sleep longer he is such a different baby, so much happier. Does your baby sleep through the night? My son is struggling with night wakings still waking at least 3 times per night. I have found that Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby a book by Dr. Marc Weissbluth to be very helpful with sleep training. :)

Anna - posted on 04/06/2010

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just enjoy the quiet times cause once they are more active you'll be pulling your hair out willing them to sleep lol.seriously if your bubba wants to sleep then he needs it.sounds like you have a nice balance sleeps well during the day and still sleeps well at night.wait til the teething starts it'll all change then trust me i have a 16month old as well as a 3month old..enjoy

Kyla - posted on 04/06/2010

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oh ya and once you have a set schedule they will stay on it!! my daughter wakes up around 8 am and naps around noon 30 give or take some than bed time for her is set at 9 pm!! she wakes up every morning just for a fresh bottle and a butt change!!! its cool you just have to make it a schedule!!! good luck!! :)

Kyla - posted on 04/06/2010

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my daughter is 3 months and the doc told me to let her sleep as long as she wants she will deff lett you know when she is hungry or when (if) she needs a diaper change!! babys need all the sleep they can get!!!!

Teneille - posted on 04/05/2010

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Totally agree with jessica, i too, took my daughter to a "sleep school" it was invaluable in learning things like baby sleep cycles & sleep associations (among many other things). Jessica explained the feed, play, sleep routine well and it certainly isn't rigid or unflexable because it's the baby's cues you look out for and not what time it is. All babies are "cat nappers" it's just that some can get themselves back to sleep easier than others. With the use of sleep associations they can learn to put themselves back to sleep. I wrap my daughter and use a dummy for bed and, sometimes, her eyes are closed before her body is even on the mattress, because she knows that everytime she's in the wrap and dummy is in it's time for sleep. she will always wake after 45 mins (during the day ~ it's like clockwork) but with the dummy back in she will go off again for another 45. we have stuck to this for 9 weeks now and we get at least one day time sleep that lasts about 1.5 - 2hrs without any waking (that i know of) so i know she is learning to go back to sleep all by herself.I couldn't speak highly enough of these "sleep schools" for mums who have a baby that wont settle, or wont STAY settled without being fed, rocked, carried or bounced. With a little persistance, this routine has saved my back and my sanity :):)

Santi - posted on 04/03/2010

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Hi, my baby Adrian also 3mths has a very good sleep cycle. He sleeps good through the night for about 6-8hrs, and wakes up for his first bottle (6oz.)around 7am, Then he stays awake till about 10 or 11am when its his 2nd feedind but at this time i give him 3oz of formula and i add cereal just enough to thicken it a bit, i feed him with a spoon and he eats it really good thats are time he giggles and laughs while im feeding him. I only give him cereal during this time for know, after that he falls asllep for a good 2hrs giving me plenty of time to shower and do some chores oh but i do have to say i sit him in his little viabrating chair and he has to have his soothie to fall asleep. Once he wakes up I sing to him play with him put him on his tummy and talk with him for a good while, Then he takes his bottle and sits on his little chair playing with his toys, and he falls asleep for another 2 hrs.and wakes up at about 7 and the rest of the evening he's awake and active googooing and sticking his tongue out or sticking something in his month. He'll start getting crancky at about 10pm and then the hardest part starts before he is finally ready to call it quits he screams and cries and thats just the way he gets before bed time. I hold him in my arms and rock him and finally he falls asleep for good but I do give him his bottle before he's down. I think the cereal really helps him sleep more even though I give it to him early he stays satisfied longer and sleeps better sometimes i think he sleeps too much but i know its good for him. If your having a problem try a swing or a vibrating chair like I have. Also I'm getting ready to buy him a baby recliner I saw online and they have them at a store close to me that are suppose to be great for them to nap in or even sleep all night. You should check it out. www.napnanny.com

Morgan - posted on 04/02/2010

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hi, i was told 10 hours is what a 3 month need for normal healthy development and anything over that is a bonus

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son is 15 weeks old and he has 3-5 naps per day ranging from 20 minutes to an hour. Dr says its okay when a baby wants to sleep let them sleep. He does fight his sleep which makes him cranky. To deal with that I rock him or give him a bath; bath time works wonders!

Kirsten - posted on 04/02/2010

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All ababies are different, what works for one wont work for another. you have just try and follow the cues your baby gives you. I personally found the sleep positon effects the sleep. My son will only sleep soundly on his tummy, which everyone says is bad. On his back he startles and wakes himself, so I go by what works for us. He is a good sleeper, and tends to sleep evan more when I'm home, than when daddy has him (who takes care of him durring the week). Don't worry about what baby "should" do, its just a generalization.

