Sleep aids for 3 month olds.

Emily - posted on 05/30/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My sis-in-law has a 3 month old who is only sleeping about 9-10 hours in a 24 hour period. Any suggestions on how to get this little one to sleep more? Thanks!

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Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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Follow a pattern of eat/play/sleep. For a three month old it would be nursing(20-40 mins) then some wake/play(around 30 mins) then nap/sleep time, feeding about every three hours. I got this from a book called Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Buchnam. It's an excellent book about getting your baby on a sleep schedule and using the Parent Directed Feeding (PDF) method as opposed to Demand feeding/nursing. It teaches your baby how to sleep through the night also. Mine was sleeping through the night by about three months old. I recommend the book to every parent.

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This should probably be discussed with the baby's pediatrician. Has the lack of sleep impacted the baby;s growth and milestones?

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Jaime - posted on 05/31/2011

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lol JuLeah...I'm picturing this tiny tot sucking back a big thermos of coffee...bahahahah!

JuLeah - posted on 05/30/2011

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Wow ... does she drink coffee and bf feed him? Is he sneaking coffee? I'd chat with a doctor

Jaime - posted on 05/30/2011

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I agree this is a matter for the pediatrician. At 3 mos of age, the baby is still quite young to be on any kind of set schedule with sleeping. It sounds like colic, but I suggest taking the baby to see the doctor before trying any home remedies just yet.

Christy - posted on 05/30/2011

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Try a bedtime routine that helps relax the baby and wear him or her out. Cereal before bed, topped off with milk, a warm bath, and a prewarmed bed will help baby sleep really good!

Also, baby should be napping at least twice a day. Setting a nap time routine would be helpful as well. Turn down the lights, prewarm the bed, snuggle baby in receiving blanket and tuck her in at the same time everyday. Baby will get used to the schedule and learn to enjoy the routine.

Erica - posted on 05/30/2011

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do exercises to relieve gas. bicycle kicks (lay the baby on its back and make it do bicycle kicks to relieve gas). don't let the baby take so many cat naps during the day. do things to stimulate her while she's awake so she WANTS to sleep. DO NOT GIVE HER MEDICINE TO MAKE HER SLEEP. the only things that are really safe for her right now are motrin and tylenol and i don't even thing they want u to give motrin to babies that young. there has to be a reason why she's not sleeping. try putting a little bit of rice cereal in her bottle at night so she sleeps longer. other than that, your sis is just gonna have to deal with it. my daughter woke up ever 2 hours for 18 months. i was a tired mess, but that was just how she was. not all babies are "easy".

Emily - posted on 05/30/2011

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Not 9-10 hours a night....in a 24 hour period so no sleep whatsoever from 9am until 11pm. I don't think a baby could survive with 3 hours total.

Katherine - posted on 05/30/2011

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9-10 HOURS!!!!! That's a lot! Mine only slept 3. I mean I'm sorry but that's a lot for a 3mo. I wouldn't be complaining.

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