Andrea - posted on 04/01/2010

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My 3 mo. daughter is generally awake for 2 hours before she wants another nap. She is like clockwork. Here is what I looked up:

As a new parent, that's probably one of your biggest questions. Below are some general guidelines as to how many hours of sleep the average child requires at various ages. Of course, every child is different — some need up to two hours more or less sleep than others.

Age Nighttime Daytime Total
1 month 8 1/2 7 (3) 15 1/2
3 months 10 5 (3) 15
6 months 11 3 1/4 (2) 14 1/4
9 months 11 3 (2) 14
12 months 11 1/4 2 1/2 (2) 13 3/4
18 months 11 1/4 2 1/4 (1) 13 1/2
2 years 11 2 (1) 13
3 years 10 1/2 1 1/2 (1) 12
* number of naps in parentheses

Katie - posted on 04/01/2010

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it depends on the baby i just put mine to sleep when he gets tired and cranky so sometimes he has 2 45min naps in morning then in the arvo has a 2 hr or 3 hr nap just depends how he feels

i have read they are supose to have 15hr so its 10hrs night time sleep and 5 during the day

and some days my boy is moody too! its normal dont stress :p

Catherine - posted on 03/30/2010

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my little boy harrison who is also 3 months varies with his sleep and depends on what we're doin really..some days it seems like he sleeps loads then other days hes awake a lot so i just go along with him really if hes tired there aint no way you can keep a baby awake when there tired anyways lol

Dreama - posted on 03/30/2010

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Well I have twin boys and heres to show you that every baby is different, one of them will sleep all day if i let him, wake up lomg enought o eat and then back to sleep might stay awake for 2-3 hrs a day, while the other will sleep for an hour here or there but is always happy when hes awake, but my trick is to rock them. I rock them to sleep at night and durring the day if they are really fussy. they sat that a baby should sleep to help with devlopement but at the same time not to over stimulate them that makes them crabby. So try everything anything that works then keep using that. Also i have a cd that plays nature sounds and they LOVE that! the sound of the ocean and birds singing helps alot! also try a swing they love that also...Hope this helps

Lindsay - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi there!
My little on is 3 months and he only cat naps during the day, but usually sleeps very well in the evening. He usually has about 3-4 cat naps throughout the day, so not very long at all...Hope that semi helps :)
Cheers!!

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2010

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Yes, babies are different, just like people they can go on less sleep than others. But generally, half an hr sleep isnt enough, its just one sleep cycle. Have you ever giving your baby the chance to go back to sleep after this half an housr catnap? The odds are he would, if given the chance.
My baby used to do the same, until i gave her the chance to go back to sleep. Sometimes it takes an hr, but she does go back to sleep, and has a proper sleep and wakes up fresh happy- and stays that way for longer!
This is my babys "rough routine", there are no set times, so im using them as an example.
5am- wake and feed
Play for half hr
6:00-bed
8am-wake & feed
Play for hr-1 1/2 hrs (until tired signs show)
9:30-Bed
11:30-12-Wake & feed
Play until tired signs shown
1:30-Bed
4pm- Wake and feed
Play
5pm-Bath
5:15/30- Top up feed
Story/cuddles/lullaby
6:00-Bed.
Then it begins all over again the next morning. Only very occasionally will she wake around 10-11pm for a feed but shes straight back to sleep afterwards. :)
Babies can be taught to follow a certain "structure" -for lack of a better word- from about 3months onwards, once theyre out of that newborn phase.

Lucia - posted on 03/29/2010

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I think every baby is different. My baby catnaps about half an hour every two hours ad then sleeps from about 9:30-7:30 (waking up to eat a couple times). His doctor said many babies don't fall into a regular cycle until 4 or 5 months.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2010

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Its a place called Tresillian, its a live-in centre with nurses who specialise in sleeping/feeding and behavioural problems in babies and young children. they teach you to use your babys cues and get them sleeping going by these. Ava doesnt sleep at the same time everyday or for the same amount of time. But you have a basic routine of feed,play sleep. So whenever they wake up, you feed them, have them play until you see their tired signs then pop them into bed. :) its amazing and shes a new baby because of it.
But if anyones baby already has a routine or structure going for them then thats great too!
It was just what i chose to do because my baby wasnt getting more than 1hr sleep max in the day, and wasnt developing properly because of it.
:)
Basically i was just letting Cagla know the basic sleep requirements for a 3month old and telling her how i go about making sure mine gets it :)
x

Leigh - posted on 03/29/2010

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Huh, my baby is generally on the same schedule Jessica........she's made up her own schedule and I've heped her stay on it along the way, same bedtime, same wakeup time, same naptimes as your baby! Are you referring to a book or idea? What is it? Lyla started sleeping thru the night @ 1 month and has gotten herself into this schedule, she will sleep longer in the afternoon if we have a visitor in the am or I have an overly-stimulating play session with her,

Jessica - posted on 03/28/2010

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Its not a strict schedule at all. I dont have set times for everything (12pm feed, 1pm sleep, etc) I just follow her cues, as you said.
If you watch carefully a 3month old will get tired after about 1hr-1 1/2-some babies dont cry when their tired, i know mine doesnt!!. I watch for when this happens and then get her ready for bed.
Letting her go to sleep on her own means that i dont have to rock her to sleep everytime she wakes up. half an hr sleep really isnt enough, though of course theyre going to be happy to see you if you go in everytime she wakes..
1/2 hr is the end of one sleep cycle, we all wake after sleep cycles, though as adults we dont remember because we've learnt to just put ourselves straight back to sleep. My baby knows how to do that now, and so she can sleep her minumum hr & 1/2 no problems without help getting back to sleep from me.
She is much happier, even though she didnt seem unhappy before, i notice the difference now.
Whatever works for you is fine. But I answered the question "how much sleep SHOULD they be getting" and its roughly 15-16hrs per 24hrs. My baby sleeps 11hrs at night and then has 2 or 3, 2-3hr sleeps in the day, which means she is getting enough sleep!
There is nothing to "buy".. im not making her stick to a strict schedule, she sleeps at different times and for different times everyday.. I was just giving what information I had!
You can use it, or not!

Melisa - posted on 03/28/2010

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Hmm I don't really know what to think about the all that Jessica. I am really into just following her cues. That scheduling sounds too rigid for us. I can tell when my baby is tired. And when she wants to wake up, if it's only 30 minutes, that's fine. She is the happiest baby and hardly ever cries. She can go a whole dus without crying so I am quite sure she is getting the sleep she needs. We just listen to her and check everyhting that could be wrong. As for her development, she is exactly where she should be! So I don't know. I just don't buy it. We have gotten by for ages without knowing this information. I think knowing your baby is the most important thing.. follow what she has to say.

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2010

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And for those who think no sleep is still learning, its not!!! Sleep is what turns things into memories, what stores the days info in your brain. There are different stages of sleep, all which have a different job, all soooo important. If your baby isnt getting enough sleep theyre not growing mentally, or physically!!!
Look up sleep cycles for babies, theres heaps of info, theyre sooo important and vital for your baby. Please get help getting your baby to sleep if you need it.. Mines a new girl! :)
If you have any questions i know heaps now. So ask away and ill do my best!!!

Sharlie - posted on 03/27/2010

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my son is 3months and is a bottle feed every 4hr and he sleeps for 2-3hr after his bottle in the day time .. and sleeps all night

Samantha - posted on 03/27/2010

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My baby boy sleeps the same as your son Cagla. He will wake's up between 6-7am and has a bottle, then plays for about 1/2 hr, then it's nap time. He sleeps for 2 to 3 hours, then back up for a bottle then plays for a while, then back to sleep. he will do this all day if i let him. bedtime is 11ish. then we start all over again. it doesn't seem to bother him to sleep like that in the day time, then go to bed at night. so i let him.

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hi all. I agree with you Audrey...we follow Gina ford too! They need approx 3- 3 1/2 hours total during the day and then 12 hours at night so a total of 15 hours per 24 hours for the best opportunity to get the rewt they need for healthy brain and overall growth and development. Once I learnt this...getting the routine right was then alot easier! She now gets up about 6.30/40am. Naps from 8.30-9.15/30am and then again at about 12noon till 2pm then between 4 and 5pm. She sleeps ALL night from between 7/8pm till she gets up again about 6.40am! She is the happiest baby on this time and so am I!!!! Hope this answers your question??? All the best everyone!!!!!! Do what works for you!!!!!!!!!! I just remember the rule of thumb...feed every 4 and sleep every 2 hours for health and happiness!!! :)

Kristi - posted on 03/26/2010

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i put my daught on her side on the couch and she will slep ablut 45minutes-1 hour about every 2 hours a day.. and i never put her down for a nap afer 6pm so then she will go to bed easily..

Louise - posted on 03/26/2010

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Harriet naps about 3 times a day about 1/2 -3/4 hour in the morning, about 2 hours after waking, then the same around noon & if lucky 20 mins about 4. She seems fine on this then goes to bed by 7.30 up at 6-7 in the morning with 2-3 feeds during the night

Belinda - posted on 03/26/2010

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I heard the opposite, i heard that when they are awake all the time their brain develops more because theyre alert to whats going on around them and take it all in. I wouldnt worry to much at this stage. If doesnt want to sleep dont force it, if like your saying though he is gettin tired and will only sleep outside maybe you somehow need to find a way to make that work. I gave up worrying about how much my lil girl slept during the day she can stay awake for anywhere from an 30 mins to 3 hours depending on how she feels and i just put her to bed when shes tired and shel generally sleep at least an hour sometimes two and she just does that on and off all day. She sleeps well in her bed but when were out she needs to be rocked and have her paci to be able to relax enough to sleep. And this is a big improvement, up until she was 2 months old the only place she would sleep was on me which made it hard to do anything. As long as she's feeding well and sleeping ok at night i'm not to bothered, it was hard before that 2 month mark for us tho so i feel your pain lol. Good luck

Audrey - posted on 03/25/2010

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I follow the "contented little baby" routines and at almost 3 months, she sleeps around 3 hours during the day. 30mins-1hr from 9am-10am, 2hrs from 12-2pm and maybe a quick nap between 4-5pm but we're supposed to be encouraging her to stay awake during that last period. Working pretty good for us although getting her to sleep the 2hrs during lunch doesn't always go to plan, we just take what we can get. As for how you get them to sleep, try researching 'sleep associations'. If they associate sleep with a certain activity or object, they will need that to get to sleep. Bad habits forming can be hard to break.

Amy - posted on 03/23/2010

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I was reading that on average, a baby in the fourth month should have about 3 naps which could last anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours. My baby is 14 weeks old and she takes three naps, all of which are about 30 minutes to an hour. She is perfectly happy with that. But I read that they really don't get a normal nap schedule until they are four months old.

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I'm having problems with naps with my 15 wk old. I usually try to tire him out with tummy time, activity gym and play with him to get him to nap longer than 15-30 minutes. sometimes he does nap from 5 pm to bath time at 8. I was just telling my hubby how much I missed when he would fall asleep easily. Now he wakes up with any little noise, even my voice. I'm thinking about getting a dog just so he can get used to noise since its just he n I at home all the time.

Cagla - posted on 03/23/2010

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Hi Nicole,

Thx for this information. It is nice to hear that it is also good to be stimulated. However, my problem is; he really wants to sleep but he can't fell a sleep unless he is outdoors. If he can't sleep he cries all the time. I rock him in my arms, nurse him or I put him in his stroller and rock him in the house and nothing works. However, he sleeps in 5 mins as soon as we are out in the garden. That's the weird thing.

But I am reliefed to hear that it is still good for his brain development if he won't sleep much. When I start working, I won't be thinking and worrying if he is having his nap or not.

Cagla - posted on 03/23/2010

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Hi Amy,

Just wanted to tell you that my son sleeps well (4 hours straight) only when I take him to the garden and have one tour in the garden with his stroller and leave him in the fresh air outside. If I am not at home he never sleeps only 20-30 mins naps. He also sleeps well when I take him for a tour with my car but it is not as efficient as the stroller and the fresh air. I want to know the magic of putting him to sleep in the house, so that I can sleep while he sleeps. Otherwise, if I leave him in the garden I can't sleep as I can't leave him alone in the garden ;) Also, I will soon start working and I don't think his nanny would bother to take him out with his stroller. I am quite worrying.

However, at night he sleeps in his own bed. He has bizarre habits...

I recommend you to take her to a park near you with her stroller if you haven't tried yet. It might work for her as well.

Nicole - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daughter sleeps for a max 2 hrs during the day, usually in 3 blocks which tend to be on adverage 15-30 mins, she wont usually nap untill she is fed. however she sleeps really well at night. my health visitor has said simple all babies are different and if they need more sleep they will let you know about it but also babies can never have too much sleep. she also said that while sleep is good for development so is being active and stimulated. Sorry this is probably clear as mud but all i ever get told is if baby wants sleep they will sleep

Amy - posted on 03/23/2010

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I would love to know also! I just got on and was about to post about the same thing Cagla! My little girl is very anti-nap. The only time she does take a nap is when I nurse her to sleep and if I can manage to get her in her crib without her waking up, and usually it ends up her waking up 5 minutes later. I know she needs to sleep during the day and I don't know what to do to get her to! Any suggestions would be great!

Kelly - posted on 03/23/2010

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Mine has 2 or 3 cat naps a day and thats it! Yesterday was unusual and he slept for 2 hrs straight at one point. His naps usually only last 45 min- 1hr

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